How the CWMU Program Works
The Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) program in Utah serves as a crucial initiative to encourage landowners to maintain their private lands as wildlife habitat instead of developing them. This program encompasses a substantial amount of land and provides hunting opportunities. Here's how the program operates:
- CWMUs cover more than two million acres of land in Utah.
- In 2023, they will issue over 4,700 big game and antlerless hunting permits.
- Approximately one-third of these permits are available to the general public through the state's big game drawing.
Advantages of CWMU Hunting
Hunting on CWMUs offers several advantages to both public and private hunters, including:
- Increased chances of a successful hunt.
- Reduced competition with fewer hunters.
Obtaining a CWMU Permit
For Utah residents, there are two ways to obtain a CWMU permit:
Public Drawing: You can apply for a permit through the state's public drawing.
Voucher from Landowner: You may obtain a permit voucher directly from the landowner or operator of the specific CWMU you wish to hunt.
Non-residents of Utah can acquire permit vouchers but cannot participate in the public drawing.
Using Your CWMU Permit
- A CWMU permit allows you to hunt only within the specified CWMU.
- You are limited to taking one animal of the species and sex listed on the permit.
- Waiting periods may apply, depending on the species and permit type.
- There are restrictions on obtaining multiple permits for certain species in a single year.
CWMU landowner association members, operators, and their immediate family members cannot apply for CWMU permits in the public drawing.
The Utah Wildlife Board has established specific timeframes for hunting on CWMUs. These timeframes vary depending on the weapon used and the species hunted. Please note that Sundays are typically not included in the hunting timeframes unless agreed upon by both the hunter and the CWMU operator.
Reporting Harvest Success
New for this year, CWMU permit holders must report hunt information within 30 days after their hunt concludes. This reporting requirement includes antlerless harvests.
If you encounter issues with a CWMU, you can file a complaint with the Division of Wildlife Resources. Efforts should be made to resolve issues locally before escalating them to the Division level.
For additional information about the CWMU program, including maps of CWMU properties, visit wildlife.utah.gov/CWMU.