Hill AFB Deer Hunt

Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are one of the many wildlife species found on Hill Air Force Base (HAFB). Without proper management of the population, mule deer could exceed the carrying capacity of their habitat on Base and become a safety issue for the installation. Hunting is an invaluable tool that allows resource managers to maintain the population at a healthy size. HAFB provides the opportunity to harvest a limited number of male and female deer as needed to maintain a healthy population. 

Permit Acquisition Overview

In order to hunt deer on HAFB, hunters need to first obtain a UDWR general-season buck deer permit or antlerless doe deer permit for a hunt that includes HAFB within its boundaries. These permits are available through an application process on the UDWR website typically in January-March for bucks, and May-June for does. In addition to acquiring a Utah deer permit from the UDWR, hunters also need to obtain a HAFB deer hunt access voucher. These access vouchers are available through a limited application process on this iSportsman website in May-July. Only archery equipment can be used to harvest deer on HAFB.

Additional Details

In order to hunt a buck during the First Season on HAFB (August 20 - September 16) you must have a general archery buck permit for the Chalk Creek/East Canyon/Morgan-South Rich unit (DB1505). In order to hunt a buck during the remaining seasons on Base, any Utah general archery buck permit will qualify by utilizing the Extended Archery Hunt (DB0008) Click here to learn more about the Extended Archery Hunt. In order to hunt a doe during the First Season (August 20 - September 16) you must have an antlerless deer permit with hunt boundaries that include HAFB, for example…East Canyon, Davis-North Salt Lake DA1027, DA1028, or DA1040. For more information on how to obtain a UDWR permit, please visit their website

 

Next, one can apply for a HAFB archery deer hunt access voucher from Monday, May 30th, 2022 through Sunday, July 24th, 2022. Successful applicants will be notified via email on Thursday, July 28th, 2022. Additional information about the HAFB Archery Deer Hunt is available below and on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Application Process

  • Once a hunter is registered on Isportsman (Register Here), they can apply for a HAFB deer hunt voucher from Monday, 30 May, 2022 - Sunday, 24 July, 2022.
  • To apply for a voucher, log into your iSportsman account during the application period and select "Acquire Permit(s)."
  • Applicants may apply to all available hunts, but must pay the $5-10 application fee for each hunt applied.
  • The selection process for a voucher is conducted using a computer-generated process. Applicants are selected randomly with priority given as follows:
    1. Active Duty and Reserve Military members
    2. Retired Military members and DoD Civilian employees
    3. Immediate household (dependent) Military Family Members and Hill AFB Contractors
    4. General public (Hill AFB sponsor required)
  • If an applicant is selected for a hunt, they will not be considered for any of the subsequent hunts. The selection will be conducted in the following order:
    1. First Season Any Buck
    2. Second Season Mature Asymmetrical Buck
    3. Third Season Three Point Buck
    4. Fourth Season Two Point Buck
    5. First Season Doe Only
    6. Second Season Doe Only
    7. Third Season Doe Only
    8. Fourth Season Doe Only
  • Successful applicants will be notified via email on Thursday, 28 July, 2022
  • Any falsification of information disqualifies an applicant from receiving an access voucher on Base in the current year as well as the following three years.

Successful applicants must complete the following by Thursday, 11 August 2022 to participate in the 2022 HAFB Archery Deer Hunt 

  • Complete the UDWR's Archery Ethics Course. Carry completion certificate on-person while hunting.
  • Scan and submit your UDWR deer hunt permit and Archery Ethics Course Completion Certificate to Jace Taylor (jace.taylor.2@us.af.mil).
  • You will then receive instruction to print a vehicle pass (make visible on dash while hunting) and an access voucher (carry on-person while hunting). 

Hunt Provisions

 
  1. Adhere to all UDWR Hunting Provisions, such as legal hunting distances from roads, buildings, etc.
  2. Carry active DoD-issued identification card or be accompanied AT ALL TIMES by a HAFB sponsor.
  3. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before official sunrise until 30 minutes past official sunset each day.
  4. Hunting will only be allowed within the designated hunting zone which is located on the eastern edge of HAFB (see maps OverviewNorth ZoneSouth Zone).
  5. If hunting in the BORTA a hunter is REQUIRED to contact the 75 SFS BDOC prior to hunting. The hunter will need to provide them with his/her name, and phone number, Utah Archery tag number, vehicle license plate number, and the general area they will be parked. They will also need to contact the 75 SFS BDOC when finished and have left the area. (801) 777-3056/3507
  6. A hunter is only allowed to hunt during the hunter's assigned dates.
  7. Hunters must report hunting results within five business days following harvest of a deer, or within five business days of the end of their hunting period if no harvest occurs. Failure to report results will disqualify hunter from future HAFB hunts.
  8. No off-highway vehicle usage allowed. (Motorcycles, 4X4, 4X6, ATV's etc.)
  9. Please be courteous when cleaning/butchering harvested deer. Do not leave unused animal parts where they will be observed by HAFB personnel performing their daily duties. 
  10. While it is not illegal to conduct "deer drives," please take extra care to be mindful of other hunters and personnel on HAFB. Using drones or dogs, driving deer that are actively being hunted by others, or being more aggressive than might be considered 'within reason' will make you subject to wildlife and/or hunter harassment penalties. 
  11. Hunters are restricted to archery equipment only on Hill Air Force Base (as described in http://wildlife.utah.gov/hunting-in-utah/hunting-information/big-game.html).
  12. The HAFB access voucher does not allow you to harvest a deer in addition to your UDWR archery deer hunting permit.
  13. Only harvest a buck that meets the antler tine restriction defined for your hunt. A tine (point) is a projection that's longer than 1", measured from its base to its tip.   
    1. Two Point Buck Hunt: Both antlers have a maximum of two tines, not including eye guards. A buck no longer qualifies for the Two Point Buck Hunt, when either antler has more than two tines. Eye guards do not count as tines. 
    2. Three Point Buck Hunt: Both antlers have a maximum of three tines, not including eye guards. A buck no longer qualifies for the Three Point Buck Hunt, when either antler has more than three tines. Eye guards do not count as tines.
    3. Mature Asymmetrical Buck Hunt (NEW 2022): One antler has a maximum of three tines, not including eye guards. A buck no longer qualifies for the Mature Asymmetrical Buck Hunt when both antlers have more than three tines. As long as one antler does not have more than three tines, a buck qualifies for this hunt. 
    4. Any Buck Hunt: Allows a hunter to harvest any buck regardless of the number of points on either antler.  

Projected Permits to be issued in 2022

20 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022 

20 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022

    1 permit 

    5 permits

    Any Buck

    Doe Only (must have antlerless permit for this season)

17 Sep 2022 - 09 Oct 2022

17 Sep 2022 - 09 Oct 2022

    5 permits

    5 permits

    Mature Asymmetrical Buck

    Doe Only

10 Oct 2022 - 04 Nov 2022

10 Oct 2022 - 04 Nov 2022

    7 permits

5 permits

    3 Point Buck

    Doe Only

05 Nov 2022 - 30 Nov 2022

05 Nov 2022 - 30 Nov 2022

     3 permit

     5 permits

    2 Point Buck

    Doe Only

If you have additional questions please contact the Natural Resource Office: Jace Taylor, 801.775.2351; jace.taylor.2@us.af.mil or Nicholas Brown, 801.777.7652; nicholas.brown.51@us.af.mil with any additional questions and/or comments.