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Where Can I Hunt Pheasant in Utah?

Once upon a time, Utah was a destination state for hunting pheasants. However, once the habitat started disappearing, bumper crops of birds decreased and became a thing of the past. Even though pheasant hunting isn’t as popular as it once was, it’s still a great place for hunting upland birds. Discover the best places to find a good pheasant habitat.

The Best Places to Hunt Pheasant

Arguably, the best places for pheasant hunters in Utah are the central and northern regions, specifically the Wasatch-Cache National Forest and Surrounding areas. Some other great spots include:

  • March edges of the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake
  • Willard Bay Upland WMA
  • Ogden Bay WMA
  • Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)

Continue to read more about particular spots prime for pheasant hunters.

Pheasant Hunting Hotspots

Some of the best Wildlife Management Areas for pheasant hunters are located in Box Elder County, in Cache County, near Cutler March and along the Bear River, and in Western Weber County. Another prime area is in the Nephi area. In Northeast Utah, check walk-in areas and WMAs in Uintah and Duchesne Counties.

In WMAs, you can count on quality habitat that contains naturally reproducing birds already present in the area. Many habitats also stock the field before the season begins. In Utah, Interstate 70 is the unofficial boundary for pheasant territory since a suitable ringneck habitat is sparse south of I-70. Near Richfield in Sevier County, WMAs offer hunters good prospects for successful pheasant hunting.

Creek bottoms and fencerows offer the best spots to work. Other areas in central Utah include Huntington and Cleveland, with the Huntington WMA being a well-known hunting hotspot for pheasants. Although Utah’s Walk-In Access Program is still new, thousands of private land in Utah is open for public hunting.

Walk-In Access Properties

A Walk-In Access (WIA) property is an area of private land on which the Division of Wildlife Resources has leased hunting, trapping, and fishing privileges for those with an authorization number—which can be easily obtained here: https://wildlifelicense.utah.gov/hflo/main/serv1/index.html?server=serv1

Landowners enrolled in the WIA program get monetary compensation based upon a few factors, including acceptable habitat and wildlife, the amount of land, and the length of time the water or land is enrolled in the program. They can also qualify for habitat restoration projects to help attract and benefit wildlife species. Access to Walk-In Access property is limited to foot traffic only, in most cases, unless the landowner designates roads for vehicle travel.

Pheasant Hunting Season 2020

The season for pheasant hunting is just about over (Feb 15), but resumes in November, so you have plenty of time to prepare for this year’s pheasant hunt. To take advantage of this year’s hunting season, book your hunting trip now, as they go fast.

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Top 12 Must-Haves For Any Hunting Trip

If you’re a novice hunter, there are some essential things you must have to ensure not only a successful hunt but a safe one. Discover the top must-haves for hunting big game or for that trophy head.

What Should I Bring on My Hunting Trip?

When you head for the big outdoors, there are some must-haves you will need to take with you to ensure that you’re prepared for anything that might occur. Water, food, proper clothing, and much more should be on your list. Remember, you will be in the wild with not only your prey but several predators as well.

Continue reading to learn twelve essentials to take on a hunting trip.

Top 12 Hunting Must-Haves

There are more than twelve crucial things to bring on your hunting trip, but today, we’re going to focus on the most important.

  1. Water – This should be at the top of your list. Ensure you have a good bladder that holds a lot of water and make sure it’s full before you leave because you’ll need it.
  2. Apparel – It’s essential to bring a camouflage head net and gloves, along with extra socks and a good jacket and boots. Overalls and an infrared balaclava complete the outfit and allow you to stay comfortable and warm. Also, bring binoculars for easy viewing ofr the animals.
  3. Backpack – Ensure you have a good backpack, which could be the difference in being able to hike for miles or even a mile. Find a light one that has good padding for comfort and a waist strap for even distribution.
  4. Survival Kit – Include necessary modern-day last resort tools, which include matches, first aid kit, blister kit, ibuprofen, Tylenol, compass, and disinfectant.
  5. Map – Keep a map of your area on you at all times. If you can, bring a GPS.
  6. Food – You will be out hiking and using up a lot of energy hunting, so bring food that has protein, such as granola bars, protein bars, fruit, trail mix, and fruit snacks. Avoid beef jerky because the scent will attract predators and scare prey.
  7. Heat Source – At night, it can get quite cold, so consider keeping in your backpack something to make fire with, such as fire steel, matches you can strike anywhere, cotton balls, or a zippo lighter.
  8. Rain Gear – This is crucial to bring so you don’t get soaked and then are too cold to hunt.
  9. Toilet Paper – This is great to have for obvious reasons, but it can also be used when tracking a wounded deer. When you find blood, drape a bit of toilet paper to mark the deer’s path.
  10. Shelter – Being stranded in the wild is a real possibility, so ensure you have a survival shelter. An easy, yet lightweight one uses a 5×7 nylon tarp, with about 20 or so feet of Paracord or nylon rope and a Swiss army knife. An emergency space blanket helps to save on bulk and will keep you warm.
  11. License and Permit—if needed – Ensure you have the proper licensing for your hunt and place the item(s) in your pack first, ideally in a sealed plastic bag for protection.
  12. Weapons – A gun, compound bow, or a recurve bow are among the weapons used for hunting. Carry more than enough ammo since you won’t know how many misses you’ll have.

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What’s the Difference Between a Hunting License and Permit

To hunt game in Utah and most other states, you’re required to obtain a license. However, certain situations call for a permit, as well. See the differences between a hunting license and a permit.

Hunting Licenses Vs. Permits

A license allows you to hunt big game or fish in a sovereign state, whereas a permit is something needed, in addition to a license to hunt for certain species, such as:

  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Moose
  • Pronghorn
  • Rocky Mountain goat
  • Swan
  • Turkey
  • Bear
  • Bighorn sheep
  • Bison
  • Cougar
  • Sage-grouse
  • Sandhill crane
  • Sharp-tailed grouse
  • Bobcat

Why do I Need a License?

The history of hunting licenses goes back a millennium, with William the Conqueror in 1070 AD, England, which then spread throughout the world. A few reasons for needing a hunting license include public safety—especially regarding children, both as bystanders and hunters. It’s also used for the regulation and conservation of wild animals and allows for revenue for the sovereign state. It also helps contain the transmission of animal-borne diseases (rabies and Lyme disease, notably).

A basic hunting license allows you to hunt small game, which includes most species of waterfowl and upland game. If you plan on fishing, you also need a license, and there are different types to meet the needs of different anglers.

Obtaining a license can be purchased online and are valid for a full year from the date of purchase.

How do I Obtain a Permit?

Look at a hunting guidebook, which is available at the wildlife.utah.go website for the species you want to hunt in the state, or check out your state website for more information. It will indicate whether you need to apply for a permit in the state’s hunt drawing. In Utah, drawings include:

  • Bear – Black bear
  • Big game – Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, desert bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain goat, buck, bison, deer, elk, moose, and pronghorn
  • Antlerless – Deer, elk, moose, and doe pronghorn
  • Crane, grouse, and swan – Sandhill crane, sharp-tailed grouse, greater sage-grouse, and tundra swan Cougar
  • Sportsman – Rocky Mountain bighorn, elk, moose, desert bighorn sheep, bear, bison, cougar, turkey, goat, deer, and pronghorn (one permit for each species)
  • Turkey – Wild turkey

You can apply for a permit from a drawing two ways: visit the online application website during an application period on the wildlife.utah.go website and call or visit the DWR office during the application period. If you live in Utah, before you apply for a permit, ensure you meet Utah’s hunter education, age, and license requirements. There are also regulations to qualify for being a resident.

During the application, you will be instructed and have several opportunities to review your hunt choices. Keep in mind; you can apply anytime during the open application period. If you have a group, check to see if you can apply with the other hunters.

Call R&K Hunting to Book Your Hunt

Once you obtain your license, give us a call and let us match you with the perfect hunting guide. Our experts are licensed and insured, as well as experienced hunters who know the best places to hunt, to give you the most successful chances of bringing home big game. Contact us to learn more.

What is an Outfitter?

An outfitter or guide fulfills a necessary role in the hunting industry, providing valuable insight into hunting, due to their large-scale experience. They make for a more efficient and successful hunting experience for people who otherwise may not have time to put into scouting before a hunt.

Discover more about outfitters and factors to consider when choosing one.

What Does an Outfitter do?

An outfitter is a licensed business that employs guides who then take hunters out on hunting trips. Outfitters provide a variety of products and services for clients, so they ensure they’re getting the best experience and the best chances of success. They also provide clients with transportation and gear, called “outfitting.” They should be licensed, bonded, and insured. Depending on which state you live, there are certain requirements outfitters must meet to conduct business. 

Additionally, some states offer guide and outfitter boards/associations that regulate the practice of outfitters and guides. They hold their members to high standards with membership being a privilege, not a guarantee. Several states require outfitters to be members of the outfitters association before they become licensed. 

Factors in Choosing an Outfitter

It’s important to contact your state’s wildlife department to ensure an outfitter is registered. Check to see if your state has a guide and outfitter association and see if the outfitter is a member. Last but not least, call the outfitter and inquire about references. If they can provide a list of satisfied clients, you should be good to go.

Also, check to see if their guides follow regulations for your state. For instance, here are the requirements for outfitters and guides for both Utah and Wyoming.

Utah

In Utah, there’s a great system on the Department of Public Licensing’s website. You can verify if an outfitter is licensed by clicking on the tab to the left that says, “Verify a License.” You can then type the name of the outfitter or guide to see if they’re actively licensed and if they’ve had any issues or problems with that particular guide. Guides must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete licensing application
  • Produce competency as a hunting guide with verified proof of 100 days minimum of outdoors-related training.
  • Produce satisfactory evidence of upright, moral character.
  • Must renew license yearly.
  • Must be employed or associated with a licensed outfitter

Wyoming

The state requires all outfitters to be registered. Here are their guide requirements:

  • Must renew the license annually
  • Must complete guide licensing application
  • Must possess first aid certification
  • Must be approved by the Wyoming State Board of Outfitters
  • Must not be a convicted felon
  • Must be employed by a licensed outfitter


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What Do I Need For Backpack Hunting?

You may have wondered what all the talk is about backpack hunting and even thought about trying your hand at it. But, you may have no clue what you need. Still, the thought of hiking miles in deep woods, just nature as your companion and with everything you need on your back seems enticing. We’ll discuss just what’s involved with backpack hunting so that you can make an informed decision.

Supplies to Bring

Here are the four main gear items you’ll need for backpack hunting:

  • Tent or shelter
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag or quilt
  • Backpack (a good-quality, large one)

Backpack

Choosing a good-quality backpack is obviously the meat of your backcountry system. Since it hauls everything you’re going to need in it, it’s imperative to get one that you get a backpack that is both capable of hauling heavy loads and, most importantly, fits you. If you’re not sure, you can check out plenty of videos about backpack and backpack hunting. To try some on yourself, go to a sporting goods store. If you don’t have one in reach, then reach out to people on forums with expertise in this area. Also, if you contact the companies that manufacture the backpacks, they will most likely help you out.

Now, concerning how big the backpack is, a good rule of thumb is 1,000 cubic inches per day. But, you don’t need two different backpacks for a weekend trip versus a longer one. Choose a size that reflects the duration of most of your trips. For a more extended hunt, it’s a good idea to select one that carries about 5,000 cubic inches. This is just a guideline, so see what’s best for you. Everyone’s setup is different, and there are plenty of experienced backpack hunters who can get seven days out of a 5,000 to 6,000 cubic inch pack.

Shelter or Tent

Whether you get a tent or have some other shelter is entirely up to you and where you’ll be hunting. If you live somewhere where dangers are surrounding you, you may want a lightweight enclosed space a tent offers. If you’re in a place where that’s not so much an issue, consider a floorless shelter or running a bivy sack. Bivys are a lightweight, simple option for hunters who are only looking for a place to sleep and nothing more. Now, if it starts raining, you’re stuck in it until it stops—that is unless you want your sleeping bag to get wet.

Quilt or Sleeping Bag

Again, whatever you use to put over you is mostly your own preference, but it’s important to think about the weather. If you’re going to be in freezing or sub-zero conditions, the best thing to get is a mummy bag, since they insulate your body heat. These types of sleeping bags are more comfortable but may weigh more and take additional space in your pack.

An alternative is a quilt, which is designed with a footbox (similar to a traditional mummy-style sleeping bag) This helps reduce the weight since it doesn’t contain the bottom portion of the bag.

Last but not least, don’t forget food, water, clothing, and of course, a first-aid kit. 

Call R&K Hunting

We have trained and experienced hunting guides that offer the best backpack hunting experience for your exciting adventure. Contact R&K Hunting to book your hunting trip with us and get ready for backpack hunting. 

How To Dress For Your Upcoming Hunting Trip

If you’re new to the hunting scene and not sure how to dress while on a hunting trip, you’ll want to stay tuned to learn what to wear. Yes, winter is about here, but it’s never too early to put some hunting clothing on your wishlist. They also make a perfect gift for the hunter in your life.

Dress in Layers

For the upcoming winter season, the keyword is warmth. Don’t be a hotshot and grin and bear it while on a hunt. Comfort is essential, especially if you’re planning to make it an all-day affair. Insulated wear is your best bet, so investing in layers will pay off. Gloves, hats, boots, thick socks, undershirts, pants, jackets, and coats should be in your shopping cart. If you’re hunting in early fall, you may not need a heavy coat and gloves and instead, a long-sleeved shirt and jacket. A billed hat shields your eyes from the blinding sunrise or sunset, so think about investing in one.

Go Incognito

When choosing your wear, it’s important to blend into your environment. Standing out in neon yellow or green allows the big game to pick you out and then scatter like cockroaches. You’re hunting is over before it’s begun. So, the best thing is to dress in camo, which includes dark green, khaki, brown, and whites mixed to create the illusion you blend into the environment. You can also opt for earth tones, which hunters seem to like more than camo. If you’re quiet and don’t stand out to the game, your chances of catching and shooting that big elk increases.

A Ghillie suit can help you blend into your surroundings and replaces every other item you may need. Some places sell a 3-D type camo that closely resembles foliage you would never guess, hid a person. Of course, think about the weather, because the suits can become hot. If you’ll be hunting in warm weather, get a lightweight ghillie suit. 

Dress for the Type of Hunting

If you’re planning on some waterfowl hunting, you’ll obviously be near water. If it’s fall, you can shoot for lighter weight, waterproof clothing. If it’s winter, you’ll want insulated camo to stay warm while in cold water. If you plan on getting in the water to play decoys, choose waders. Hunting in marshy areas requires waterproof pants and boots.

Orange Blaze It

States require wearing orange blaze accessories to distinguish you from other hunters. So first find out those requirements. Depending on the season, you may need to have different accessories. Many outdoor stores and hunting brands make vests, hats, caps, beanies, and gloves at affordable prices.

Contact R&K Hunting Company

To get the best-guided hunts and to book your upcoming trip, call us. We can match you with the perfect guide for your needs and desires. Our guides are heavily trained and experienced and know the right places in which to hunt for the ideal trophy animals. Contact us today.

The Difference Between Poaching & Trophy Hunting

An argument can be made that poaching and trophy hunting is the same thing; however, it’s simply not true. Still, people debate about both types of hunting. Learn about the difference between poaching and trophy hunting.

Poaching Vs. Trophy Hunting

Poaching is hunting without legal permission from whoever owns that land. Trophy hunting requires a license or getting a permit that contains regulations that hunters must abide by for certain animals. For instance, in Africa, you must follow particular rules to hunt there. The government gives hunters permits to kill a specific animal, and they can’t straw away from the animal. It’s a significant revenue stream for African governments with big game hunting. They allow hunting, but on their terms, dictating where and what you can hunt, as well as with what weapon.

Hunters must be escorted by a licensed professional hunter and tour operator at all times. An American dentist thought he had a legal permit to hunt and kill Cecil, the lion, but was accused of poaching instead. He paid $50,000 to kill him. 

Cause and Effect of Poaching

There are several reasons why someone poaches, such as people wanting to stop animals from encroaching on farms; it’s also used as a sport. For years, poaching has been a severe problem because it directly affects animals living in the wild. Many species, once very common, are becoming extinct due to poaching. It affects local communities, wildlife populations, and the environment. 

In 2011, the IUINC (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) declared the Western Black Rhino as extinct. Unfortunately, poaching is a lucrative business, more than other jobs available in places like South Africa and China. The poaching of animals has a devastating effect on a community’s tourism industry.

Environmental effects from poaching include the North American grey wolf. When it was near extinction, the elk, which grew in population, ate almost all of the aspen trees to extinction since they had no natural predator.

Why Trophy Hunting is Good

Unlike poaching, hunting is good for wildlife. Legally regulated trophy hunting never threatens species, only enhances wildlife populations, since hunters typically hunt old, diseased, or dying animals. Hunters do the most to preserve the species they hunt, acting as conservationists that practice sustainable use of wildlife resources.

Trophy hunting plays a crucial and irreplaceable role in land and wildlife conservation. Millions of dollars go into the economies of African communities, offering compelling incentives to both governments and private landholders, enabling the preservation of land for wildlife. The IUCN reports that:

  • The Black Rhino recovered from near extinction from about 1,000 in the 1890s to over 3,500 today.
  • White Rhinos made up only 100 in 1895; today, there are between 19,600 and 21,000 white rhinos.
  • Cape buffalo herds were extinct in the early 1900s to now having more than a million.
  • The Bontebok population was 126 in 1925, with over 8,000 today.

Without conservation hunting, the human-wildlife conflict would increase in these African nations.

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An Introduction To Trophy Hunting

You see on social media, your uncle or brother/sister just scored at hunting. They proudly photograph themselves with a lion or bear and plan on mounting the head in their den or family room. This type of hunting is called trophy hunting.

Learn more about what trophy hunting is and statistics on this highly controversial subject.

What is Trophy Hunting?

Trophy hunting is the act of shooting carefully selected animals, such as lions, bears, pumas, rhinos, and elephants, under formal government license for pleasure. Usually, the trophy is a part of the animal (its head, antlers, horns, or skin) you display in your home or business. It’s a souvenir, hunters keep after a kill and is a booming industry. Taxidermists clean and dress trophies for museums, hotels, restaurants, and residential homes.

Trophy hunting does have restrictions, so you can’t just go anywhere and hunt any game. You also can’t use any weapon for hunting trophy animals. Hunters usually spend large sums of money on killing the animals and taking particular pride in their experience. They may do it for the thrill of the hunt or as bragging rights; some even do it for competition, to see if they can get into the record books. Many hunters would preserve them as a memento of the hunt, mainly if it were a family experience, such as with father and son or daughter.

History of Trophy Hunting

Over the last few centuries, sportsmen took to regulating hunting activity throughout the U.S., developing rules and conventions. As wildlife populations dwindled in the 1800s, hunters started targeting mature male specimens, instead of females. Hunters now mainly argue the selective process helps in conservation efforts, making trophy hunting a useful component. 

When trophy hunting took off in the 20th century, critics of it sought to restrict or ban the practice. The revenue generated by hunting tourism extends across the world, with Africa establishing its first game ranches in the 1960s. Fast forward to 2000’ and approximately 7000 fame farms and reservations operate within South Africa on about sixteen million hectares (a measurement of land). 

Trophy Hunting Statistics

In the U.S., trophy hunters imported over 1.26 million trophies from 2005-2014, with Canada the leading source of imported trophies. The top ten species imported were:

  • Snow goose
  • Mallard duck
  • Canada goose
  • American black bear
  • Impala
  • Common wildebeest
  • Greater kudu
  • Gemsbok
  • Springbok
  • Bontebok

According to the National Geographic News, the five most prominent trophy species imported into the U.S for the years 2005-2014 were lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalo, and leopards for a combined total of 32,500. From Africa, it was the lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, with the Southern White Rhino. Mexico boasts of a hunting industry valued at around $200 million, with approximately 4000 hunting ranches.

Frequently, trophy hunters target the oldest animals past their breeding age or who wouldn’t survive past another winter or dry season or would die from exposure or starvation. A quote from the great hunter Elgin Gates said it best:

“The true trophy hunter is a self-disciplined perfectionist seeking a single animal, the ancient patriarch well past his prime that is often an outcast from his own kind… If successful, he will enshrine the trophy in a place of honor. This is a more noble and fitting end than dying on some lost and lonely ledge where the scavengers will pick his bones, and his magnificent horns will weather away and be lost forever.”

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Why Are Hunting Permits Necessary?

Hunting season attracts all types of hunters. Whether you’re looking for a trophy elk or a deer for its meat this winter, you need a permit. Learn about why and when permits are necessary and how to obtain one.

Why do I Need a Permit?

First, let’s differentiate between a license and a permit. A basic hunting license is required to hunt small game, including most species of waterfowl and upland game. You need a license for separate hunting permits for big game, cougars, bears, and other animals. A permit is something you obtain in addition to a primary hunting or combination license (fishing included) for the following species, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources:

  • Cougar
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Pronghorn
  • Bighorn sheep
  • Bison
  • Bobcat
  • Moose
  • Mountain goat
  • Sandhill crane
  • Sage-grouse
  • Sharp-tailed grouse
  • Swan
  • Turkey

A hunting license is to control hunting, namely for the protection of natural treasures and raising tax revenue. 

Purposes for a Hunting Permit

There are several purposes for a hunting permit, such as public safety—particularly around children, whether they are hunters or bystanders. A permit is also for regulation and conservation of wild animals, state revenue, and for containing animal-borne disease transmission. (including Lyme disease and rabies)

In the U.S., hunting regulation is a matter of state law, with additional regulations mandated through Federal environmental law for endangered species, including ducks and geese or other migratory birds. As with other licenses, a hunting license or permit is not a right but a privilege afforded by the federal government. 

How do I Obtain a Hunting Permit?

States have different standards and paperwork requirements for license and permit requests. It depends on areas, times, distinctions between species, harvesting techniques, and whether you’re required to take a hunting safety course.

Before you obtain a permit, first take a look at the hunting guidebook put out by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources or one for your state. If you live in Utah, you can download them or pick up printed copies. They have everything you need to hunt or fish in the state. It also tells you if you should apply for a permit in the state’s hunt drawing. Some permits don’t qualify, but sometimes after the drawing, they offer them. You can choose to buy one online or by visiting your local DWR office. They also sell them at retail sales outlets.

Contact R&K Hunting Company

R&K Hunting Company prides itself on guided hunts for both Utah and Wyoming. Retreat to the beautiful Uinta Mountains near Evanston Wyoming or in Coalville, Utah. If you’re ready to book a hunting trip, please give us a call. We have years of experience with finding the perfect hunting spots for the passionate hunter or beginner. Our specialists have gathered some of the best hunting habitats for game, including mule deer, elk, and moose. Call us today to learn more.

Taking Big Game Season To The Next Level

Big game season is the most exciting time of year for hunters. You’ve been practicing your archery and muzzleloader skills all year, and now’s your chance to show them off. If you’ve participated in a big game season for a few years now, don’t get too cocky—the best hunters know that there’s always room for improvement. Setting unrealistic expectations about the number of games you can hunt as you comfortably sit on your chair will only leave you feeling disappointed. 

Only the best hunters know that sharpening their skills is a year-round process, not just when hunting season comes around. Expert hunters take full responsibility for their hunting misses, and they’re always identifying ways to take the big game season to the next level. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, here are some ways to help you refine your hunting skills this big game season. 

Best Hunting Strategies

Some of the best hunting advice you will receive may sound counterintuitive, but you should always keep an open mind. For example, many hunters make the common mistake of leaping when they detect prey. Jumping out at a wild animal is the easiest way to scare them off, so you’ll want to avoid doing that at all costs. Instead, take your hunt slowly. If you’re an antsy hunter, one of the best tips you can pick up on is to use your watch as a guide. Decide on a time to stand still, such as five minutes. Setting up a timer will force you to stay still and quiet for the designated amount of time so that you won’t scare off any potential targets.

Pick your landmarks wisely. When you circle an animal by walking around it and silently sneaking up behind it, it’s easy for you to become disoriented as you change your location. Select a distinctive landmark that you can recognize from the back, such as a fence, a large tree, or a big rock to help guide you to the proper spot. 

Beating the Competition

There’s no such thing as a non-competitive hunter. Even if you only hunt recreationally, other hunters consider your competition—it comes with the territory. Everyone is trying to score game, and you’re up against triple the number of people during the big game season. Many roads are blocked these days to restrict vehicle access, so you’ll have to primarily rely on either riding a horse or traveling by foot. Hunters park their car at the gates before entering the field, and then they hike up the rest of the road. It’s best if you get ahead of the pack and park at the gates by midnight.  

Don’t ever follow the leader when you’re hunting. If you’re in the middle of tracking a deer and you discover that a rival hunter is in pursuit of that same deer, there’s no sense in following the other hunter. This doesn’t mean that you should give your competition an easy target; instead, make a big circle around the deer. Chances are, the other hunter will only keep pushing the deer forward in a straight line. The other hunter may even accidentally push the deer closer to you. This is your chance to strike. 

Hunting is a stressful enough activity, and when you’re out in the field during big game season, it’s you versus everyone else. Save yourself the stress of getting a head start at midnight and instead hunt with a private guide. R & K Hunting offers guided hunts in pristine, private lands situated in both Utah and Wyoming. Contact us today.