This rule was published in the February 1, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 3) of the Utah State Bulletin.
R657. Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources.
R657-38. Dedicated Hunter Program.
R657-38-1. Purpose and Authority.
(1) Under the authority of
Section 23-14-18, this rule provides the standards and requirements
for qualified deer hunters to participate in the Dedicated Hunter
Program by obtaining a certificate of registration.
(2) The Dedicated Hunter Program
is a program that provides:
(a) expanded hunting
(b) opportunities to participate
that are beneficial to wildlife]; and
(c) education in hunter ethics
and wildlife management principles.
(1) Terms used in this rule are
defined in Section 23-13-2.
(2) In addition:
(a) "Dedicated Hunter
Permit" means a general buck deer permit issued to a
participant in the Dedicated Hunter Program, which authorizes the
participant to hunt deer during the general archery, general
muzzleloader and general any weapon open seasons in the hunt area
specified on the permit.
(b) "Hunt area" means
an area prescribed by the Wildlife Board where general archery,
general muzzleloader and general any weapon
deer hunting is open to permit holders for taking
means a person who has remitted the appropriate fee and has been
issued a Dedicated Hunter certificate of registration.
(d) "Program" means
the Dedicated Hunter Program
(e) "Program harvest"
means using a Dedicated Hunter permit to tag a harvested deer or
failing to return a Dedicated Hunter permit with [
attached] kill tag
, while enrolled in the program.
(f) "Wildlife conservation
project" means any project that provides wildlife habitat
protection or enhancement, improves hunting or fishing access, or
directly benefits wildlife or the Division's current needs and
is pre-authorized by the Division.
R657-38-3. Dedicated Hunter Certificates of Registration.
(1)(a) To [
become a participant] in the program
a person must apply for, obtain, and sign a Dedicated
Hunter certificate of registration
. A participant is not required
to have the Dedicated Hunter certificate of registration on their
person while hunting.
(b) Certificates of
registration are issued by the Division through a drawing as
prescribed in the guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking big
game and R657-62.
(c) Certificates of
registration are valid for 3 consecutive years, except as provided
(]10[ ),] beginning on the date the big game drawing
results are released and ending on the last day of the general
season hunt for the 3
rd year of enrollment.
(d) The number of Dedicated
Hunter certificates of registration is limited to 15% of the total
annual general season
quota for each [
perspective] hunt area.
(i) Certificates of
registration remaining unissued from the Dedicated Hunter portion
of the big game drawing shall be redistributed as general
single-season permits for their respective hunt areas in the
general buck deer drawing.
(2) The Division may deny[
, suspend, or revoke] a Dedicated Hunter
certificate of registration for any of the [ following reasons:]
(a) The drawing application contains false
(b) The person, at the time of application, or during the
program enrollment, is under a judicial or administrative order
suspending any wildlife hunting or fishing privilege within Utah or
(c) The person has violated the terms of any certificate of
registration issued by the Division or an associated
(3) A person under any wildlife suspension may not apply
for a certificate of registration until their suspension period has
4]) A certificate of registration
authorizes the participant to
use a Dedicated Hunter permit to hunt deer within
the area listed on the permit, during the general archery, general
muzzleloader and general any legal weapon buck deer [ hunts] according to the dates and boundaries established by
the Wildlife Board. When available, the certificate of registration
may also authorize hunting within the general
archery extended area during the extended season
5]) The participant's
issued through the drawing, shall remain the same for the
duration of that program enrollment period.
6]) Participants [ of] the program shall be subject to any changes subsequently
made [ in] this [ rule during] the term of enrollment, unless a
variance is authorized by the Division.
R657-38-4. Applications for Certificates of Registration.
Application]to obtain a Dedicated Hunter certificate of
registration [ is] pursuant to R657-62-16.
a) Applicants must meet all age requirements and proof
and license requirements [
pursuant to] Sections 23-19-11, 23-19-22, 23-19-24, and 23-19-[ 26.]
Any person who is 12 years of age or older may apply for a
Dedicated Hunter certificate of registration.
(ii) ]A person 11 years of age may apply for [ or] obtain a Dedicated Hunter certificate of registration if
that person's 12
th birthday falls in the calendar year the certificate
is issued. A person may not hunt big game prior to their 12th
Dedicated Hunter Preference Point System.
(1) Dedicated Hunter Preference
points are issued pursuant to R657-62-10.
(1) Any person who is 17 years
of age or younger on July 31
st of the application year shall pay the youth
(2) Any person who is 18 years
of age or older on July 31
st of the application year shall pay the adult
(3) Lifetime License holders
shall pay a reduced fee as authorized by the annual fee
(4) A participant who enters
the program as a Utah resident and
becomes a nonresident, shall be changed to a
nonresident status and may be issued [
a ]nonresident [ permit] at no additional charge for the remainder of the
three-year enrollment period.
(5) A participant who enters
the program as a nonresident and
becomes a Utah resident, shall be changed to a
resident status and may be issued [
a ]resident [ permit] with no reimbursement of the higher nonresident fee
for the remainder of the three-year enrollment period.
(1) A refund for the Dedicated
Hunter certificate of registration may not be issued, except as
provided in Section 23-19-38.2 and R657-42.
(2) Any eligible refund [
will] be issued pro
rata, based on the number of years in which any portion of a hunt [ was participated in ] during the enrollment period.
(3) Drawing application fees
R657-38-8. Wildlife Conservation and Ethics Course
Prior] to obtaining the first Dedicated Hunter
permit of the program, a participant must complete [ the]wildlife conservation and ethics course
(2) The wildlife conservation
and ethics course is available through the Division's Internet
(3) The Division shall keep a
record of all participants who complete the wildlife conservation
and ethics course.
R657-38-9. Service Hour Requirement.
(1)(a) Except as provided in
R657-38-14, each participant in the program shall provide a minimum
of 32 hours [
of ]service as a volunteer on Division approved
wildlife conservation projects.
(i) A participant may obtain
a permit in the 1st year of the program without having provided
(ii) A participant must have
completed a minimum of 16 service hours prior to receiving a
Dedicated Hunter permit in the 2
ndyear of the program.
(iii) A participant must have
completed a minimum of [
16 additional] service hours prior to receiving a Dedicated Hunter
permit in the 3rd year of the program.
(b) If the participant fails
have] the minimum [ of ]32 hours [ completed at] the expiration of the
3rd year, the participant
will be ineligible to apply for or obtain any
permits until the remaining
hours have been[ paid for or] completed.
(i) After a certificate of
registration has expired, incomplete service hours may be completed
through Division approved [
wildlife conservation ]projects or by payment at
the [ hour buyout] rate.
(c) Residents [
may not purchase more than 24 of the 32 total required
service hours. Nonresidents may purchase all] of the [ 32 total required service hours.]
(d) If a participant fails to
fulfill the wildlife conservation [
project]requirements in any
year of participation, the participant shall not be issued a
Dedicated Hunter permit for that year.
(2) Wildlife conservation
projects may be designed by the Division, or any other individual
or entity, but must be pre-approved by the Division.
(a) Goods or services
provided to the Division for wildlife conservation projects by a
participant may be, at the discretion of the Division, substituted
for service hours based upon current market values
for the goods or
services, and [
using ]the approved [ hourly ]service [ buyout] rate[ when applying the credit].
(i) Goods or material donations that are specifically
requested and accepted by the Division may be considered as service
(b) The Division shall
publicize the dates, times, locations and description of approved
wildlife conservation projects and activities on the Division's
(3) Service hours must be
completed within the enrollment period.
(a) Service hours exceeding
the 32 hour minimum shall not be applicable beyond the enrollment
period and shall not be [
applied]to subsequent certificate of registrations.
Participants] are required to
perform their own service hours.
(a) Service hours are not
transferrable to other participants or certificates of
R657-38-10. Service Hour Exceptions and
(1) The program service hour requirements may be waived on
an annual basis if;
(a) The participant provides evidence of leaving the state
for a minimum period of one year during the enrollment period for
religious or educational purposes.]
i) If the participant requests that the program service
hour requirements be waived, and the request is granted, the
participant shall not receive a Dedicated Hunter permit for the
year in which the program requirements were waived
(b) The participant] is a member of the United States Armed
Forces or public [ health or public ]safety organization [ and] is mobilized or deployed on [ order] in the interest of national defense or
(2) A person who is a member of the United States Armed
Forces or public safety organization that is mobilized or deployed
(a) That the remainder of their program enrollment period
be postponed until return from their period of mobilization or
b]) [ That ]the
be postponed into [ a] subsequent year of the enrollment
c) That the program service hour requirements be waived if
the participant is prevented from completing the requirements due
mobilization or deployment
A]) The participant must provide evidence of the mobilization
or deployment period.
(B) The Division shall determine a pro rata schedule in
which the service hour requirements waived correlate with the term
length of the deployment or mobilization.]
R657-38-11. Allowable Harvest and Permit Return
Except as provided in section R657-38-12, a] program participant may take [ up to 2] deer within the enrollment
period[ and only 1] deer may be harvested in a single year.
(b) The harvest of an
antlerless deer using a Dedicated Hunter permit, when permissible
in the extended archery areas and seasons established in the big
game guidebook, shall be considered a program harvest.
(2) Upon issue of a Dedicated
Hunter permit, the participant is credited with a program
2]program harvests are allowed within [ the]enrollment
(b) If program harvests are
accrued during the 1st year and 2nd year of the enrollment, a
permit shall not be issued for the 3
(c) In order to remove a
program harvest credit, the participant[
must ]not have harvested a deer with the Dedicated
Hunter permit[ ,]and
must ]return the permit and attached tag, or a
qualifying affidavit[ for duplication] as proof of non-harvest to a
Division office. A handling fee may be assessed for processing an
R657-38-12. Dedicated Hunter Permits.
(1) Pursuant to Sections
23-19-24 and 23-19-26 person must have a valid Utah hunting or
combination license to [
be issued] a big game permit.
(2) The participant must have
a valid Dedicated Hunter permit in possession while hunting.
(3) Upon completion of the
minimum annual requirements, a Dedicated Hunter permit may be
issued. The method and dates in which the Division issues and
distributes Dedicated Hunter permits shall be published on the
Division's website or in the guidebook of the Wildlife Board
for taking big game.
(4) The Division may exclude
multiple season opportunities on specific management units due to
extenuating circumstances on a portion or all of a hunt area.
(5)(a) The Division may issue
a duplicate Dedicated Hunter permit pursuant to Section
(b) If a participant's
unused Dedicated Hunter permit and tag is destroyed, lost, or
stolen prior to, or during the hunting season in which the permit
is valid, a participant may obtain a duplicate. A handling fee may
be assessed for the duplication.
(c) A duplicate Dedicated
Hunter permit shall not be issued after the closing date of the
general buck deer season.
(6)(a) A participant may
surrender a Dedicated Hunter permit in accordance with Rule
(b) A participant may not
surrender a Dedicated Hunter permit once the general archery deer
hunt has begun, unless the Division can verify that the permit was
never in the participant's possession.
(7)(a) Lifetime license
holders may participate in the program.
(b) The Lifetime license
holder shall apply for a certificate of registration in the same
manner as all other prospective participants.
(c) Upon joining and for the
duration of enrollment in the program, the lifetime license holder
agrees to temporarily forego any rights to receive a lifetime
license buck deer permit as provided in Section 23-19-17.5.
(d) A refund or credit is not
issued for a forgone lifetime license permit.
R657-38-13. Obtaining Other Permits.
(1) Participants may not
apply for or obtain any
general season buck deer permit, including general
landowner buck deer permits, or respective preference points issued
by the Division through the big game drawing, license agents,
over-the-counter sales, or the internet during an enrollment period
in the program.
general season deer permit obtained is invalid
and must be surrendered prior to the beginning
of]that permit. [ A refund may not be issued pursuant to]Section 23-19-[ 3.]
(2)(a) Participants may apply
for or obtain a limited entry [
season ]buck deer permit, including CWMU, limited
entry landowner, conservation, expo, and poaching
The]limited entry buck deer permit may be obtained without [ the ]completion of the annual program
requirements, but does not exempt the participant from fulfilling
the minimum requirements of the entire enrollment.
entry buck deer permit [ during the enrollment]shall
not extend the enrollment period, but shall take the place of one
of the 3 [ possible permit]years.
(iii) Harvest with a limited
entry buck deer permit shall not be counted as a program
(b) If the participant
obtains a limited entry buck deer permit and has been issued a
Dedicated Hunter permit, that permit or the Dedicated Hunter permit
must be surrendered as permissible by R657-38-11and R657-42.[
A refund may not be issued pursuant to Section
(i) A participant who obtains
a limited entry buck deer permit may only use that permit in the
prescribed area and season listed on the permit. Dedicated Hunter
privileges are not [
transferred]to that permit.
The]limited entry buck deer permit may not be obtained if the
Dedicated Hunter permit has been in possession of the participant
during any open portion of the general buck deer season.
(3)(a) Participants may apply
for or obtain antlerless deer permits as provided in Rule R657-5
and the guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking big game.
(b) Except as provided in
10,]harvest of an antlerless deer with an antlerless deer
permit shall not be considered a program harvest.
R657-38-14. Certificate of Registration Surrender.
(1) A participant may [
surrender a ] Dedicated Hunter certificate of registration
pursuant to R657-[ 42-4] provided the participant [ has not been issued 2 Dedicated Hunter permits in which
hunting may have occurred.
(a) if a participant has been issued the 1st permit, the
participant must have completed a minimum of 10 service hours prior
to an allowable surrender. ]
(i) if the participant surrendering is physically unable to
complete the minimum of 10 service hours due to injury or illness,
the Division may authorize another person to fulfill the
requirement in the participant's behalf.]
a participant may not surrender a certificate of
registration if the participant has met the program harvest
The Division may not issue a refund, except as provided in
Section 23-19-38 and R657-42 and R657-38-7.
(3) If a Dedicated Hunter permit has been issued in which
hunting may have occurred, the participant shall not be eligible
for preference points to be reinstated upon surrender of the
certificate of registration. ]
R657-38-15. Certificate of Registration Suspension.
(1) The Division may suspend
a Dedicated Hunter certificate of registration pursuant to Section
23-19-9 and R657-26.
(2) A certificate of
registration may also be suspended if the participant:
(a) fraudulently submits a
time sheet for service hours; or
(b) fraudulently completes
any of the program requirements[
(c) is under [
suspension of any hunting or fishing privileges in any
jurisdiction during the participant's enrollment in the
(3) A Dedicated Hunter permit
is invalid if a participant's certificate of registration is
(4) The program enrollment
period shall not be extended in correlation with any
KEY: wildlife, hunting, recreation, wildlife conservation
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
March 16, 2015]
Notice of Continuation: October 5, 2015
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 23-14-18
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