The state of Utah is quite famous for its trophy elk hunting. However, you need to know how to navigate the regulations in order to take full advantage of what Utah has to offer. One nice thing about Utah is that you do not have to pay the full tag fee up front, but you are required to buy a nonrefundable hunting license at $65. Consider it an application fee. And the license fees for the hot units are pretty outrageous: $1,500 for the premium limited entry units (and they want $500 from residents), $795 for the so-called limited entry units, but just $388 for the basic maximum sustained yield units.
With that expensive hunting license fee, and some other screwy application rules, Utah’s draw odds aren’t unreasonable. Utah allows you to apply for deer, elk, antelope, moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep, but you can only draw one of the above. Since deer is the first species through the application system, if you draw, you’re done, no more tags (with one notable exception).