Hunting the Trophy Wapiti of Utah

By Michael Deming The wapiti, which is a Shawnee name and means white rump deer, has been the state animal in Utah since 1971.  It inhabits the majority of mountains ranges in Utah with a great population which is estimated to be nearing 70,000.  This is a major feat considering that in 1898, the state was totally closed to elk hunting due to the overharvest of animals.  This precious resource was restocked from the Yellowstone herd from 1912 to 1925 and has grown dramatically.  In the 1970s and 1980s the population had grown to the point that animals were...

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