Hunting and Fishing in Utah

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Hunting and Fishing in Utah

Hunting in Utah is allowed on most public lands with the exception of National and State Parks and National Monuments. The most common large game hunted in Utah include mule deer, elk and antelope. Also hunted, but more rarely are bighorn sheep. Hunted fowl include wild turkey, mourning dove, chukar partridge, pheasant, forest grouse, sage grouse, California quail, Gamble’s quail, ducks and geese.

Utah has some of the best elk hunting in the U.S. and one of the best public hunting lands is in Ashley Forest, in the Uinta Mountains. Mule deer and elk are found throughout the state of Utah, with favored hunting areas also in the Uinta Mountains, Diamond Mountain and on the Book Cliffs in Northern Utah and the La Sal and Abajo Mountains in Southern Utah. The Bear River in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest is a favorite spot of waterfowl and many other game birds can be found in number there as well. A favorite spot for duck hunting is in the Utah Wildlife Resources Desert Lake Waterfowl Management area, near the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. Southeastern Utah is one of the few places on earth where a hunter can be permitted to hunt bighorn sheep.

Utah is a wonderful place for anglers. Although the trout streams in Utah are well-known, Utah is also a great place to fish for a number of other types of fish including walleye, lake trout, white bass, striped bass, large and smallmouth bass, perch, crappie and channel catfish. There are a great number of places to fish in Utah, too, including mountain streams, rivers, reservoirs, fisheries and even community lakes. In fact, there are literally hundreds of fishing waters in the Beehive State and the fishing is open year-round on the majority of them.

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