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Book Cliffs shout out

If you have been scouting of elk in the Book Cliffs, Bitter Creek unit, you may have noticed a lack of mature bulls.  You are not the only one.  My group has tags for deer and elk from September through November.  We've seen some great deer (Steer Ridge, first cattle grate, look south, 30" +/- and inch).  There are lots of 24" inch bucks, with one hunter reporting 24 seen in a morning along the summit from Winter Ridge west to the roadless border.  But, only one hunter has seen a muture bull and it was 3/4 down the Monumnet Ridge road. 

In times like these I broaden my resources, so I called the DWR biologist.  His exact words, "I've been dreading this call".  He been looking in all the usual hot spots; Rat Hole, South Rat Hole, Monument, Chipeta, Winter, Moon, Steer, Westwater point, he's not having any luck.  His only guess is that the bulls may be summering low, he saw two in his headlights in the juniper belt around Indian Ridge.  He has not spent any time on McCook, so I may focus there next. 

No one is looking for GPS coordinates to your honey hole, beside that takes the fun out of it.  But, if you've notice them in a specific canyon or elevation, any help would be appreciated.  I know it may seem like a lot to ask, but with a 35 bull to 100 cow ratio, there are plenty of mature bulls for everyone.  Yes, it is that high- in fact the biologist thinks that's a low ball estimate. 

I'm excited for all the deer hunters.  Your hunts are looking great, Just don't shot the first 26" buck you see. 

If your hunting Wyoming unit 95 for antelope this fall, look east of Ringdahl Res., along the top of Cedar Mt.  My son and I saw some 15 inch bucks.  South of the northern most walk-in only area. 

Good Luck, and don't forget to go fishing!

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I haven't been out there this

I haven't been out there this year to check them out but you may have to think down into the canyons where there is water. But then it is always fairly dry out there but this year could be the exception. One spot that you might take a look at is Peterson Canyon just to the north of Ten Mile Knoll. There is a road that takes you down into the bottom and then you hike unless someone has repaired the road where the creek crosses.

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I agree

I spent the better part of a day and evening checking on the spring sources above Peterson.  There is (or was at the end of June) great water down in there.  I glassed it from the east and west and found a lot of cows from the very top all the way down to the bottom, but not one bull.  Granted, there were A LOT of cattle using the area.  Those bulls should be down in the bottoms of those steep cool canyons, but we're just not finding them.  I did find an extremely young calf elk, it must have been only a few weeks old.  Water shouldn't be too much of an issue this year, the range has been receiving afternoon rain.  If we have another winter like last year however, water could be at a premium for the wildlife/cattle. 

Thank you for replying Critter. 

 

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Another spot that you might

Another spot that you might check would be Tom Patterson Ridge off of Mc Cook Ridge.  Go out to the end of it to where they have logged it and take a hike to the edge where it drops off.  I have always seen bulls in that area.  Not to mention great deer. 

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Sorry I took so long to respond.  We have not done any searching on McCook or Tom Patterson.  I know the biologist was headed that way, I'll try and keep you informed.  I had surgery a few weeks ago and had to cancel my trip for last week.  I have it scheduled to be there on August 27-29, again I'll let you know what we find.  For my purposes it would be best if they are still in their summer hideouts and not off searching for cows.  For the archery hunters, I hope they are starting to rut. 

Thanks again!

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