UTAH

Deer Forecast 2003

Outdoor Life Online Editor

This year's mule deer kill is expected to be similar to last year's 21,000. The northeast has good deer populations and hunter success. The south slopes of the Unita Mountains, particularly The Current Creek and Strawberry Reservoir areas, should be productive. The southwestern corner has good access on public land, a reasonable success rate and mature bucks. For a trophy, set your sights on the difficult-to-draw Book Cliffs, Paunsaugunt or Elk Ridge areas. While antlerless permits have been reduced, some are available. Contact: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (801-538-4700; www.wildlife.utah.gov).