These guidebooks contain the information you must know to hunt or fish in Utah. We highly recommend that you either download electronic versions or pick up printed copies. We distribute free printed guidebooks at Division offices and licensing agents.
Emergency change: Matt Warner Reservoir (Uintah County). Closed to fishing. This change is effective August 13, 2019 and will remain in effect until September 30, 2019. The Utah Division of Water Quality detected extremely high numbers of Aphanizomenon, a neurotoxin producer, in early August. On August 12th, they detected anatoxin-a and recorded high values for microcystin in both surface water and water column samples. The risk to humans and animals is too great and all contact with the water and with fish in the water should be avoided until the bloom subsides and toxicity levels decrease. All other rules established in the 2019 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.
2020 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook
This Utah Big Game Application Guidebook provides information and instructions hunters need to know to apply for bucks, bulls and once-in-a-lifetime hunts.
Page 58: Hunt #RS6700 — Antelope Island. In January 2019, the Utah Wildlife Board canceled the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep hunt on Antelope Island. That hunt will not be held, and the hunt listing has been removed from the guidebook.
Page 58: Hunt #RS6704 — Box Elder, Newfoundland Mtn — listed incorrect seasons dates. The hunt is open Nov. 2–22, 2019.
2019 Utah Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook
The Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern big game hunting in Utah.
Chalk Creek: AMEND the harvest objective to 30 and reopen the unit.
Ogden: AMEND the harvest objective to 24 and reopen the unit.
Beaver, West: AMEND Beaver, Mineral Mountains to consolidate with the Beaver, West unit. Reopen Beaver, West unit with harvest objective of 14.
Box Elder, Desert: AMEND the harvest objective to 18 and reopen the unit.
Cache: AMEND harvest objective to 38.
Nine Mile, North: AMEND harvest objective to 38.
Book Cliffs, East: AMEND harvest objective to 44.
Morgan-South Rich: AMEND split unit to allow for a total harvest of 23.
Beaver, East: AMEND split unit to allow for a total harvest of 23.
Monroe: AMEND split unit to allow for a total harvest of 23.
Plateau, Boulder: AMEND split unit to allow for a total harvest of 24.
Drought and heavy winter conditions in 2017 through 2019 resulted in significant declines in mule deer populations. On certain units, recovery of mule deer populations has been impeded by high cougar populations. The units with emergency permit changes have exhibited deer population declines of 15% or greater and have either already filled their harvest objective for cougar or are expected to based upon previous harvest success. Reductions in cougar populations on these units and at these levels will facilitate mule deer herd recovery while providing sustainable management of both predator and prey populations.
This change is effective immediately and will remain in effect throughout the 2019-2020 Cougar hunt seasons.