The 2013 hunting season is here. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch always meet some fascinating people this time of year, as many hunters travel to Utah from across the globe. To help anybody who is coming to Utah this season, we’ve jotted down a few of the things we know from hunting in near the Lodge.
Every year the state of Utah sells or allows lotteries for a certain amount of species-specific hunting permits. The most common hunts in Southern Utah are for deer and elk. Permits for antelope, bison, bighorn sheep, and moose can also be obtained. A limited amount of once-in-a-lifetime and predatory animal permits are also awarded to a lucky few.
The highlands of Southern Utah are popular with both local residents and visitors in the hunting season. Many claim that the eastern slopes of Boulder Mountain are the best place to find whitetail deer. We also suggest Thousand Lakes Mountain in the north, especially if you’re after elk. If you’re hunting for pronghorns or antelope try the plateaus near Loa, Utah. And, if you’re lucky enough to have a Buffalo permit, you will be spending a lot of time in the Henry Mountain Range.
For those interested in guided hunting tours, we are able to suggest premier and qualified guides.
Because information on the hunting season can sometimes change quickly, we suggest you visit the Utah Division of Wildlife website, wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/. Maps and hunting area boundary information is also available here.
Whatever, wherever, and however you choose to hunt, we hope you’ll have a great time exploring the forests of Southern Utah.