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Combination elk/mule deer hunt on private ranches in northern Utah

Hunt EKMD4563NU

 Hunt Price per person, hunter:guide ratio
Elk/mule deer combo, 5 days $10,000 1x1
$9,250 2x1
Elk rifle, 5 days, CWMU $7,500 1x1
$6,570 2x1
Elk rifle, 5 days, Open Bull $6,000 1x1
$5,500 2x1
Area  Lodging/meals
Northern Utah private ranches covering 150,000 acres. Several are in the Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit system. Small cabins or a rented house. Meals are included.
Hunter success Trophy size
100% opportunity and usually 100% kill rate. In 2007 all eight elk hunters killed bulls. Most hunters take a bull scoring 260-300 B&C and a deer scoring 150-180 B&C. The biggest elk in a given year usually scores 320 or so, and the largest deer usually scores 180 with an occasional 200-class buck.
Licenses Dates
Special CWMU permits are issued over the counter. General season archery tags are sold over the counter until sold out. Open bull permits are offered in a drawing, but tags always have been left over. Leftover tags sell out, however, so book as early as possible. Click here for latest tag prices. Hunts are five full hunting days. Plan to arrive the day before your hunt begins and to leave the evening your hunt ends.

CWMU dates are Sept. 1-Nov. 20 with archery hunts Aug. 23-Sept. 14.

Open bull dates are usually early October for rifle (Oct. 6-18 in 2009), early November for muzzleloader (Nov. 1-9 in 2009) and late August to early September for archery (Aug. 23-Sept. 14 in 2009).

Airport pickup in Salt Lake City is included. You'll be dropped off at the airport or at a Salt Lake City hotel that offers airport shuttle service.

One of the most common requests we get is for a combination mule deer and elk hunt that offers high success on representative trophies. In most parts of the West, however, this hunt simply does not exist. Either the seasons do not correspond, or the hunting for one species is poor. This hunt, on the other hand, takes place where both deer and elk populations are healthy and where you can both species simultaneously. Hunter success is high on bulls in the 260 to 300 Boone and Crockett class as well as on bucks that score 150 to 190 B&C. I've been on some of this outfitter's property and usually have been able to see elk and deer the same day. He keeps hunting pressure low to keep hunter success high.

Most of the property he leases is in Utah's Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit system, so he can hunt earlier and later than the state's general seasons. You can hunt with a rifle as early as Sept. 1 and as late as Nov. 20, depending on which parcel you hunt. Bow hunts take place between Aug. 23 and Sept. 14.

You'll stay in a cabin or house, and meals are provided. Airport pickup at Salt Lake City is included in the price of the hunt.

This hunt offers uncrowded hunting on private land, where hunting pressure is light enough that you have an excellent chance of taking a mature five or six-point trophy. Few animals exceed 320 Boone and Crockett points, but almost every hunter has been able to take a bull in the 260 to 320 class with most of those scoring under 300 B&C.

If you're looking for a 350-class bull, this hunt is not for you, but if you want to be pretty sure of taking home a nice, representative wallhanger, this is an excellent choice.

The outfitter leases more than 150,000 acres of prime deeded land in two northern Utah counties. Some of this acreage is enrolled in the state's Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit system, so you can hunt earlier or later than the general season. This provides the opportunity to hunt with a rifle during the rut in late September and early October. Also, some of the property is open as late as Nov. 20 to take advantage of elk movements to lower elevations.

Because the hunting pressure is light on this ranchland, hunter success is typically 100 percent. You don't have to be in exceptional shape to enjoy this hunt because private roads or ATV trails get you close to most of the better hunting areas.

We've worked with the outfitter for five or six years, and most clients book return trips. He also offers mule deer and moose hunts on some of the land you'll be hunting, so you have a chance to book a combination hunt if you like.