Felons Get Hunting Licenses

Utah study finds many ex-cons hold permits

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Most states prohibit felons from owning or handling firearms and Utah is no different. Even after serving a sentence and parole, if a resident was convicted of a felony he cannot legally own a gun. However, state law does not prevent these criminals from holding a hunting license. In fact, a recent study conducted by Salt Lake television station KUTV found that at least 7,000 felons in Utah have hunting licenses.

Murderers, rapists and thieves were among the criminals who possessed highly desirable tags for elk and deer. Supervisors for the state corrections department have made home visits to inspect for guns and to remind ex-cons of the terms of their convictions.

The DNR is planning to revise the license application so that language clearly notes that felons may not hunt with a gun.