Working with these ranchers and the local cattle association, outfitter Jeff Sessions has set up an operation in the Northern Region in the small town of Park Valley, situated north of Great Salt Lake, and just south of the Idaho border. Park Valley is the hub of the deer hunting activity in this area and offers a small motel, which is often fully-booked, and a gas station selling ice, water and very limited grocery items. It is here that the Park Valley Hereford Association makes its headquarters. In the past, the Association sold trespass permits to individual hunters allowing hunting access to its 12,000 or so acres immediately north of town. Because the price of these permits was kept low, the Association had to sell as many as 40 or 50 of them to meet its annual income goals. Hunter success rates were quite good, and in an average year, with normal rainfall and range conditions, a competent, self-guided hunter could count on seeing perhaps 25 legal bucks (excluding spikes) in a three- or four-day period.
The downside to all this was that trophy quality gradually diminished. Mountain lions........(continued)