When longtime Realtree Pro Staffer Brad Harris called me last summer and offered me an invitation to the prestigious Sand Creek Ranch in northern Utah, I jumped at the chance. While I've had the opportunity to draw coveted elk tags in New Mexico and Arizona, Utah was a state where I had longed to hunt bugling elk during the rut. The quality of elk in Utah is awesome but the chances of drawing an elk tag in this beautiful state are very slim.
However, Brad had some great news when he called. Harris is the land manager for OEI Properties based right here in Georgia (owned by the Adams family) and Doug Adams had Brad call me with the exciting news that I was given a landowner tag! By owning the 10,000-acre ranch, the Adams' are granted landowner tags that they can transfer to certain guests… and I was on the list.
I immediately asked Brad to join me on the hunt since he knew the area very well and, more importantly, he is an excellent elk hunter. Any time spent with Brad is rewarding for me.
I was taken aback by the sheer beauty of the ranch. Large, open grasslands give way to mountainous, timbered ridges that is home to moose, elk, mule deer, black bear, mountain lions and plenty of small game. Oh yeah, did I mention the spectacular trout fishing! What a place!
Currently, I'm trying to weasel my way into another opportunity to hunt elk there this fall. Maybe I haven't worn out my welcome. Hopefully this time next year you'll be enjoying another episode of "Realtree Outdoors" featuring rutting elk on the Sand Creek Ranch.
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