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hunting near salt lake

quick question guys.  im visiting the wifes family in the layton clearfield area.  i was talking to one of their friends about hunting.  i looked up prices for non res hunting and i could swing elk or mule deer from a price range.  my main question was how would i i go about finding a spot to hunt outside of hiring an outfiter.  i was looking at possibly trying to come out next season. 

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There is very little hunting

There is very little hunting near Salt Lake for deer or elk unless you have a archery tag.  The northern part of the state is mostly private land so you need to know somebody for the access and the public part of it is very crowded during the hunts.  Most hunters will head east to the hills the other side of the Wasatch Frount or south for hunting territorty.  Also while it is possible for a person to get a tag and head out and get a animal it is unlikely unless you have the time to scout an area out to find out the habbits of the deer and elk.  It is nothing like hunting a whitetail. 

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And if I am not mistaken,

And if I am not mistaken, most if not all of the tags in Utah are gone in the lottery, correct?  Anyone?  I don't think there are many OTC tags available.

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I was looking at guides and

I was looking at guides and different outfiterfs and elk and mule are at least four thousand.  im not near a computer so everything has been researched on my phone.  i will do some research when i get home but just looking around at everything i would love to spend a week.  all info is welcome and thanks for the info above

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99% of all the deer tags in

99% of all the deer tags in Utah are drawn through the DOW with the applications starting in late January or early February.  If you do a guided hunt the guide may offer a land owner tag that you do not need to get through the draw.  With elk most of the state is a spike bull hunt and the tags are over the counter with a limit to them.  There are areas that have a any bull and then you have the limited entry units that are through the draw that are for any bull and you have a chance at a real trophy of a lifetime if you draw one of these tags.  Likewise with deer if you put in for a limited entry tag your chances of a real trophy increase upwardly.  If you are looking at getting a guide you may want to check out this site. 

http://www.outfittersandguides.com/utah.htm

I have never used a guide there since that is where I grew up but if you really want a better chance at a deer that is the way to go.  Also for a trophy area for deer I would look at the Henry Mountains in Southeastern Utah.  The chances of a 200+ pt deer there are higher than just about anywhere.  For a trophy elk just about the whole state hold elk that push the 400 pt mark with quite a few going over that mark.  It just depends on how long you can hold out pulling the trigger. 

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I live in Kaysville. So

I live in Kaysville. So really close to where your relatives are.

Hunting tags has been described above. If you want a deer tag, put in for the drawing. You won't get one over the counter. They will be gone. Spike Elk Bull tags are pretty easy to buy during the spring summer.  Spike Bull is most of the state and is usually a 10 day hunt the first of October.  Open Bull tags are also available, The Open Bull units are typically the Uinta Mountains along the Utah/Wyoming border.  It's really tough to get anykind of trophy off the Open Bull units. 

I don't know what you consider a long drive.  But there is plenty of access to public lands with a 2 hour drive of your relatives. It can be tough to find a place with in a 20-30 minute drive. I took a couple fellows hunting a few years back, We were less than 2 hours from Salt Lake, Their comments were that "they had never seen so much wild game anywhere in the west."  They saw wild turkeys, 300-400 elk, 100+ deer, a bear and cougars in the course of a weekend.

The trick is getting away from the crowds. If you can drive to the area. You will be competing with the crowds. If you can get 7-8 miles away from any motorize travel, Then you have a good chance.

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My first elk cam from that

My first elk cam from that region. I payed a tresspass fee to hunt private land. It was still a DIY hunt. Got a 6x7 that scored right at 300". Heck of a bull for first hunt. Call around to some outfitters, they might have a cancelation hunt, or recomend some private property you could get on. Good luck

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