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The Best Deer Hunting Is In Utah

The Best Deer Hunting Is In Utah

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[VIDEO]- Funny Redneck Deer Hunting--Got To See It!
[VIDEO]- Funny Redneck Deer Hunting--Got To See It!

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 ==== ====[VIDEO] - Funny Redneck Deer Hunting, Got To See It.....www.BZ9.com/DeerHunting ==== ====There are more mule deer in Utah than any other big game animal. And deer hunting in Utah is bigbusiness. Why? Because trophy mule deer are one of the most alluring game species in NorthAmerica. Few experiences will get your heart pounding harder than seeing a monster muley - sporting amassive rack - close up in the wild. It has happened to me every time I've had the privilege ofseeing one. Maybe it's because I've come to realize how hard it is to actually get close enough tosee one. And, yes, there still are deer like this in Utah. But a number of factors are making it harder to evensee one let alone have the chance to hunt one. One thing you should be aware of. There are nowhitetail deer in Utah. An occasional whitetail may wander in from a neighboring state but suchoccurrences are rare. Is Deer Hunting In Utah As Good As It Used To Be? One thing that's apparent to anyone who has hunted mule deer in Utah for any length of time. Thedeer population here has been declining. For the last 30 years to be exact. Many factors can be blamed for the decline. But the main reason is becoming a common themethroughout the country. There's just less land available for mule deer to thrive. And the land that'sleft has deteriorated to the extent it's now detrimental to healthy mule deer numbers. Whenever a species like mule deer has less suitable habitat, disease and predation by otherspecies are magnified. Favorable mule deer habitat in Utah is also shrinking due to an overallclimatic trend in the state. A trend toward drier conditions. Drought has existed in a lot of the statefor several years. Deer hunting in Utah is allowed in most public areas of the state except for national parks, nationalmonuments and state parks. It's managed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) andproclamations are set yearly. The best way to plan for a hunting trip is to check the latest Utah biggame proclamation. You can do that online at the DWR site. Mule deer are spread throughout the entire state. Some of the best hunting is: in the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains east of Salt Lake City. in all the national forest areas across the Colorado Plateau.
 in the La Sal and Abajo Mountains of southeastern Utah. in the Paunsagaunt Plateau area of southern Utah. along the Skyline Drive mountaintop road of central Utah. in all the national forests and throughout the state's vast mountainous areas. Nature Takes Its Toll on Utah's Deer Herd Nature wreaked havoc on Utah mule deer after several years of drought and a bitter winter withrecord snow in 1992-1993. It became apparent that Utah's deer herd could no longer allow anunlimited hunt. For the first time ever, buck permits were capped in 1994. Since 1994, 97,000general season buck permits in five hunting regions have been sold each year. This becomes a difficult process to monitor, though, as permits are sold over-the-counter. In someyears, permits exceeded 97,000. By moving to a draw in 2000, sales of permits have been heldreal close to the 97,000 cap. Severe drought in Utah has continued to take its toll on deer hunting in Utah. The number ofpermits was capped at 95,000 in 2005. And the first statewide deer management plan wasapproved that same year. Plans for each unit are updated every few years. One of the biggest obstacles working against deer hunting in Utah is the maturation of theremaining plant community. Many of the most critical deer ranges are in the late stages of their lifecycle. They are dominated by mature pinion-juniper, other conifers and older shrubs likesagebrush. With pivotal winter deer ranges covered by older shrubs, there has been little regrowthof younger plants. Annual grasses such as cheatgrass are taking over a lot of traditional mule deerhabitat. Some of the other factors affecting mule deer numbers in Utah and throughout the west are bothnatural and man-made. The primary predators for mule deer in Utah are cougars, coyotes and,yes, even black bears. As anyone who enjoys the outdoors has probably noticed, the number ofoff- highway vehicles (OHVs) has exploded. Whether those who promote these machines like toadmit or not, they caused extensive damage to mule deer habitat. From 1998 to 2006, OHV usetripled in Utah. And it's gone up 100-fold in the last 30 years! Uncontrolled use of OHVs not only damages mule deer range, it also causes undue stress on thedeer during critical periods of their life cycle - especially in winter when energy conservation canbe the difference between life and death. While the use of OHVs on public land is a legitimate right, their uncontrolled and improper use notonly damages wildlife habitat, it can kill wildlife. For this reason, there has been an increaseddemand for more areas to be designated as walk-in and horseback only areas. Remote areas withfewer hunters and no OHV traffic. Biologically, limiting areas to foot and horse travel can limithunter pressure, reduce harvest and increase buck to doe ratios. 
A Part Of Utah Life Mule deer are the most important game animal in Utah. Thousands of families still plan their fallsaround the deer hunt. Deer hunting in Utah is strongly rooted in the social fabric. And a lot ofpeople in the state make their living catering to people who love the fantastic outdoors. There are few people who don't enjoy seeing deer in the wild. A lot of time and a lot of money isspent in Utah each year watching and photographing mule deer. Areas that produce large bucksare attractive to hunters as well as people who enjoy just seeing them. And Utah has plenty of units that produce large bucks. Even "monster" trophy bucks. Head downto the area south of the Paunsagaunt Plateau in southern Utah in late fall. Drive some of the backroads east of Kanab with a camera and be careful your jaw doesn't hit the steering wheel. I'vebeen there and seen them. The Future Of Mule Deer In Utah The goal of Utah game managers is to increase the state's mule deer population to a post-seasonsize of 350,000 by 2013. That would mean another 50,000. As precipitation appears to bereturning to normal - especially this year, 2009 - it seems to be a reasonable goal. Another one of their goals is to give residents and visitors to Utah a diverse range of high-qualityhunting and viewing opportunities for mule deer throughout the state. How to Plan A Utah Deer Hunt Both the Central and the Northeastern Regions have improved dramatically in recent years. Herdsin both of these regions average 16 bucks per 100 does. This allows more permits to be issued inthese areas. The Northern Region has not enjoyed the same rebound. The winter of 2007-2008was not kind to deer in this region. The two units - the Cache and Ogden units - reduced the ratiodown to 10 bucks per 100 does. If you're looking to get a chance at a trophy Utah buck, there are a couple ways to go. Utah has awide assortment of professional outfitters ready and willing to help you go on the hunt of a lifetime.If you have the resources, hiring one of these outfitters is absolutely the best way to go. They haveaccess to land no one else has. They know where the deer are and you don't have to worry abouthaving thousands of other people invading your space. And, once again, they have access to landthroughout the state. Utah has some of the biggest trophy mule deer on the planet and thesepeople will get you to where they live. If you don't have the resources or the desire to hire an outfitter, take a look at the big gameproclamation at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website or contact them directly. It'll giveyou the best overview there is about deer hunting in Utah. You can apply for one of the generalpermits or one of the lottery-type limited entry hunts. If you're applying for one of these, plan ayear ahead. Licenses 

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