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Idaho Hunter Pays $305,000 to Hunt Deer on Utah's Antelope Island

An Idaho hunter recently paid a hefty sum to hunt a buck mule deer on Utah's Antelope Island.

Hunter Dennis Austad of Idaho paid $305,000 during the recent Western Hunting and Conservation expo for a permit to hunt a buck mule deer on Anetlope Island near Salt Lake City, Utah. The Salt Lake City Tribune reported that this was the third time Austad has been the highest bidder for the permit. In the last three years, he's paid $865,000 to hunt three buck mule deer on Antelope Island. In his lifetime, Austad's spent more than $2 million on hunting permits in the state.

In 2008, Austad paid $150,000 for a hunting permit to kill a Utah Rocky Mountain elk, which became a world record for Boone and Crockett Club. The rack of that trophy elk measured 478 5/8 inches.

Austad with his world record elk. Image: Boone and Crockett Club

The guide that took him on that trip said that Austad spends large amounts of money on hunting permits so that the money can go towards wildlife conservation projects. 90 percent of the money from the high-priced Antelope Island permit goes back to conservation projects on the island.

RELATED: In January, a hunter paid $350,000 for a permit to hunt an endangered Black Rhino in the African country of Namibia. 

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Idaho Hunter Pays $305,000 to Hunt Deer on Utah's Antelope Island