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Elk hunting in Kamas or South slope area of utah.

My son just turned 12 years old and passed his hunters education. For his birthday my wife bought him a general bull tag. I have been nuturing broken ribs and hopefully will be able to hunt in october. I have not been able to scout. We are looking at trying to hunt in the kamas unit or the South Slope Yellowstone unit. I have talked to some DWR people who have given very little advice. Any suggestions on areas in these units to try? Not looking for a record bull but it would be nice for him to at least see some elk and possibly get to shoot. A lady at the Ranger district said she has seen elk up near grandaddy lake but she added she does not hunt and has not been up there recently.

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Elk hunting in Kamas or South slope area of utah.

The South Slope Yellowstone area has a lot of Elk, But they can be very scattered, There is a lot of very rough country uphill from the end of the roads. With out any weather, they will still be high. I've been riding my horses into several of the lakes and have seen elk up near timberline in almost all the drainages.

I have a good friend who hunts the South slope in the Yellowstone area, and usually bags a bull 3 out of 4 years. They run a pretty good success rate. He would never invite me back if I told you where he goes. They have horses, pack in and hunt very hard.. I would suspect being your first year in the area, no scouting, tending to weak ribs and staying close to truck, your odds will be on the difficult side and just depend on how lucky you are..

But if you don't go out and hunt the odds are 100% against you. So go spend the week hunting. Take your fishing pole and catch a few fish while you are out. Learn the country. Maybe you will get lucky this year. Maybe next. But each year you will learn more about where and how to hunt elk.

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Elk hunting in Kamas or South slope area of utah.

Thanks for the information. Hopefully he gets lucky. We just love getting out there. Have you seen much in the Kamas unit?

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Elk hunting in Kamas or South slope area of utah.

You can access a lot area behind Kamas by going up Hoyt canyon ( directly east of Marion). I'm not sure how far you can drive up that road, it's been a few years since I 've ridden the horses up it. but the old two track goes way back into that country. You may have to park and hike or ride horses in.

There is some great looking country back in there.

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Elk hunting in Kamas or South slope area of utah.

If you are looking for somewhere close to the Wasatch Front that is not too rugged try anywhere along Hwy. 35 or Hwy. 150. Soapstone Basin and the areas near Wolf Creek Pass are fairly accessible. Whitney Reservoir area is also a possibility, but a longer drive. The hike in to Hoyt Peak is longish but easy = lots of pressure. Just be sure you are in your area (Any Bull and not private land.) You could try Big Ridge near Hanna, but it's big country and rugged unless you stay near the roads (with the 4-wheelers.) If you want good but far try the area between Vernal and Flaming Gorge.

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