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Utah Spike Bull Permits Sell Out

September 9, 2009.

From the Utah Division of Wildlife:

Permits to hunt bull elk on spike-only hunting units in Utah sold out on August 28. Last year, spike-only unit permits didn't sell out until September 24.


Photo by Phil Douglass

Two options

If you want to hunt bull elk in Utah this fall, but you don't have a permit, you still have two options:

  • On the morning of September 3, a total of 3,678 permits were still available to hunt with a rifle on any-bull elk units in Utah.
  • Plenty of permits are available to hunt elk with a bow and arrow. In fact, the number of general archery elk permits the Division of Wildlife Resources can sell isn't limited, so there's never a problem getting one.

The archery elk hunt started August 15. It ends in September on most of the state's hunting units. However, on three extended archery areas in Utah, the archery hunt runs into December.

Extended archery areas are located along parts of the Wasatch Front, in parts of the Uintah Basin and in the Sanpete Valley.

2009 Big Game Guidebook

You can find more information about the extended archery areas on page 32 of the 2009 Utah Big Game Guidebook. The free guidebook is available at You can also get a copy at DWR offices and from hunting license agents across Utah.

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