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Season Dates
Spike HuntOct. 6-18
Cow HuntOct. 6-18
Hunting Unit
Spike - General SeasonState Wide
Cow - Book CliffsLittle Creek
Cow - Wasatch MountainsAvintaquin
Utah Tag Pricing
Spike - Non Resident$388.00
Spike - Resident$45.00
Cow - Non Resident$213.00
Cow - Resident$45.00
Utah Hunting License
Non Resident$60.00
Resident$45.00
Guided Hunt
7 Day Spike Elk Hunt$2500.00
Add 7 Day Cow Elk Hunt$500.00
Utah Big Game Hunting

General Information

Please keep in mind that the application period for big game hunting for Mule Deer Bucks and Bull Elk in Utah, usually starts around February 1st and you must apply online or by phone and the application period runs for approximately 30 days. Don’t miss out in getting your Utah big game Elk, Deer, Moose, Antelope and Mountain Goat hunt application filed on time.

We also offer drop camps  and pick ups on most of these Utah Elk and Mule Deer hunts if you would rather not hunt with a guide. See drop camps page for information on  DIY Elk and Mule Deer hunting in Utah. Also we do drop camps and pick ups on the South Slope of the Uinta Mountains unit. This is a Utah open Bull Elk hunt and  tags usually go on sale over the counter in May some time. We can tailor your Utah hunts and trips any way you want.

Contact us today in order to secure dates and get applications in on time for your Utah Mule Deer, Elk, Moose, Antelope and Mountain Goat Hunts.

If you have any questions or concerns about hunting in Utah please don't hesitate to contact us we will be happy to help you and guide you through the process.

Guided Hunts
If you are interested in a guided hunt you can get all the information you will need to plan a quality guided hunt from our Guided Hunts page. Whether you are hunting Utah Elk, Mule Deer, Moose, Antelope or Mountain Goat, we have a guided hunting adventure just for you.

Drop Camps
If you are a DIY hunter interested in a drop camp you can get all the information you will need to plan a quality DIY  hunt from our Drop Camps page. Whether you are hunting Utah Elk, Mule Deer, Moose, Antelope or Mountain Goat, we have a drop camp or DIY hunting adventure just for you.

License and Tag Information
If you have questions about hunting licenses and tags visit our Hunting License and Tag Information page. We have provided you with all the information you should need for securing your Utah hunting license and tags.

Hunt Schedule
We keep the Utah Hunt Schedule page current so you can see what Utah hunts are still available to help you plan your hunting adventure with Flying J Outfitters.

Book A Hunt
The Book A Utah Hunt page has all the information you will need to help you book your Utah hunt with Flying J Outfitters.

What To Bring
Many of you have not visited the Uintah Mountains of Northeastern Utah or Utah's Book Cliff's road-less area so we have compiled a list of suggested items to bring.   This list should help make your Utah hunting adventure a memorable one.

What We Provide
Our what we provide page details what Flying J Outfitters will provide for you during your guided Utah hunting adventure.

Pricing
Our hunting pricing page contains all the information you should need to help you plan and budget for your Utah hunting adventure.

Spike & Cow Elk Hunts

Utah Spike Elk Hunt and Utah Cow Elk Hunt, Utah Elk Hunts Utah is in the “good old days” of elk hunting right now. The Utah Division of Fish and Game has managed for true trophy quality elk hunting.Utah Cow Elk Hunt and Utah Spike Elk Hunt, Utah Elk Hunts We are lucky enough to be licensed to guide in a couple of those very special areas like the Wasatch Mountains Limited Entry Area and Book Cliffs Limited Entry Area. We hunt the areas that are only accessible by foot or horseback and because of the way they have been managed, the possibility of seeing mature bulls makes it fun to hunt the areas even if you can’t harvest one. Sometimes just seeing these trophies makes your heart beat a little faster. That is why we offer spike and or cow elk hunts for the same areas we hunt trophy elk. This spike only hunt is truly a very unique experience. If you choose to hunt the spike the tags are over the counter and you can put in for Cows. If you draw your cow tag you can hunt these two simultaneously.

Utah cow elk hunting tags are issued through a drawing process and the draw usually takes place around May of each year. If a cow hunt is what you are looking for specifically please contact us and we can help you with the application process. If you are researching cow elk hunts, what draws you to them? Are you looking for a “meat” hunt? An economical hunt? A high odds of success hunt? A family hunt? Either way you may want to look into the spike elk hunt and then add a cow tag if you are lucky enough to draw. If purchased early enough spike tags are readily available over the counter.

Utah Limited Entry Elk Hunts, Utah Cow Elk Hunt and Utah Spike Elk HuntWe will meet you at the trailhead and your hunt begins with about a one and a half hour horse ride into camp which puts you right in the middle of some of Utah’s best elk hunting country. Our camp consists of wall tents with cots and foam pads and wood stoves - because the nights can get chilly. Depending on weather and game movement we should be able to locate several elk and often times several herds of elk, but you have to be careful here because odds are very good you will see several trophy class bulls, but you will just be able to photograph them or simply enjoy seeing them as we will be hunting cows or spikes depending on the tag in your pocket.Utah Elk Hunts, Utah Spike Elk Hunt and Utah Cow Elk Hunt

Hunts are conducted either on foot or horseback depending on where we are headed that day. It is very rare to see anyone else during these particular hunts.

Your hunt includes packing in and packing out of camp, field care of your elk and packing to your vehicle at the trailhead, hearty meals and 2-on-1 guiding. Hunt does not include personal gear, taxidermy or gratuities.

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Reasons for a Spike Elk Hunt

Why on earth would anyone want to pay to go on a “spike only” elk hunt?
“Trophy” hunters may wonder to themselves…possibly out loud, why on earth would anyone pay to go on a spike only elk hunt? Well, as one who has been blessed to be raised out west chasing elk for the past 32 years, I feel reasonably qualified to answer that question and offer below 10 of my reasons one may be willing to not only hunt, but pay an outfitter for a spike only elk hunt.

10 Reasons you would want to spend money on a Spike Only Elk Hunt

  1. Opportunity – In my mind, the term “sportsman” or “hunter” applies to that someone who wants to hunt. He…or she does not want to “wait for the results of the draw” or apply in several states to see if they are “lucky enough” to be able to hunt. These sportsmen just want the opportunity to be out in the woods with their friends and family enjoying all the benefits that a week in the elk woods offer
  2. To See Lots and Lots of Elk – Where we guide, you will see more elk in a week than you may see in a lifetime hunting general season “any bull” areas.
  3. Education – By seeing lots of elk in a brief time and seeing mature bulls interacting with cows during the rut, this allows you the opportunity to see elk behavior and witness elk vocalization first hand. This type of education is not always available during general season hunts. Usually in general season units, once a bull shows itself that is when the shooting begins.
  4. Education – Some hunters are new to the game or have tried a few times and “didn’t even see an elk”…that is a story we hear more often than not. It gives a neophyte to the sport of elk hunting a chance to learn directly from guides who have many years’ elk hunting experience. Even if you end up with one of our younger guides, he or she has probably spent many a fall in the elk woods chasing the elusive wapiti and has been taught first hand by parents and/or grandparents the finer art of elk hunting, and he or she is more than happy to share that knowledge with you.
  5. Scouting Opportunity – We hunt an area for spikes that may take upwards of 15 years to draw for a big bull tag, and maybe you are getting close and would like to give a “once over” to the area in which you are applying. You will hunt the same country on the same stock, stay in the same camp and sleep in the same tents we use for our “trophy hunts” for almost half the price. You will be able to see the area and quality of bulls in the area, and from that you will be able to make a more educated decision about whether you want to continue (maybe use one of these: to register, to petition, to apply) for this area. Even if you decide to use us for the time, you will finally see that letter in the mail that says “successful for hunt number XXX.”
  6. Organic Meat – That’s right. In my opinion, you can’t get more “organic” than wild game. Its health benefits have been made abundantly clear and again in my opinion, there is nothing finer than a nice elk steak…with some wild asparagus and home grown squash of course.
  7. Practice – This is a lot like the education element, except now you have read the books, listened to the tapes, bought the T-shirt, and now you want to go out and practice. We are happy to oblige. If you see a big bull and want to do your best to call it in, have at ‘er. If you “screw up the set-up,” you haven’t lost a thing and have gained some valuable experience to apply to the next bull. You may even be able to discuss with your guide what you might have done differently or better.
  8. Experience – You have always wanted to experience elk hunting the way elk hunting should be done…packed in on mules and horses, staying in wall tents and hunting while the elk are bugling! Those are the only kind of hunts we offer here in Utah (Idaho???). Horseback, pack-in elk hunts.
  9. Economical Elk Hunting Experience – Again you have always wanted that pack-in elk hunting experience, but could not or would not shell out 4 thousand, 5 thousand and in some places even more to hunt and learn about western elk hunting. Our spike only elk hunts are possibly some of the most affordable elk hunts in the west. Especially when you look at the length of time and the fact that it is a full blown western pack-in elk hunt.
  10. Youth Opportunity – You want to expose a youth hunter to the joys of hunting bugling bull elk…but want to be able to afford the journey. We are outfitters and guides because someone in our past shared their love of hunting elk with us. We love to share the woods with youth hunters too, but “life” require us to charge. For the price of an “average” western pack-in elk hunting experience, you can take you and a youth on a quality pack-in elk hunt and share the woods with a youth who may become as addicted to the sound of a bugling bull as you are!

These “reasons” are not all inclusive and maybe you can come up with a few of your own, either way I genuinely hope it has at least caused you to pause and consider the value of a hunting spike only elk hunts if nothing else, when there are no other hunts available.