Utah Cow Elk Hunting

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Utah Cow Elk Hunts

Bearpaw Outfitter's Utah cow elk hunts are some of the most exciting and successful elk hunts available. 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.

Cow Elk Hunts

Hunt Type              Cost Each

3-Day Guaranteed Hunt...$1950

3-Day Semi-guided............$950

3-Day Unguided Lodge......$950

DIY Hunting Map...............$295



Utah manages elk herds carefully to maintain good numbers. Cow elk hunts are authorized in areas to reduce elk numbers. In spite of the high elk numbers in Utah, this is still real hunting for wild elk and these hunts can be a real challenge. But Bearpaw Outfitters know where to hunt for the best success so elk are normally seen every day and over 1,000 elk have been spotted in a single day. Combo Hunts are also offered which can include a second cow elk, cougar, coyotes, and small game. 

Hunting Methods and Best Time

Cow elk hunting methods include using 4x4 truck, snowmobile, or atv for access, glassing, spot and stalking, or watching feeding areas. Most hunts are not that physically tough and can be suitable for hunters with physical limitations. November, December and January are usually the best months to hunt in most cow elk units.

Trophy Quality and Shot Opportunity

Most cow elk weigh from 400 to 600 pounds and on the average yield enough cut and wrapped meat to fill about three 48 quart coolers. Shot opportunity in most areas runs 80% or more and many years we are 100% successful. Many hunters shoot elk on the first or second day of their hunt, but plan to hunt up to three 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 applications are due in June. Cow elk is $218 and the Hunting License is $65. Bearpaw Outfitters will apply for your license in the best areas. There are often left-over licenses available in August if you miss the June deadline. A Small Game license will allow you to take cottontail rabbits. Hunters must have Hunter Ed if born after Jan 1, 1965.

Hunting Areas and Seasons

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.

Accommodation Choices

Motel “Town Hunts”:  Stay at a motel in town. Bearpaw will pick up & return guided hunters daily. Unguided hunters drive themselves. Motel and restaurant meals are not included so budget for these expenses.

Lodge:  We offer unguided hunts during October from a very nice lodge with meals included. We also provide a map and hunting directions.

Spike Camp:  This is a modest camp with heat in the sleeping quarters and kitchen and includes easy to prepare meals. Call before the hunt to verify that conditions are suitable to camp. Bring a warm sleeping bag.

Temperature & Weather

Early fall will have frosty nights but the days often warm up to 50 to 70 degrees. Late fall and winter temps often range from 0 to 50 degrees and snow is expected. Check current weather forecasts with the Weather Link on this website. Utah highways bare off quickly after a storm and travel is usually not hampered for long. Bring insulated boots, gloves, thermal underwear, and plenty of warm clothing 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 fly into the Salt Lake City Airport rent a car and it’s only about a 1 to 3 hour drive to meet Bearpaw. Arrive the evening before the hunt. Stay at a motel near the butcher shop the last evening so you can pick up your meat from the butcher the next day before departing for home.

Contact Us Today

Call or Email with any questions or to book a hunt. If sending a deposit by postal mail, use the Hunt Application to verify your details. "We look forward to meeting you and hunting with you soon."

Best Regards,
Dale, Tara, and The Staff

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Full-time outfitters and guides offering Guaranteed Utah Cow Elk Hunts, Unguided UT Cow Elk Hunting, and DIY Cow Elk Hunting Maps