The Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the most rewarding hunting areas in the state for deer, elk, and moose. Antelope are found east of Randolph in the Crawford Mountains. Upland game birds and rabbits are plentiful throughout the region. Waterfowl congregate along the Bear River. Deer, elk, pheasants, ducks, geese, swans, sage grouse, forest grouse, chukkar partridges, and mourning doves await the hunter in the mountains east of Ogden. For rarer game there is a drawing every February for once-in-a-lifetime permits for buffalo, desert bighorn sheep, moose, and Rocky Mountain goats.
The mountains east of Salt Lake Valley are prime deer hunting country in October. Contact the Division of Wildlife Resources for permit information and special area restrictions.
Mule deer and elk are abundant throughout the state's mountainous areas and National Forests. A fairly large population of moose reside on the north slope of the Uinta Mountains. Diamond Mountain northeast of Vernal, and the Book Cliffs, south of SR 45 near the Colorado border, are also popular for hunting big game. This region has excellent antelope hunting, particularly in the area east of Flaming Gorge. Uintah County near Vernal, is one of Utah's best hunting grounds for pheasants and sage grouse. Forest grouse are plentiful in the Uintas.