County commission unanimously vote to allow night hunting with the use of spotlights.
Hunters can now hunt at night on public lands as long as they obtain the appropriate permit. This ordinance was passed in Iron County, Utah and allows for night hunting of red foxes, striped skunks, coyotes, raccoons, and jackrabbits.
Hunters should plan ahead when filing for a permit. Permits are available through the sheriff’s department by filing the necessary paperwork and can take up to five days to receive. They only cost $20.
Hunters are still required to have completed Utah’s Hunter Education course in order to qualify for a permit. There are regulations with this new ordinance, so hunters do need to inform themselves before their planned hunt.
Violators of the ordinance may be prosecuted with a misdemeanor and can lose hunting privileges. Violations include using a spotlight 600 feet within a residence or spotlighting on private land. Hunters will still not be allowed to use motor vehicle headlights to spotlight animals or use a spotlight within a vehicle.