Hunt MD4569

Mule deer: $7,250 (5 days)

Elk: $6,500 (5 days)

Elk/deer combo: $13,250 (7 days)

Moose: $12,500 (7 days)

Hunter-to-guide ratio: 2x1 on deer or elk, 1x1 on moose

Terrain: Steep. 4WD roads to ridges.

Area: 8,000-acre Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) about 40 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah.


Deer: glassing, stillhunting, small drives. Elk and moose: glassing, stillhunting, calling, small drives.

ATVs access remote parts of the ranch.

Over-the-counter tags not included in the price of the hunt.

100% of hunters most years fill their tags.

Trophy size: Most bucks are typically 23 to 26 inches wide with the bigger animals in the 27 to 30-inch category. Scores usually range from 160 to 185, but bucks over 200 B&C have been taken on this hunt. Bull elk are typically 5x5s and 6x6s from 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 years old, mostly scoring 250 to 300 B&C with the biggest bulls slightly over 300.

Accommodations are not included. Most hunters stay in a nice condo resort right next to the ranch.

Most hunters eat at local restaurants.

Not included: Taxidermy, butcher fees, taxes, licenses and tags, transportation between hunter's home and Salt Lake City, Utah. If you fly, you'll be met at the Salt Lake City airport. If you drive, you'll be met at a town near the ranch.




Private Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit

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.

Trophy-class bucks, representative elk

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.