Utah cow elk hunts offer
some of the most exciting and successful elk hunting available anywhere. Past hunters
have commented that they’ve never seen so many
elk while hunting during an open elk season.
Bearpaw Outfitters have guided hundreds of
successful cow elk hunts, they know when and where
to hunt for the best success.
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Utah manages their
elk herds carefully to maintain good
numbers. Cow elk hunts are authorized in areas where elk populations
require cow elk hunting to keep the elk numbers
within objective levels. In spite of
the high elk numbers in Utah, this is real
hunting for wild elk and these hunts can be
a real challenge, there are no guarantees. But
Bearpaw Outfitters know right where to hunt for
the best success so elk are usually seen
every day and over 1,000 head of elk have been
spotted in a single day.
For extra fun, jack rabbits,
cottontail rabbits, and coyotes can be taken on
any cow elk hunt at no extra charge. Super Combo Hunts are also
offered where you can also hunt your choice of doe mule deer, a
second cow elk, cougar, pheasants, geese, and ducks, all on the same hunt.
Hunting Methods and Best Time
elk hunting methods include glassing and
spotting, stalking, watching feeding areas, and
short hikes to glassing areas. Since many areas are easily accessed
using 4x4 vehicles, hunts can be arranged for
hunters with physical limitations.
November, December and January are usually the
best months to hunt in most cow elk units.
cow elk weigh from 300 to 600 pounds and on the
average yield enough cut and wrapped meat to
fill about three 48 quart coolers.
opportunity in most areas will vary from 75% to 100% most
years on cow elk. There are always several hunts that are
100% successful. Many hunters shoot elk on the first or
second day of their hunt, but plan to hunt up to four full
days if needed. Shots often range from 100 to 300 yards so
sight your rifle dead on at 200 yards.
Licenses and Hunter Ed
Cow Elk and Doe Mule Deer
applications are due in June. Cow elk is $218,
doe deer $88, and the Hunting License is $65. Bearpaw
Outfitters will apply for your license in the
best areas. There are also left-over licenses
available in July or August if you miss the June
deadline. A Small Game license will allow you to
take cottontail rabbits and birds. Hunters need
Hunter Ed if born after Jan 1, 1965.
Hunting areas are located
throughout central and northern Utah. Most hunt areas are
only a 2 to 3 hour drive from Salt Lake City. Some hunts
open as early as August and there are hunts open until
January 31. Many of the best hunts occur in November,
December, and January.
Hunts”: Stay at a comfortable motel in town.
Bearpaw will pick up & return guided
hunters daily. Unguided hunters
drive themselves. Your room and restaurant meals are not
included so remember to budget for these
Hosted Tent Camp:
The camp is accessed by auto and usually has 4
to 10 Guided or Unguided hunters in camp.
Includes tents, camp gear, portable toilet,
kitchen area, water, cooked meals and services
provided by Bearpaw staff.
Camp is accessed by auto and suited for 2 to 8
unguided hunters. You do not have to ride horses
to get to camp. Includes tent, camp gear, water,
portable toilet, firewood hand saw, and hunting
advice. Bring your own food.
is a very modest camp for 1 to 3 hunters, with
heat in the sleeping quarters and easy to
prepare meals. Call before the
hunt to verify that conditions are not too
severe to camp. Bring your warm sleeping bag for the
Early fall may have frosty nights but the days
often warm up to 50 or 70 degrees. Late fall and
winter temps often range from 0 to 50 degrees
and snow is likely. Check current
weather forecasts with the
Weather Link on this website. Utah highways
bareoff quickly after a storm
and travel is usually not hampered for long.
Bring insulated boots, gloves, thermal
underwear, and plenty of warm clothing suitable
for snowy conditions.
What's Not Included
Your personal gear, sleeping
bag, motel rooms, restaurant meals, meat processing and shipping, taxidermy,
licenses, gratuities, and any other items not
listed as being included.
Travel and Itinerary
If you are flying into the Salt
Lake City Airport rent a car and
it’s only about a 1 to 3 hour drive to meet Bearpaw Outfitters.
the evening before your hunt begins. Stay at a
motel near the butcher shop the last
evening so you can clean up that evening and
pick up your meat from the butcher shop in the
morning before departing for home.
Contact Us Today
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look forward to meeting you and hunting with you
Dale, Tara, and The Staff