Paradise offers fishing and hunting plus luxury
November 11, 2008 | PARADISE -- Nestled in the hills
of southern Cache Valley lies one of the best hunting
experiences in the west, Sportsman's Paradise. This
company offers guided fly fishing, upland game hunting,
and big game hunting opportunities with lodging, airport
shuttle, and meals included.
Often a person on holiday will stay with the lodge
for a big-game hunting experience only to find themselves
fishing in their afternoons. "The nice thing is
you can come here and do everything. They [the customers]
don't have to leave for everything," said Sean Kohlmeyer,
who has worked for the company for six years and is
now a manager.
Where the big game hunts are purchased individually
and are seven day guided events, a customer, corporation,
or a family can purchase a club membership for upland
game so they are able to hunt for the duration of the
lodge's season. Fly fishing is open year round while
upland game and big game have shorter seasons. The hunts
offered are private and exclusive guaranteeing personal
time with guests.
"We are extremely busy," Kohlmeyer said. The company
has no trouble finding business and has hosted celebrities
like Jack Nicklaus, Karl Malone, and Johnny Miller.
The majority of their business comes from Salt Lake
City, Ogden area, and out of state hunters. They do
retain some local business as well though.
Sportsman lodges have become increasingly popular
with every year. They offer an opportunity for recreational
hunters to have a successful and enjoyable hunt without
the extensive hours of tracking and preparation required
as game begins to deplete. The Sportsman's Paradise
raises its own fish and upland game. They have created
a natural environment for the game to be raised in so
the hunt is good sport and the birds react as wild birds
would. Even more hunters that enjoyed a traditional
hunt have started to see value in these lodges.
"I enjoy hunting and the sport, but the older I get
the hard it gets to scout enough. It usually requires
hours of scouting weeks in order to have a successful
hunt," said Grant Arthur Barney, an Illinois native
who plans on visiting this lodge or one in Payson this
This lodge and lodges around the country, provide
lodging. This is an added benefit. As age wears on a
person the idea of sleeping in a tent on the ground
is enough to hurt the joints just from the thought.
In addition to lodging hot meals are provided and satisfy
hunger much better than canned peaches. For the corporate,
busy, or weathered hunter lodges like this provide all
of the luxuries while enabling the sport of the hunt
to still continue. While costly lodges provide an entire
weeks holiday, and the cost is well worth the hunt for
a certain sector of people.