Southern Ute Indian Tribe

First Descendant Antlerless Elk

Division of Wildlife Resource Management

Wildlife Division Head

Aran Johnson

The 2022 First Descendant Antlerless Elk Hunt

The First Descendant Antlerless Elk Hunt is a limited-draw hunt held in December on the Southern Ute Reservation.

Important Information

  • Hunters must comply with all rules set forth in the Southern Ute Reservation Hunting Proclamation.
  • Permitted 1st Descendants are only allowed to hunt on tribal trust lands within the exterior boundary of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Access permission must be obtained to hunt on tribal land assignments. Private property (including allotted parcels) and San Juan National Forest lands are not available for 1st Descendant hunting.

Hunt Information

  • The hunt is open only to Southern Ute First Descendants.
  • Season Dates: December 1 – 31, 2022.
  • Weapon Type: Any Legal Weapon
  • Application Period: September 1 to October 28 at 4:00 PM, 2022
  • Application fee is non-refundable.
  • Applicants must submit a descendancy letter from Tribal Information Services.
  • Ten permits will be available by limited draw only.
  • The draw was conducted on November 2 for ten permits.
  • Permits must be purchased by December 1.
  • Successful hunters must have their elk validated.
  • Bag Limits: 1 Antlerless Elk.


  • Application Fee: $25
  • Permit Fee: $75
  • Total Fees: $100

Applications must be submitted by October 28th @ 4:00PM, 2021. If more than 10 first descendants apply, then a random draw will be performed to identify those that will receive a permit. If less than 10 first descendants apply, then all the applicants will receive a permit to hunt. First descendant eligibility in future antlerless elk hunts may be based on draw success in the previous year.

Southern Ute First Descendants

  1. Must present paperwork from Tribal Information Services certifying that they are a first descendant of an enrolled Southern Ute tribal member.
  2. Must be 12 years old or older.
  3. Hunters under 21 years of age must possess a hunter safety education card and must present it at the time permits are picked up.
  4. Issued permits must be signed by the applicant.

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