My first question for you would be do you have any points for deer in Utah? All the regions will have a wall hanger or two taken out of them every year so big deer are out there. The only region I would recommend to stay out of is the Northern. It has a lot of private and a lot of access problems but that unit will be the easiest to draw. The southern would be the hardest to draw and a good one would be the Southeastern where there is a lot of national forest and no access problems. Next in line would be the Central and then the Northeastern. A lot of it depends on just how familiar you are with any of them. One good one this year would be the Southern and hunting on the north side of Beaver Mountain. There was a forest fire there last year in September and the deer should just love the new growth that will be coming up this spring but again that region is going to be the hardest one to draw.
So if you are not really that familiar with any of them and you do draw out on one let me know and I'll see if I can give you some help on where to go on it.
The nice thing about Utah's draw system is even though you need to purchase a combination hunting and fishing license for $65.00 if you work it right you can use if for 2 years. If you buy the combination license now it is good for 365 days or until next February 22, 2012. Then if you put in for the draw before that date then you have a valid license for that application period.
So right now out of pocket you will only be in it for $75.00, $65 for the combo license and the $10 application fee. But next year if you apply soon enough you will only have to send in the $10.00 application fee since you already have a valid combo license. Also with you being a non-resident you can apply for all the tags that Utah offers at only an extra $10 each unless you draw the tag at which time they will charge your credit card for the tag. It is one of the cheapest draws out there until you have to pay for the permit.
So if you draw out come on back on here and I can give you some places where you just might find that elusive buck in the Southeast region. I have hunted a lot of it.
Not to it pick Critter but just to clarify a little. The 65 license is small game only the combination license is 80. I always get the combo because it cost me less in the long run than buying several 7 day fishing licenses in the summer. BUt like you said it is the cheapest up front fees that there is.
And I did hit the 2 year deal without even knowing what I was doing last year.
I put in for my colorado deer and elk tags,and my dad was nice enough to let me put in for deer in utah. I have lots of family in Utah and every year someone in my family comes out with a nice buck!! Putting in for Southern Utah would be the way to go, like critter said there will be good hunting near beaver mountain. But that Is one of the many places you can hunt, You can pretty much hunt down towards St.Gerorge all the way up to Beaver! If I draw I will be hunting down towards Cedar mountain,Pine valley area, also down towards enterprise. But pretty much anywhere in southern utah Is bound to have a nice buck or two. Dont take my word for it cause Im a 15 year old, but if it where me I would choose to hunt the Southern region as well. I have my fingers crossed that I will draw deer tags in both states, Haha If that is the cause it is going to be a darn good year for me!!
One problem with the southern region is that it is getting to the point that you need 1 preference point to draw out on it. Either that or become a dedicated hunter in Utah and hope that you draw one year and get to hunt the next two. But then that is all going to change in 2012 when they go to 29 different units.
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