This bull was taken on a Utah public lands hunt a few years ago.
By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-LargeEditor's note: In the past, drawing a coveted tag for a prime piece of western land in the US would almost guarantee a great wilderness hunt whether you got your animal or not. But things are changing on the western landscape, and you need to consider this before applying in upcoming draws. If you have hunted western public lands recently, either with an outfitter or on your own, please file a report.
This month, a report (10995
) came in from subscriber B. Mabrey about a public land deer hunt in Utah
. It arrived around the time I returned from a Utah public land elk hunt my son had drawn. Both hunts were unsuccessful, and there were some notable similarities.
Mabrey hunted mule deer with Lost Lake Outfitters (435-691-0841; www.lostlakeoutfitter.com
) on the Mount Dutton unit east of Panguitch, UT. Mabrey rates the quality of the food as "good" and all other aspects of the hunt-quality of the outfit, condition of the camp and equipment and the ability of the guide-as "excellent." That proves the outfitter was doing his job....