Bison Hunting in Utah
Bison hunting in Utah is a unique and limited opportunity, governed by Utah Admin. Rule R657-5-38. Here's what you need to know about bison hunting in the state:
Obtaining a Bison Permit
- To hunt bison, you must possess a bison permit.
- You may obtain a bison permit through the big game drawing only once in your lifetime.
- An exception to this once-in-a-lifetime rule is that you may purchase an over-the-counter permit for the Nine Mile unit (see page 34 for details).
Types of Bison Permits
- If you obtained a hunter's choice bison permit, you may use the weapon type listed on your permit to take one bison of either sex within the area and season specified on your permit.
- If you obtained a cow bison permit, you may use the weapon type listed on your permit to take only a cow bison within the area and season specified on your permit.
- Note: You may obtain only one bison permit of any kind during the 2023 season.
- All bison hunters must review educational information about shot placement before the hunt. Details about this requirement will accompany your permit. Visit wildlife.utah.gov/bisonhunting for more information about shot placement.
- All of Utah's bison permits, along with bull moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat permits, are considered once-in-a-lifetime permits. This means you can draw a permit for each of these species only once in your lifetime.
Online Orientation Course
- If you drew a cow bison permit, you must complete the online orientation course located at wildlife.utah.gov/biggame. You'll receive your permit after successfully completing the course.
- If you drew an Antelope Island bison permit, the Utah Division of State Parks may require you to complete a course before you can hunt. You'll be notified about the date, time, and location of the course before the hunt begins. You'll receive your permit after successfully completing the course.
Nine Mile Bison Opportunity
- In 2020, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a bison hunting opportunity for the Nine Mile unit. This unit is extraordinarily rugged and difficult to access, resulting in fairly low hunting success rates.
- Hunters willing to give up future opportunities to apply for a bison permit in the big game drawing may purchase an over-the-counter bison hunting permit for this area.
- There is a mandatory online course that explains access issues and the challenges of the hunt. For additional details about this hunt and to take the course, visit wildlife.utah.gov/biggame.