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Uinta National Forest
(801) 342-5100
88 West 100 North
Provo, UT
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Biking; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Off Highway Vehicle; Picnicking; Visitor Center; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Stateline Reservoir
(801) 379-1071
302 East 1860 South
Provo, UT
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Picnicking

Play It Again Sports
(801) 226-0909
894 N State St
Orem, UT
 
Backyard Adventures
(801) 226-2267
1327 N State St
Orem, UT
 
Park'S Sportsman
(801) 717-2959
644 N State St
Orem, UT
 
Fontenelle Reservoir
(801) 379-1000
302 East 1860 South
Provo, UT
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Sports Authority
(801) 225-9500
University Mall, 634 E. University Parkway
Orem, UT
Services
Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Rentals & Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Firearms/Hunting, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: Closed
Holiday hours may vary.

Cascade Golf Center
(801) 225-3570
1313 East 800 North
Orem, UT
 
Hansen Mountaineering
(801) 226-7498
1799 N State St
Orem, UT
 
Majestic Waters
1690 N State St
Orem, UT

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Pronghorn: The Perfect Beginners' Big Game Animal

Imagine you were given the assignment of designing a perfect big game hunt for novice hunters. Your objective would be to make the hunt fun and exciting so the new hunter would come away with a lifelong love of hunting and the outdoors. It would be great if the hunt had some exotic appeal, something a little out of the ordinary so the new hunter wants to keep coming back for more. A high probability of success would be essential. No matter their age, beginning hunters don't want to wait several years to harvest an animal.

You'd probably want to eliminate most late season hunts. Dragging beginning hunters out into cold, wet, or snowy weather in pursuit of any animal carries high risk of disappointment. When someone is soaked and freezing it is hard to appreciate that it is the peak of the rut and you are holding out for a whopper.

Stand hunting probably isn't a great choice, unless it is an area crawling with game. Few things are more boring that sitting for hours, hoping that an animal will appear. That's especially true if you stick a first-time hunter alone in a tree stand and tell him you'll be back to pick him up in three or four hours. If an animal doesn't appear in the first few minutes, those hours are going to seem to take an eternity.

Forget about a wilderness hunt or one where you must backpack or camp in a tent. For someone not experienced in the outdoors, camping by itself can be stressful and frightening. I have a friend who introduced his brother to hunting by taking him on a backcountry elk hunt on horses. It snowed four feet the first night and the younger brother was convinced they would never make it out alive. In five days they did not see an elk and the brother has never gone on another hunt.

Chances are, no matter what criteria you defined for this perfect beginners' big game hunt, pronghorn antelope would rise to the top of the list.

The only real drawback of hunting pronghorns is that they are limited to the western third of the United States. But they still range over many states and populations have increased to the point that they are a nuisance in many areas.

Here are some of the factors, traits and behaviors that make pronghorn antelope a great choice as a first big game animal for beginning hunters:

Highly visible - Pronghorns prefer open country so they can see any approaching danger a long ways off. This also makes it possible for hunters to see them from long distances. Unlike other animals whose coloration blends in with the surroundings, pronghorns have a white rump patch that tends to stand out like a pimple on a prom date.

In wide open country even hunters with minimal experience in spotting game have little trouble picking out herds of antelope. My two-year-old granddaughter came along on an early fall ranch hunt for pronghorns this year. She had no trouble spotting them in the alfalfa fields several hundred yards away.

Spot and stalk - The fact that they are easy to see means the best huntin...

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Utah Hunting Regulations

Age Requirement:

Requires any person under the age of 14 be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older while hunting with any weapon.

Education Requirement:

A person born after December 31, 1965, may not purchase a hunting license or permit unless proof is presented to the Division or one of its authorized wildlife license agents that the person has passed a Division-approved hunter education course offered by a state, province or country.

Bow Education Required:

Orange Required: