The first agent I spoke with was Cliff Graham of Associated Hunting Consultants, who gave me several recommendations for hunts. His first is for an elk hunt in Utah with an outfitter who is normally booked two years in advance! On this hunt, success has been running 95 percent for very good branch-antlered bulls. The ranch hunted is large - over 235,000 acres - and is enrolled in the Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) program, which provides landowners with numerous hunting permits that they may sell to sportsmen in exchange for allowing limited public access through the draw.
In the past, the bulls here have averaged from 345 to 355 B & C points, which is a very high average. However, it is not a place where a person can expect to find a 400-point bull. The largest bull taken here last year grossed 370 points, so it just missed the B & C minimum. Due to a last-minute cancellation for this season, the outfitter has discounted a five-day hunt by $2,500 for a final price of $10,000. The state's CWMU nonresident elk permit costs an additional $488, but there is no drawing to contend with as a landowner tag is included in the price. Also, there is a state........(continued)