One of the oldest traditions in civilization still attracts thousands of people to Utah for the thrill of the hunt.
The Top of Utah has no shortage of places to stage a long-weekend hunt. In the areas surrounding Ogden, the most popular places to hunt are to the east in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Big game hunters are on the lookout for mule deer, elk and moose. There are also hunts that are a bit more rare to be drawn for that include mountain goat, antelope, buffalo, even cougar and black bear.
Water fowl hunting is also popular in Utah, especially near the Great Salt Lake Shoreline, where hunters will search on rafts for duck and geese.
In the Weber area, much of the best hunting land is privately owned and hunters need written permission from the landowners to hunt, according to the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources.
However, several local outfitters actually take hunters to privately owned land and even begin their season earlier than the state.
"The elk population has exploded in Northern Utah. It's one of the more popular hunts we do," Fred John of Wasatch Outfitters said.
Deer hunting, while Utah's most popular hunt, has been dropping in Northern Utah, he said.
Other outfitters around the Weber area include White Peaks Hunting Ranch in Plain City.
While an outfitter is more expensive than buying a license to hunt on public land, they come with a lot of perks, such as a guaranteed kill.
"It's private land, so you won't be running into a lot of other hunters who might ruin your hunt," Mike Cole of White Peaks Hunting Ranch said.
One of their most popular hunts is buffalo, which customers don't need to draw for if they hunt on the private ranch.
The hunting industry is also a major contributor to Utah's economy. According to the National Shooting Sports Association, nearly 193,000 people hunt in Utah every year and spend $550 million.
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