This hunt takes place on a private ranch that is managed as a Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) in northern Utah. In exchange for limiting the harvest of buck mule deer and bull elk and bull moose, the ranch is allowed a 60-day extended rifle season. >
The property covers more than 12 square miles of ideal mule deer and elk habitat near East Canyon Reservoir. Rifle hunting is permitted from mid-September through early November.
This area is known for producing some great mule deer. The outfitter promotes his deer hunt as an excellent chance to take a buck that would score 160 to 180 Boone and Crockett points with a chance to take a great buck. He has killed a few in the 190s and even some over 200 B&C points.
"The elk on this ranch are usually in the 250 to 300 class," he said. "The biggest I might see in a year would be about 320. There's no reason not to go 100 percent on elk if you can shoot and hunt.
"Deer hunting is always tougher, but we have a good population of mature bucks, and we've taken some really big ones."
The outfitter gets one Shiras moose tag per year and can usually find a trophy bull if the hunter is willing to pass on smaller animals. We recommend going later in the season for moose because they can be hard to find before the oakbrush and aspens lose their leaves.