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Black bear GUIDEBOOK
wildlife.utah.gov Utah Black Bear • 2010
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Utah Black Bear • 2010
bear pursuit 3
Utah’s black bear country stays busy
6 License and permit fees
in the summertime.
7 Basic requirements
It’s easy for bears to find food, for
7 It’s required: Hunter education
houndsmen to train their dogs and for 9 Black bear permits
outdoor enthusiasts to visit their favorite 9 Applying for a bear permit
campsites and hiking trails. 10 Bonus points
Unfortunately, when all three— 11 Conservation and sportsman
bears, houndsmen and recreationists— permits
appear in the same area at the same 12 Bear orientation course
time, there can be conflict. 12 Harvest reporting
In the summer of 2009, the Division 12 Pursuit permits
received more than 150 complaints from 12 New law affecting guides and
campers and hikers during the summer outfitters
pursuit season. 13 Waiting period
To address these concerns, the Utah 13 Hunters with disabilities
Wildlife Board split the summer pursuit 13 Sales final: exceptions and refunds
season on a few high-traffic units and 14 Camp and hike responsibly
restricted the number of permits avail- 15 Field requirements
able in those areas. 15 Hunting hours
The Board also voted to limit pack 15 Checkpoints and officer contacts
sizes—for summer pursuit only—on 15 Firearms and hunting equipment
16 Are you allowed to possess a
all pursuit units statewide. Now, during
the summer pursuit season, no more
17 Prohibited hunting methods
than eight dogs may pursue a bear at 18 Summer conflicts force changes
one time. 18 Bear baiting
To learn more about the restricted 20 Possession and transportation
pursuit units and pack size changes, see 21 Disposal of wildlife
the information box on page 18. 21 Livestock depredation
Please be aware that this guidebook 22 Trespassing
summarizes the rules and laws that 22 Harvest and pursuit restrictions
regulate black bear hunting in Utah. For 23 Why offer a pursuit season?
an in-depth look at these rules and laws, 25 Hunt tables
you can visit wildlife.utah.gov/rules or the 28 Hunt unit boundary descriptions
nearest Division office. 35 Definitions
The guidebook is a proclamation
of the Utah Wildlife Board. Do you have On the cover: Black bear. Photo courtesy of
feedback or suggestions for board mem- First People of America, www.FirstPeople.us
bers? You can find their contact informa-
tion online at wildlife.utah.gov.
ContaCt us HigHligHts
Utah Black Bear • 2010
Offices are open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., What’s new this year?
Monday through Thursday.
More hunting permits: The Utah Wildlife Board
Division offices has approved a 15 percent increase in the number
Salt Lake Office of bear hunting permits available to the public. For
1594 W North Temple season dates and available permit numbers, see the
Box 146301 hunt tables that begin on page 25.
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301
801-538-4700 Restricted pursuit units: In 2010, the summer
pursuit season will be restricted in three units: Book
Cliffs, La Sal (La Sal Mountains and Dolores Triangle)
319 N Carbonville Road, Ste A
and San Juan. Each of those units will have both an
Price, UT 84501
early- and late-summer pursuit season. To obtain a
permit for one of these units, you must apply for a
Southern Region restricted pursuit permit in the state’s bear drawing.
1470 N Airport Road To learn more about this change, see Pursuit permits
Cedar City, UT 84721 on page 12 or the information box on page 18.
Central Region Pack size limits: Beginning in 2010, you cannot
1115 N Main Street use more than eight dogs to pursue a black bear on
Springville, UT 84663 any pursuit unit during the summer pursuit season.
801-491-5678 For more information on this change, see the infor-
mation box on page 18.
152 E 100 N New hunt: In 2010, you can apply to hunt black
Vernal, UT 84078 bears in the Book Cliffs, Little Creek unit. This will be
435-781-9453 a spot-and-stalk hunt, which means that you must
Northern Region locate, pursue and harvest a bear without using
515 E 5300 S hounds or bait. See the hunt table on page 25 for
Ogden, UT 84405 more information about hunting seasons
801-476-2740 and permits.
Guides and outfitters: If you’re a Utah-licensed
guide or outfitter—and you’re accompanying a pay-
Wildlife Board members ing client to pursue black bear—you do not need a
Jake Albrecht Rick Woodard, Chair pursuit permit. For more information on changes in
Del Brady Ernie Perkins, Vice Chair 2010 that affect guides and outfitters, see page 12.
Bill Fenimore James F. Karpowitz,
Season extended: This year, for the first time, you
Tom Hatch Division Director
can hunt black bears in the Central Mountains, Nebo
Keele Johnson Executive Secretary
hunting unit during the extended spring season.
This extension gives hunters a better chance to
harvest bears that might otherwise be removed by
USDA-Wildlife Services for livestock depredation. For
season dates and available permit numbers, see the
hunt tables that begin on page 25.
New spring pursuit unit: In 2010, you can pursue Drawing results available March 11:
Utah Black Bear • 2010
black bears during the spring in the Cache/Ogden/ Results of the 2010 black bear drawing will be
Morgan Rich/East Canyon unit. Pursuit season dates available on March 11. Visit wildlife.utah.gov or call
are listed on page 6. 1-800-221-0659 to see if you were successful.
and remember Orientation course: If you draw a black bear
permit, you must complete an online bear-hunting
Hunting license required: Before you can apply orientation course. You’ll receive your permit after
for a 2010 black bear permit or bonus point—or you finish the course. See page 12 for details.
purchase a pursuit permit—you must have a valid
Utah hunting or combination license. Please see 365-day pursuit permits: Pursuit permits are
pages 7–8 for more information. now valid for 365 days from the day you buy them.
Even though the permits are valid for 365 days,
Buy your license over the phone: You can now please remember that you may pursue bears only
buy a Utah hunting or combination license over the during the state’s pursuit seasons. You’ll find pursuit
telephone. Just call 1-800-221-0659. The line is season dates on page 6 and pursuit restrictions on
staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addi- pages 23–24.
tion to the fee for the license, you’ll also be charged a
$2 transaction fee for each item you buy. Age requirements: If you’re 11 years old, but
you’ll turn 12 during 2010, you can apply for a
Apply for permits online or by phone: If you permit to hunt bears in 2010. Please see page 7 for
plan to hunt black bears in Utah this year, you must more information.
apply for a permit online or by phone no later than
Feb. 25, 2010. There’s an 11 p.m. deadline for online Bear baiting: If you draw a bear limited-entry
applications and a 6 p.m. deadline for phone applica- archery permit, you can also apply for a certificate of
tions. To apply, simply visit wildlife.utah.gov or call registration (COR) that allows you to have up
any Division office. to two bait stations. For more information on using
bait and obtaining a COR, please see pages 18–20.
Don’t lose your hunting and ﬁshing privileges
If you commit a wildlife violation, you could lose the privilege of hunting and sh-
ing in Utah. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources can sus-
pend the license of anyone who knowingly, intentionally
or recklessly violates wildlife laws. Your license can be
suspended for a wildlife violation if:
• You are convicted.
• You plead guilty or no contest.
• You enter a plea in abeyance.
You will be noti ed of any action against
your privilege after criminal proceedings
conclude. And remember, if your license
is suspended in Utah, you may not be per-
mitted to hunt or sh in most other states.
(Visit ianrc.org to see a map of participat-
Private land: The Division cannot guarantee
access to any private land. If you plan to hunt—or take a closer look at the
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engage in any other wildlife-related activities—on rules
private lands, you must obtain WRITTEN permission This guidebook summarizes Utah’s black
from the landowner or the landowner’s authorized bear hunting laws and rules. Although it is
representative. For more information, please see the a convenient quick-reference document for
Trespassing section on page 22. Utah’s regulations, it is not an all-encompass-
Guidebook correction: If errors are found For an in-depth look at Utah’s bear hunting
in this guidebook after it is printed, the Divi-
laws and rules, visit wildlife.utah.gov/rules.
sion will correct them in the online copy. Visit
You can use the references in the
wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks to view digital versions
guidebook—such as Utah Administrative
of all the Division’s guidebooks.
Rule R657-33-3 and Utah Code § 23-20-3—to
Make a difference: You can get involved in search the Division’s Web site for the detailed
the decision-making process for Utah wildlife statute or rule that underpins the guidebook
management—and provide input on rules summary.
and regulations—by attending your local If you have questions about a particular
Regional Advisory Council (RAC) meetings. For rule, call or visit the nearest Division office.
more information on the RACs and schedules, visit
wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings. activity or facility, or if you desire further information
Protection from discrimination: The Division please write to:
receives federal financial assistance from the U.S. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Fish and Wildlife Service. Under Title VI of the Civil Office for Diversity and Civil Rights Programs–
Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation External Programs
Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities 4040 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 130
Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title Arlington, VA 22203
IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Division funding: The Division is mostly funded
Department of the Interior and its bureaus prohibit by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and
discrimination on the basis of race, color, national through federal aid made possible by an excise
origin, age, disability or sex. If you believe that you tax on the sale of firearms and other hunting- and
have been discriminated against in any program, fishing-related equipment.
Key Dates fees
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Hunt applications Resident fees
Applications available Feb. 2 Hunting license (under 14 years of age) $11
Application deadline Feb. 25 Hunting license (14 years of age or $26
Drawing results available March 11 Combination license $30
Bear pursuit permit $30
Hunt season dates
Bear restricted pursuit permit $30‡
Spring* April 10–May 30
Bear limited-entry permit (any legal $83‡
Fall Aug. 28–Sept. 30, weapon)
Nov. 1–Nov. 21 Bear limited-entry archery permit $83‡
season dates for pursuit
units that are not designated nonresident fees
as restricted Hunting license $65
Spring* April 10–May 30 Combination license $80
Summer July 10–Aug. 8 Bear pursuit permit $30
Bear restricted pursuit permit $30‡
Fall Nov. 1–Nov. 21
Bear limited-entry permit (any legal $308‡
season dates for restricted weapon)
pursuit units† Bear limited-entry archery permit $308‡
Early summer July 8–22 other permit types
Late summer July 29–Aug. 12 Bear damage permit $30
(See Livestock depredation on page 21)
* Some units offer an extended spring season for both
hunting and pursuit. For specific season dates, see the table Bait station certificate of registration $10
on page 25. (See Bear baiting on page 18)
† The Book Cliffs, La Sal (La Sal Mountains and Dolores ‡ In addition to the above fees, you will also be charged a
Triangle) and San Juan units are Utah’s only restricted $10 nonrefundable application fee if you apply for the
pursuit units. Restrictions only apply during the early and hunt drawing.
late summer pursuit seasons. To learn more about applying
for a restricted pursuit permit, see page 9.
Are you planning to hunt or pursue black bears in Utah this year? Before you apply for a
Utah Black Bear • 2010
permit, make sure you meet Utah’s age, hunter education and license requirements.
are you old enough? course approved by the Division before you can apply
Utah Code §§ 23-19-22.5 and 23-20-20 for or obtain a hunting license or a bear permit.
To hunt or pursue a black bear in Utah, you must This proof can be a hunter education course
be at least 12 years old by Dec. 31, 2010. Certificate of Completion (this certificate is called
Note: If you’re 11 years old, but you’ll be 12 by a “blue card” in Utah) or a hunting license from a
Dec. 31, 2010, you may apply for and obtain a black previous year with your hunter education number
bear permit this year. All sales are final. noted on the license.
If you’re under the age of 16, you must be If you become a Utah resident, and you’ve
accompanied in the field by your parent, a legal completed a hunter education course in another
guardian or a responsible person 21 years of age or state, province or country, you must obtain a blue
older. For more information on this requirement, see card before you can apply for or buy a resident hunt-
the information box on page 8. ing license or a resident bear permit. You can obtain
a Utah blue card at any Division office by providing
Have you passed hunter proof that you’ve completed a hunter education
education? course approved by the Division. The card costs $10.
Utah Code § 23-19-11 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-23 For more information on how to complete Utah’s
If you were born after Dec. 31, 1965, you must hunter education course, see the information box
provide proof that you’ve passed a hunter education below or visit wildlife.utah.gov/huntereducation.
it’s required: Hunter register for and complete the hunter education
education course as soon as possible after purchasing your
If you were born after 1965, you must take registration certificate.
and successfully complete the state’s hunter After completing the course, you will receive
education course. It’s an easy process: your official hunter education card (commonly
1. Obtain a hunter education registration known as the “blue card”) by mail. It will be
certificate. Each certificate costs $10, and you can sent to the address listed on your registration
obtain them online at wildlife.utah.gov or over the certificate. This card certifies that you passed
counter from the Division or a license agent. hunter education.
2. Register for a class with your local hunter You should also keep the following in mind:
education instructor. • Hunters under the age of 16 must be accom-
3. Take your registration certificate to your panied by an adult while hunting.
instructor on the first night of class. • Regardless of when a student graduates, all
4. Successfully complete the course—your hunting regulations (such as season dates
instructor will then validate your certificate. and bag limits) will apply.
The validated certificate serves as your hunting • Students who are planning to hunt out of
license. state should allow enough time for their
Note: Both the registration certificate hunter education card to arrive in the mail.
and the corresponding hunting license are valid For more information or to see a list of
for 365 days from the date of purchase. The online hunter education courses, please visit
license enables you to apply for or obtain permits wildlife.utah.gov/huntereducation. You can
in the Division’s hunt drawings. In order to also contact your local Division office or call
maximize your hunting opportunities, you should 801-538-4727.
Do you have a license?
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Utah Code §§ 23-19-1 and 23-19-22.5 adults must accompany
You must have a current Utah hunting or combi- young hunters
Utah Code § 23-20-20
nation (hunting and fishing) license before you can:
• Apply for a black bear limited-entry permit While hunting with any weapon, a person
(for archery or any legal weapon), a restricted under 14 years old must be accompanied
pursuit permit or a bonus point by his or her parent, legal guardian or other
• Purchase a black bear pursuit permit responsible person who is 21 years of age or
Licenses are available at wildlife.utah.gov and older and who has been approved by the par-
from license agents and Division offices. ent or guardian.
Be sure to take a quick look at the date on your A person at least 14 years old and under
license before you apply for any permits or points. As 16 years old must be accompanied by a person
long as your license is valid on the date you submit 21 years of age or older while hunting with any
your application, you don’t have to purchase a new weapon.
license for the actual hunt. The Division encourages adults to be
For example, assume that your license expires on familiar with hunter education guidelines or to
June 25, 2010. If you apply before that date, you do complete the hunter education course before
not have to purchase a new license for your hunt. All accompanying youth into the field.
hunting and combination licenses are valid for 365 While in the field, the youth and the adult
days from the date of purchase. must remain close enough for the adult to see
and provide verbal assistance to the young
Carry your permit hunter. Using electronic devices, such as
If you are successful in obtaining a black bear walkie-talkies or cell phones, does not meet
permit of any kind, you must have it on your person this requirement.
while in the field. You cannot alter your license or
permit, nor can you sell, transfer or loan either of
them to another person.
If you want to hunt it tomorrow,
help us protect it today.
Turn In a Poacher
BlaCK BeaR PeRMits
In Utah, you must have a valid permit in your possession in order to harvest or pursue a
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black bear. This section describes Utah’s bear permits and explains how you can obtain them.
types of permits your permit. This permit is available through
Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-3 and R657-33-27 the state’s bear drawing.
If you want to pursue or hunt black bear in Utah, • Bear limited-entry archery permit—
your permit options are as follows: This permit authorizes you to use archery
• Bear pursuit permit—This permit autho- tackle to pursue and harvest one black bear
rizes you to pursue, but not kill, black bears in the area and season specified on your
on any pursuit unit that is not designated as permit. This permit is available through the
restricted during all three pursuit seasons (see state’s bear drawing.
page 6 for season dates). You may also use a You may not apply for or obtain more than one
pursuit permit on restricted pursuit units dur- permit to harvest a bear in 2010. You can, however,
ing the spring and fall pursuit seasons. You can obtain a bear pursuit permit in addition to a limited-
purchase a pursuit permit at wildlife.utah.gov, entry permit.
from a license agent or at any Division office. Important: Before you can obtain any of the
• Bear restricted pursuit permit—This above permits—or a bonus point—you must have
permit authorizes you to pursue, but not kill, a valid Utah hunting or combination (hunting and
black bears on one of the three restricted fishing) license. If you don’t have a license, you can
pursuit units listed in the table on page 27. The buy one online when you apply for your permit.
permit is also valid for all pursuit seasons on all
other units, except the other restricted pursuit applying for a bear
units during the summer seasons. This permit permit
is available through the state’s bear drawing. Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-3, R657-33-27, R657-42 and R657-62
For more information on this new permit, see Your first, and probably only, chance to obtain
“Pursuit permits” on page 12. a bear permit is through the state’s bear drawing.
• Bear limited-entry permit (any legal Please note the following dates if you want to apply
weapon)—This permit authorizes you to use for a permit and enter the drawing.
any legal weapon to pursue and harvest one
February 2: Apply online for a permit or
black bear in the area and season specified on
Beginning Feb. 2, 2010, both residents
obtain permission to hunt and nonresidents can apply for a bear permit—or a
private property bonus point—online at wildlife.utah.gov.
If you want to hunt on private property, You can also apply by calling any Division office
you must obtain written permission from the during regular business hours (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
landowner before you can hunt. Ideally, you Monday through Thursday).
should have permission before you even apply To apply for a resident permit, you must be
for a permit. a resident on the date the permit is purchased.
If you obtain written permission in March 11, 2010 is considered the purchase date of
advance, you know you’ll be able to use the the permit and the date by which you must establish
permit if you draw it. residency in the state of Utah. Only nonresidents
The Division cannot guarantee access to may apply for nonresident permits. To determine
private land, and the agency does not have whether you’re a resident, please see the definition
the names of landowners who own property on page 36.
where hunts occur. Here’s what you need to know in order to apply
for a bear limited-entry permit, a bear restricted
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Bonus points dom drawing number) to eligible applicants
Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-8 with the greatest number of bonus points.
You will receive a bonus point every year you Then, any remaining reserved permits are
apply for a bear permit but don’t draw one. allocated to eligible applicants with the
If you don’t want to hunt a bear in the current next greatest number of bonus points.
year, you may apply for a bonus point by selecting • The allocation process continues until all
the appropriate bonus point code (BER) and pay- reserved permits have been issued.
ing the $10 application fee. The application period • If your circumstances change—and you
is Feb. 2–25, 2010. decide not to hunt—you may choose to
To apply for a bonus point, you must be surrender your bear permit. If you surrender
eligible for the hunt for which you are applying. it before the season opening date, the Divi-
For example, if you are eligible for a bear permit, sion can waive the waiting period, reinstate
you are eligible to apply for a bear bonus point. your bonus points and award you a bonus
You may apply for either a bear permit or a point for the current year (just as if you
bonus point, but NOT both. hadn’t drawn a permit).
How your bonus points work in the drawing When you CANNOT apply for a bear permit or
• Fifty percent (rounded down) of the permits receive a bonus point
for each hunting unit are reserved for ap- You cannot apply for a bear permit or obtain a
plicants with the most bonus points. bonus point if either of the following
• Applicants are sorted into groups by the conditions apply:
number of bonus points, from highest • You are currently under wildlife license
to lowest. suspension for hunting bear.
• You receive one random drawing number • You are currently under a waiting period
for your bear permit application and one for bear.
for each bear bonus point you already have. For a complete copy of these regula-
Your lowest random number is then used in tions (Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-8) visit
the drawing. wildlife.utah.gov/rules or call any Division office.
• Reserved permits are allocated (by a ran-
pursuit permit or a bear bonus point: been drawn separately for residents and
• You may select up to three hunt unit choices nonresidents, a second crossover drawing will
when applying for a bear permit. Your choices combine remaining resident and nonresident
must be listed in order of preference. permits. (For example, if nonresident permits
• You cannot apply for both a bear limited-entry are available for a certain hunt, they will be
permit (archery or any legal weapon) and a filled by residents who were unsuccessful in
bonus point. the drawing for the same hunt.)
• Group applications are not accepted. When you submit your application, you’ll be
• When applying, you must specify whether charged a nonrefundable $10 application fee. If
you want a restricted pursuit permit, a you purchase your hunting or combination license
limited-entry permit (any legal weapon) or a during the application process, you’ll also be charged
limited-entry archery permit. If you draw an a license fee. Permit fees will be charged after the
archery permit, you can bait bears, but you drawing, if you are successful.
must obtain a certificate of registration before You can use American Express, Discover, Mas-
you set up a bait station. For more information terCard and VISA credit or debit cards as payment,
on this requirement, see pages 18–20. and they must be valid through April 2010. You can
• If any bear permits remain after permits have also use a pre-paid credit card. If you have questions
about using a pre-paid credit card, check with your
financial institution for more information. Residency
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Utah Code § 23-13-2(37)
February 25: Deadline for permit Before you apply for a black bear permit,
applications and bonus points it’s important to know whether you are a legal
Utah Admin. Rule R657-62 resident of the state of Utah. See the definition
You must apply for a bear limited-entry of residency on page 36 to determine whether
permit, a bear restricted pursuit permit or a bear you are a resident or a nonresident.
bonus point online or by phone no later than Feb. 25,
2010. There’s an 11 p.m. deadline for online applica- the mandatory bear orientation course. For more
tions and a 6 p.m. deadline for phone applications. information, see page 12.
To apply, simply visit wildlife.utah.gov or call any Please be aware that if you receive your permit,
Division office. and then the credit card you used for payment is
Withdrawing and resubmitting your application refused, your permit becomes invalid and you may
Did you make a mistake in your online permit not participate in the bear pursuit or hunt. If this
application? Simply withdraw your original online happens, please call 1-800-221-0659 to resolve
application and submit a new, correct application the problem.
before 11 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2010.
You must have your confirmation number, March 25: Remaining permits available
your customer ID and your date of birth in order to Any permits remaining after the bear drawing
withdraw your application. For each new application will be available beginning March 25, 2010 at 7
you submit, you will be charged a $10 nonrefund- a.m. You can buy permits at wildlife.utah.gov and at
able application fee. license agent locations and Division offices.
If you need help with your online application, Remaining permits are available on a first-come,
please call any Division office before 6 p.m. on Feb. first-served basis. You must have a valid hunting
25, 2010. A Division employee will be available to license or a combination license to buy one of
assist you! these permits.
A license agent list is available online at
March 1: Deadline for withdrawing your wildlife.utah.gov/licenses/agent.html. Before you visit
application any of the agents, contact them to verify their hours
If you decide not to hunt, you can withdraw your of operation.
online permit application at no cost until 11 p.m. on Any bear limited-entry permit purchased after
March 1, 2010. the season opens is not valid until seven days after
Please remember that the handling fees you the date of purchase.
submitted with your application are not refundable.
March 11: Drawing results available sportsman permits
You’ll be notified of your drawing results by Utah Admin. Rule R657-41
e-mail. You can also learn your drawing results by Conservation permits for taking black bear
visiting wildlife.utah.gov or by calling 1-800-221- are often available through official tax-exempt
0659, starting March 11, 2010. conservation organizations. These groups sell the
To protect applicants’ privacy—and to comply permits at auction or use them in wildlife-related
with changes in governmental records access fundraising activities.
laws—you’ll receive access to only your own draw- Sportsman permits are available through
ing results. the sportsman permit drawing. For more infor-
If you draw a hunting permit, you’ll receive mation about this drawing, see page 31 of the
your permit in the mail in April after you complete 2010 Utah Big Game Guidebook located online at
A complete copy of the conservation and To report your harvest after business hours (7
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sportsman permit regulations (Utah Admin. Rule a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Thursday) or over the
R657-41) is available at Division offices or at weekend, please call your local police department
wildlife.utah.gov/rules. (on a non-emergency line). They will contact a
conservation officer who can assist you.
Bear orientation course For more information on the reporting and tag-
If you draw a bear limited-entry permit (archery ging process, see page 20.
or any legal weapon), you must complete a bear
orientation course. Pursuit permits
You will find the course online at Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-4
wildlife.utah.gov/bear. There are two types of bear pursuit permits:
After you successfully complete the course, the restricted pursuit permits and pursuit permits. Both
Division will mail your permit. permits allow you to pursue a bear, but they differ in
when and where they authorize pursuit.
Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-17 Restricted pursuit permits
If you harvest a bear, you must contact the Restricted pursuit permits are new this year,
Division within 48 hours. You will need to report added because of extensive conflicts between
where the bear was taken and meet with a Division houndsmen and other recreationists during the 2009
employee to have a permanent tag affixed to summer pursuit season.
the carcass. You may obtain a restricted pursuit permit for
either the early- or late-summer pursuit season on
only one of the following units:
new law affecting guides • Book Cliffs
and outfitters • La Sal (La Sal Mountains and Dolores Triangle)
In 2009, the Utah Legislature passed the • San Juan
Outdoor Guides and Outfitters Licensing Act. Your restricted pursuit permit is also valid for all
The new law states that starting in pursuit seasons on all other units, except the other
January 2010, guides must be licensed by the restricted units during the summer seasons.
state of Utah—and operate under a state- Your best chance of obtaining a restricted
licensed outfitter—before they can legally
take hunters into the field. Guides may not
operate independently. Please help the division
The Utah Division of Occupational and collect bear data
Professional Licensing is the regulatory agency When bears are checked at Division offices,
for this new law. To learn more about becom- a Division employee will do the following:
ing a licensed guide or outfitter, please visit • Determine the sex of the bear
dopl.utah.gov/licensing/hunting_guides.html. • Extract a tooth to obtain accurate
If you are a licensed guide or outfitter— age information
and you charge a customer more than $100 • Collect hair as a genetic sample
for a bear hunting or pursuit trip—you The information and samples are very
do not have to purchase a separate bear important because they help the Division
pursuit permit. responsibly manage bear populations. We
If you are a hunter who wants to use greatly appreciate your cooperation in this
a particular guide or outfitter, please visit effort. To make the tooth extraction easier,
https://secure.utah.gov/llv/llv to determine if you should prop the bear’s mouth open before
he or she is licensed to operate in Utah. bringing it to a Division office. PLEASE DO
NOT BRING FROZEN BEARS.
pursuit permit is through the state’s bear drawing. for people with disabilities. These accommodations
See “Applying for a bear permit” on page 9 for more include the opportunity to hunt with a companion,
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information about the application period use a crossbow, hunt from a vehicle, and receive
and requirements. special season extensions.
For a list of restricted pursuit units and dates, see To learn more about hunting accom-
the hunt table on page 27. modations for people with disabilities, please
Pursuit permits wildlife.utah.gov/rules (see Utah Admin. Rule R657-
You can purchase a pursuit permit at 12) or call any Division office.
wildlife.utah.gov or from a Division office or a partici-
pating license agent. sales final: exceptions
A pursuit permit allows you to pursue a bear on and refunds
any pursuit unit that is not designated as restricted Utah Code §§ 23-19-38, 23-19-38.2 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-42
during all three pursuit seasons. You may also use Some hunters successfully obtain licenses
your pursuit permit on restricted pursuit units during or permits and then realize—for one reason or
the spring and fall pursuit seasons. another—that they won’t be able to use them. In
If you are the dog handler, and you already pos- most cases, the Division cannot refund the cost of
sess a bear limited-entry permit (archery or any legal the license or permit, but there are some exceptions.
weapon), you may pursue bear on the unit for which The Division may provide a refund under the follow-
the permit is valid. If you want to pursue bear on a ing circumstances:
different unit—or after you harvest a bear—you • The Division or the Utah Wildlife Board cancels
will need to purchase a bear pursuit permit. the hunt for which you obtained the permit.
• The Division determines that it collected a fee
Waiting period from you by mistake. If you believe the Division
Utah Admin. Rule R657-62
collected a fee from you by mistake, please
If you obtain a bear limited-entry permit,
contact the agency. The Division has a commit-
there is a two-year waiting period before you can
tee that reviews these mistakes.
apply for another bear limited-entry permit.
• You become ill or suffer an injury that prevents
For example, if you obtain a bear permit in 2010,
you from participating in the hunt you
you may not apply for a bear permit until 2013.
obtained a permit for. To receive a refund, you
The waiting period gives other hunters a better
must provide verification from a physician of
chance at drawing a permit.
your illness or injury. You must also surrender
Permits obtained after the the permit before the season the permit was
drawing issued for ends. You cannot receive a refund if
Utah Admin. Rule R657-62 you hunted.
If you’re under a waiting period for black bear, • If you’re a member of the United States Armed
you can still obtain any bear permit that remains Forces, or a public health or a public safety
after the drawing, but your waiting period will organization, you might be eligible for a refund
begin again. if you’re mobilized or deployed in the interest
For example, if you have one season left on your of national defense or emergency, and your
bear waiting period, and you buy a bear limited- mobilization or deployment prevents you from
entry permit (archery or any legal weapon) that participating in the hunting or fishing activity
remains available after the drawing, you’ll begin a you bought the license or permit for.
new two-season waiting period. A refund may also be granted if the permit
holder dies before he or she can participate in
Hunters with disabilities the hunt.
Utah Admin. Rule R657-12
Utah provides special hunting accommodations
Please see Utah Code §§ 23-19-38 and 23-
Utah Black Bear • 2010
19-38.2 as well as Utah Admin. Rule R657-42 at Camp and hike responsibly
wildlife.utah.gov/rules for more information. Thousands of black bears live in Utah’s for-
ests and mountains, often in the same places
surrendering a permit we like to camp, hike and recreate.
If you obtain a permit and decide not to use it, If a bear obtains food from a campsite—
you may surrender the permit to any Division office. even once—it may become aggressive in
If you do so before the season opening date, the Divi- future visits. This almost guarantees the bear
sion can waive the waiting period and reinstate your will have to be destroyed. Fortunately, there
bonus points. are steps you can take to protect both you and
exchanging a permit the bear.
If you obtain a bear limited-entry permit (any Maintain a bear-safe campsite
legal weapon), you can exchange it for a bear • Store food, drinks and scented items
limited-entry archery permit. Likewise, you can securely (in your vehicle, a bear-safe
exchange a bear limited-entry archery permit for a container or a tree—never in your tent)
bear limited-entry permit (any legal weapon). • Dispose of trash in bear-proof dumpsters,
The Division will charge a $10 fee if you ex- if available
change your permit. • Wipe down picnic tables
• Burn food off stoves or grills
Reallocated permits and • Pitch tents away from trails in
costs the backcountry
Any limited-entry permit surrendered to the • Always sleep inside your tent
Division shall be reallocated through the drawing • Never approach or feed a bear
process. The Division will make a reasonable effort • Report bear sightings to your
to contact the next person listed on the alternate campground host
drawing list. Any person who accepts the offered
reallocated permit must pay the applicable permit Take precautions while hiking
fee. The reallocation process will continue for all sur- • Stay alert at dawn and dusk, when bears
rendered permits until the Division has reallocated are more active
the permits or the season closes. • Go with a group, if possible
Please see Utah Code § 23-19-38 and Utah • Make noise as you travel through
Admin. Rule R657-42 at wildlife.utah.gov/rules dense cover
for more information on permit surrender • Stay away from animal carcasses
and reallocation. • Store food, trash and scented items (such
as sunscreen) in airtight plastic bags
Duplicate licenses • Keep kids in the center of the group
Utah Code § 23-19-10 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-42
Report a nuisance bear
If your valid license, permit or tag is destroyed,
If you see a bear in a residential area or you
lost or stolen, you may obtain a duplicate from a Divi-
encounter an aggressive bear, please contact
sion office or license agent for $10 or half of the price
a Division office immediately. We will notify a
of the original license or permit, whichever is less.
conservation officer or transfer you directly to
The Division may waive the fee for a duplicate
law enforcement personnel.
unexpired license, permit or tag, provided you did
If your encounter or sighting occurs after
not receive the original document.
business hours (7 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday
To obtain the duplicate license, permit or tag,
through Thursday) or over the weekend, please
you may be required to complete an affidavit testify-
call the police. They will contact a conservation
ing to its loss, destruction or theft.
officer to handle the situation.
Several rules govern black bear hunting in Utah. These rules exist to help keep you safe
Utah Black Bear • 2010
and to ensure an ethical hunt. Please be familiar with the requirements for carrying and us-
ing firearms and archery tackle. You should also know the different types of hunting methods
you may use and what you’re required to do with any bear you take.
Hunting hours The penalty for aiding or assisting is the same as
Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-5 that imposed for the primary violation.
During the spring and fall seasons, you may
pursue or take bear from 30 minutes before official firearms and hunting
sunrise until 30 minutes after official sunset. During equipment
the summer pursuit season, you can pursue bears Several rules apply to the firearms and archery
from 5 a.m. until 30 minutes after official sunset. See tackle you can use to harvest a bear in Utah.
page 6 for season dates.
Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-6
Checkpoints and officer To harvest a black bear, you may use any firearm
contacts not capable of being fired fully automatic, except a
Utah Code § 23-20-25
firearm using a rimfire cartridge.
To help the Division fulfill its responsibility as
trustee and custodian of Utah’s wildlife, Division archery equipment
conservation officers and biologists monitor the Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-6
taking and possession of black bears and the To hunt a bear with archery tackle, your equip-
required permits, firearms and equipment used for ment must meet all of the following requirements:
hunting. You should expect to encounter conserva- • Your bow must have a minimum pull of 40
tion officers and biologists checking hunters in the pounds at the draw or the peak, whichever
field and at checkpoints. comes first.
If you’re contacted by a conservation officer, you • Your arrowheads must have two or more
must provide the officer with the items he or she sharp-cutting edges that cannot pass through
requests, including any licenses and permits required a 7/8 inch ring. If you’re using expanding
for hunting, any devices used to participate in hunt- arrowheads, the arrowheads must have two
ing and any game you’ve taken. These contacts allow or more sharp-cutting edges that cannot pass
the Division to collect valuable information about through a 7/8 inch ring when expanded.
Utah’s black bear populations. • Your arrows must be at least 20 inches
long, from the tip of the arrowhead to the tip
Participating in surveys of the nock, and must weigh at least
Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-24
If the Division contacts you about your bear
You may not use any of the following archery
hunting experience, please participate in the survey
equipment to take a bear:
regardless of your success. Your participation helps
• A crossbow (please see page 13 for an excep-
the Division evaluate population trends, assess har-
tion to this rule)
vest success and collect other valuable information.
• Arrows with chemically treated or
aiding or assisting in explosive arrowheads
violations • A mechanical device that holds the bow at any
Utah Code § 23-20-23 increment of draw
You may not aid or assist another person to • A release aid that is not handheld or that sup-
violate any provisions of the Wildlife Resources Code, ports the draw weight of the bow
rule, proclamation or guidebook.
• A bow with an attached electronic range- If you obtain a bear limited-entry archery
Utah Black Bear • 2010
finding device or a magnifying-aiming device permit, you may not possess or be in control of a
Please remember that if you carry arrows in or firearm—or have a firearm in your camp or motor
on a vehicle, the arrows must be in an arrow quiver vehicle—during a bear archery hunt. The only
or a closed case. exceptions to this rule are the following:
• Hunters who are licensed to hunt upland
game or waterfowl (You must comply with the
are you allowed to regulations in the Upland Game Guidebook or
possess a weapon? Waterfowl Guidebook, and you may possess
It is illegal under Utah Code § 76-10-503 to only those firearms and archery equipment
possess or use a firearm, muzzleloader, archery that are legal for taking upland game or
tackle or any other dangerous weapon if you: waterfowl.)
• Have been convicted of or are under • Hunters who are licensed to hunt big game
indictment for any felony offense; species during hunts that coincide with the
• Are on probation or parole for a felony bear archery hunt
offense; • Livestock owners who are protecting
• Are on parole from a secure facility; their livestock
• Have been adjudicated delinquent • Individuals who are licensed to carry a con-
(juvenile) in the last seven years of an cealed weapon in accordance with Utah Code
offense which if committed by an adult § 53-5-7. (You may not use your concealed
would have been a felony; firearm to hunt or take protected wildlife.)
• Are an unlawful user of a controlled
traps and trapping devices
substance; Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-7
• Have been found not guilty by reason of You may not take a bear with a trap, snare or any
insanity for a felony offense; other trapping device, except as authorized by the
• Have been found mentally incompetent Division. Any bear accidentally caught in any trap-
to stand trial for a felony offense; ping device must be released unharmed, and must
• Have been adjudicated mentally defec- not be pursued or taken.
tive as provided in the federal Brady You must obtain written permission from a Divi-
Handgun Violence Prevention Act; sion representative before you remove the carcass of
• Have been committed to a mental a bear from any trapping device. The carcass remains
institution; the property of the state of Utah and must be sur-
• Are an alien who is illegally in the United rendered to the Division.
• Have been dishonorably discharged from loaded firearms in a vehicle
the armed forces; or Utah Code §§§§ 76-10-502, 76-10-504, 76-10-505 and 76-10-523
• Have renounced your United States You may not carry a loaded firearm in or on a ve-
citizenship. hicle unless you meet all of the following conditions:
The purchase or possession of any hunting • You own the vehicle or have permission from
license, permit, tag or certificate of registration the vehicle’s owner.
• The firearm is a handgun.
from the Division of Wildlife Resources does
not authorize the holder to legally possess or • You are 18 years of age or older.
use a firearm, muzzleloader, archery tackle, or A pistol, revolver, rifle or shotgun is considered to
any other dangerous weapon while hunting if be loaded when there is an unexpended cartridge,
they are otherwise restricted from possessing shell or projectile in the firing position.
these weapons under Utah Code § 76-10-503. Pistols and revolvers are also considered to
be loaded when an unexpended cartridge, shell
or projectile is in a position whereby the manual
operation of any mechanism once would cause the Carrying a dangerous
unexpended cartridge, shell or projectile to be fired. weapon while under the
Utah Black Bear • 2010
A muzzleloading firearm is considered loaded influence of alcohol or drugs
when it is capped or primed and has a powder Utah Code § 76-10-528
charge and ball or shot in the barrel or cylinders. You may not carry a dangerous weapon or
The firearm restrictions in this section do not hunt bear while under the influence of alcohol
apply to concealed firearm permit holders carrying or drugs. Please see Utah Code § 76-10-528 at
a concealed weapon in accordance with Utah Code § wildlife.utah.gov/rules for more information.
76-10-504, provided the person is not utilizing the
concealed firearm to hunt or take wildlife. Prohibited hunting
Please see Utah Code §§ 76-10-504 and 76-10- methods
523 at wildlife.utah.gov/rules for more information. Utah Code §§ 23-20-3, 23-20-12 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-9
A black bear may be taken or pursued only
areas where you cannot during open seasons and open hours, using only the
discharge a firearm methods listed in this guidebook. Otherwise it is
Utah Code § 76-10-508 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-12
unlawful for any person to:
You may not discharge a dangerous • Possess, capture, kill, injure, drug, rope, trap,
weapon or firearm under any of the following snare or in any way harm or transport a bear
circumstances: • Restrict or hinder a bear’s ability to escape
• From a vehicle after it has been pursued, chased, treed,
• From, upon or across any highway cornered, legally baited or held at bay
• At power lines or signs You may not:
• At railroad equipment or facilities, including • Engage in a canned hunt
any sign or signal • Take a bear from an airplane or any
• Within Utah state park camp or picnic sites, other airborne vehicle or device, or from
overlooks, golf courses, boat ramps or devel- any motorized terrestrial, aquatic or recre-
oped beaches ational vehicle
• Without written permission from the owner or
property manager, within 600 feet of: spotlighting
• A house, dwelling or any other building Utah Code §§§ 23-20-3, 76-10-504, 76-10-523 and Utah Admin. Rule
• Any structure in which a domestic animal is R657-33-10
kept or fed, including a barn, poultry yard, You may not use spotlighting to take a
corral, feeding pen or stockyard black bear.
You may not use a spotlight, headlight or
state parks other artificial light to locate any protected wildlife
Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-8 and R651-614-4 while having in your possession a firearm or other
Hunting any wildlife is prohibited within weapon or device that could be used to take or injure
the boundaries of all state park areas, except those protected wildlife.
designated open to hunting by the Division of Parks The use of a spotlight or other artificial light
and Recreation in Utah Admin. Rule R651-614-4. in any area where protected wildlife are generally
Hunting with rifles, handguns or muzzleload- found is prima facie evidence of attempting to locate
ers in park areas designated open to hunting is protected wildlife. (Prima facie evidence means that
prohibited within one mile of all park facilities, if you’re spotlighting, the burden of proof falls on
including buildings, camp or picnic sites, overlooks, you to prove that you were not attempting to locate
golf courses, boat ramps and developed beaches. protected wildlife.)
Hunting with shotguns or archery tackle is The provisions of this section do not apply to
prohibited within one-quarter mile of the the use of the headlights of a motor vehicle or other
Utah Black Bear • 2010
summer conflicts force on three popular units: Book Cliffs, La Sal (La Sal
changes Mountains and Dolores Triangle) and San Juan.
During the summer of 2009, the Division To pursue bears during either summer season
received more than 150 complaints from campers, on these units, hunters must apply for a restricted
hikers, cabin owners and other outdoor enthusi- pursuit permit in the state’s bear drawing. For
asts who had conflicts with houndsmen during more information on applying for a restricted
the summer pursuit season. pursuit permit, see page 9.
Although some houndsmen made efforts The number of available restricted pursuit
to be courteous, many did not. Game Mammals permits is listed in the table on page 27.
Coordinator Justin Dolling noted, “Some of the Pack size restrictions
houndsmen were using as many as 20 hounds to The Wildlife Board also restricted pack sizes on
pursue a single bear.” All the noise and commo- all units during the summer pursuit season. There
tion bothered campers and hikers in the area. may not be more than eight dogs pursuing a bear
The Utah Wildlife Board assessed the at one time during the summer.
complaints and made changes to a few pursuit There is no limit on the number of dogs
units and to pack sizes during the summer that can pursue bears during the spring and fall
pursuit season. pursuit and hunting seasons.
Restricted pursuit units For more information on how you can use
Starting in 2010, the summer pursuit season dogs to hunt black bear, see the Use of dogs
will be split into an early season and a late season section below.
artificial light in a usual manner where there is no ter, see Pursuit restrictions on page 23. To learn more
attempt or intent to locate protected wildlife. about becoming a Utah-licensed guide or outfitter,
In addition, the above restrictions do not apply see the information box on page 12.
to concealed carry permit holders carrying a con- When dogs are used to pursue a bear, the
cealed weapon in accordance with Utah Code §§ 76- licensed hunter who intends to take the bear must
10-504 and 76-10-523. See wildlife.utah.gov/rules be present when the dogs are released. Then, the
for more information. licensed hunter must continuously participate in the
hunt until it ends.
Party hunting When dogs are used to harvest a bear—and
Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-11
there is not an open pursuit season—the owner or
A person may not harvest a bear for another person.
handler of the dogs must:
use of dogs • Have either a valid pursuit permit and be ac-
Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-12 companied by a licensed hunter
You may use dogs to harvest or pursue bear –OR–
only during the open seasons and hours listed in • Have a valid limited-entry permit (either
this guidebook. archery or any legal weapon) for the limited-
During the summer pursuit season, you may not entry unit being hunted
use more than eight dogs at one time to pursue a
black bear on any unit. Bear baiting
If you are the owner or handler of the dogs, you Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-13
must have a valid bear permit in your possession You can only bait a bear if you obtain both a
while you are harvesting or pursuing bear. However, bear limited-entry archery permit and a certificate
there are some exceptions to this rule for guides and of registration.
outfitters licensed in the state of Utah. Only hunters listed on the certificate of
If you are already a Utah-licensed guide or outfit- registration may hunt over the bait station, and the
certificate of registration must be in the hunters’ pos-
session while hunting over the bait station.
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Any person who tends a bait station must also be
listed on the certificate of registration.
The following sections provide essential infor-
mation about using bait and obtaining a certificate
Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-14
You may establish or use no more than two bait
stations at one time during either open season.
If a bait station lures a bear, you may not use
a firearm or dogs to take the bear. With a bear
limited-entry archery permit, you may use archery
tackle only, even when hunting bear away from the
Bait may not be contained in—nor can it
include—any metal, glass, porcelain, plastic, card-
board or paper. The bait station must be marked with
a sign provided by the Division and posted within 10
feet of the bait.
You may place bait only in areas open to hunting
and only during the open seasons. All materials
used as bait must be removed within 72 hours after
the season ends or within 72 hours after the person
or persons who are registered for that bait station
harvest a bear.
You may use nongame fish as bait, except fish
listed as prohibited in Utah Admin. Rule R657-13 and
in the 2010 Utah Fishing Guidebook. You may not
use any other species of protected wildlife as bait.
You may use domestic livestock or its parts—
including processed meat scraps—as bait, as long
as you have all of the following documentation in
• A certificate from a licensed veterinarian that
certifies the domestic livestock or its parts does
not have a contagious disease, and that states
the cause and date of death
• A certificate of brand inspection or other proof
of ownership or legal possession
You may not place bait in either of the
• Within 100 yards of water, a public road or a
• Within a half-mile of any permanent dwelling
obtaining a certificate of placed, as identified by the hunter on the application
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registration for a certificate of registration.
Utah Code § 23-20-3 If you apply for a certificate of registration, there
The Division issues certificates of registration is a $10 nonrefundable application fee.
only to hunters who have valid bear limited-entry
archery permits. Possession and
You can obtain the certificate of registration by transportation
visiting the Division office in the region where you After you harvest a bear, there are several rules
plan to set up your bait station. governing its possession and transportation.
To obtain a certificate of registration for
baiting, you must provide the following information tagging requirements
to the Division: Utah Code §§ 23-20-3 and 23-20-30 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-15
• The type of bait you will use Before you move the bear’s carcass or leave
• A 1:24000 USGS quad map with the bait loca- the site of the kill, you must tag the carcass with a
tion marked or the GPS coordinates (UTM, in- temporary possession tag. The tag is only valid for 48
cluding the datum, or latitude and longitude) hours after the date of kill and must remain attached
of the bait station to the pelt or unskinned carcass until the permanent
• Written permission from the appropriate possession tag is attached.
landowner if you want to bait and hunt on To tag a carcass with a temporary possession tag,
private land you should perform the following steps:
If you want to move a bait station, you must first • Completely detach the tag from the permit
remove all materials used as bait from the original • Completely remove the notches that
station. Then, you must apply for a new certificate of correspond with the date the animal was taken
registration. The Division will not issue a certificate and the sex of the animal
of registration for your new station until you clean • Attach the tag to the carcass so that the tag
up your old station. remains securely fastened and visible
If you are interested in baiting on lands Note: You may not remove more than one notch
administered by the U.S. Forest Service or Bureau indicating date or sex, nor tag more than one carcass
of Land Management, you must verify that these using the same tag.
areas are open to baiting before you apply for a You may not hunt or pursue a bear after any of
bear limited-entry archery permit. If you bait a bear the notches have been removed from the tag or after
illegally on federal lands, you can be prosecuted the tag has been detached from the permit.
under federal law. You may not possess a bear pelt or unskinned
You can learn whether federal lands are open carcass without a valid permanent possession tag
by contacting district offices. Baiting locations and affixed to the pelt or unskinned carcass. This provi-
applicable travel restrictions must be verified by sion does not apply to a person in possession of a
the district supervisor before you can apply for a properly tagged carcass or pelt within 48 hours after
certificate of registration. the kill, provided the person was issued and is in
Areas generally closed to baiting stations by possession of a valid permit.
these federal agencies include: evidence of sex and age
• Designated wilderness areas
Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-16
• Heavily used drainages or recreation areas Evidence of the bear’s sex must remain attached
• Critical watersheds to the bear’s carcass or pelt until a Division employee
The Division will send a copy of the certificate of attaches a permanent tag.
registration to the private landowner or appropriate The permit holder must bring the pelt and skull
district office of the land management agency that to a conservation officer or Division office in an un-
manages the land where the bait station will be frozen condition. This allows Division biologists to
gather management data.
The Division may seize any pelt not accompanied A written statement of donation must be kept
by its skull. with the protected wildlife or parts showing all of
Utah Black Bear • 2010
the following information:
Permanent tag • The number and species of protected wildlife
Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-17
or parts donated
The permit holder must take the harvested bear
• The date of donation
to a conservation officer or Division office within
• The license or permit number of the donor and
48 hours after the date of kill. A Division employee
the permanent possession tag number
will affix a permanent possession tag to the pelt or
• The signature of the donor
A green pelt of any bear donated to another per-
If you need to reach a conservation officer after
son must have a permanent possession tag affixed.
regular business hours, over the weekend, or on a
Along with the pelt, the recipient must also retain
holiday, contact your local police dispatch office.
the written statement of donation.
You may not possess an unskinned carcass or a
green pelt after the 48-hour check-in period without Purchasing or selling
a permanent tag. In addition, you cannot ship a green Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-21
pelt out of Utah or present it to a taxidermist if the pelt You may purchase or sell legally obtained,
does not have a permanent possession tag attached. tanned bear hides.
You may not purchase, sell, offer for sale or
transporting a bear barter a green pelt, gall bladder, tooth, claw, paw or
Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-18
skull of any bear.
If you are a permit holder who has legally har-
vested a bear, you may transport the carcass under Wasting wildlife
the following conditions: Utah Code § 23-20-8 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-22
• The bear is properly tagged. You may not waste—or permit to be wasted—
• You have physical possession of the appropri- any protected wildlife or its parts.
ate permit. Note: The skinned carcass of a bear may be left
in the field and does not constitute a waste of wild-
exporting a bear from utah life. However, the Division recommends that hunters
Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-19
remove the carcass from the field.
You may export a legally taken bear or its parts if
you have a valid bear permit, and the bear is properly
tagged with a permanent possession tag.
Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-23
You may not ship a bear pelt from Utah—or If a bear is harassing, chasing, disturbing,
cause one to be shipped—without first obtaining harming, attacking or killing livestock (cattle, sheep,
a shipping permit issued by an authorized Division goats and turkeys), or has committed such an act
representative. within the past 72 hours, livestock owners have the
Disposal of wildlife • In depredation cases, the livestock owner, an
Donating immediate family member or an employee of
Utah Code § 23-20-9 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-33-20 the owner on a regular payroll (not someone
A person may donate protected wildlife or hired specifically to take the bear), may kill
its parts to another person only at one of the follow- the bear.
ing locations: • A landowner or livestock owner may notify
• The residence of the donor the Division of the depredation or any human
• The residence of the recipient health and safety concerns. The Division can
• A meat locker then authorize a local hunter to take the
• A storage plant
• A meat-processing facility