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help for Utah elk hunting

Hi everyone, I'm new to this site and am interested in elk hunting in Utah this fall-rifle or muzzleloader. I would like some info on where to hunt-preferably in the northern part of the state. Public land/DIY is what I am looking for. I am just starting my research and plan on looking in the usual places- National forest, BLM, etc. Just hoping someone could cut down on reinventing the wheel! Thanks in advance. By the way, I have really enjoyed some of the past topics! Good discussions!

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I don't know for sure but I think you need to have your application in by Jan. 31st. Better get on it!

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Were you looking for a general season or limited entry tag? If you just want a general season tag you've got till fall to buy your tag. They don't even go on sale till July. If you're doing limited entry then the app deadline is Jan 31st.

General season hunts are usually pretty good up in the Uinta's. Lots of elk up there but there is a lot of country up there too and a lot of pressure. Sucess rates are around 17% for rifle.

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I am looking to do a general season hunt. Of course I would love to bag a nice elk, but since I have no experience on elk (I have hunted whitetails in Northern WI and MN for the past 20 years) I am really just looking to see some animals get some good experience and have a good time in the mountains. I would like to go where there is a little less pressure since I dislike crowds, even if it means not seeing as many elk. Thanks for the help so far!

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Were you planning on hunting from a campground or trailer? Are you wanting or willing to pack in a little either by horse or by foot? If you are, how far? Are you used to high elevations? I know some places you can go to avoid crowds and you've got a good chance of seeing elk but its at a very high elevation (10,000+ ft) and you gotta hike or ride a ways.

[ This Message was edited by: rather_be_huntin on 2004-01-20 13:21 ]

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I am willing to pack in a ways. I would like to try horses but don't have any real experience with them. I am a wildland firefighter so hiking with a pack and climbing in the mountains is not a problem. I would be willing to hike as far as I need to. I guess I'm thinking mostly about having to pack out an animal if I shot one. I've heard it takes a few trips! It definitely sounds like something I would enjoy! Thanks again for the help

[ This Message was edited by: stillhunter on 2004-01-21 09:04 ]

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If you plan on doing it by foot, you may want to consider bringing a friend. Packing game out can be done by yourself, but company is better, imo.

If you go it alone, DonMillion mentioned what he uses for packs here

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Thats good info about the pack. I might be going with another guy but most likely will be alone. I like it that way! It may be more work but I'm used to that.

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stillhunter wrote:
Thats good info about the pack. I might be going with another guy but most likely will be alone. I like it that way! It may be more work but I'm used to that.

I planned on going up this fall on a general rifle tag for the North Eastern-Daggett County area. You interested in traveling together?
Bitmasher, do have any info on a good place to get away from the crowds and be in the Elk?

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Never hunted on the Utah side but have been in that area a few times.

Although, its hard to image anything being crowded, since it is limited hunting on all three sides of the tri-state area. (Unit 201 on the CO side is considered a "trophy unit"). If it were me I'd try to get close to the CO/WY border and perhaps work the green river basin area as well, although not all of this is national forest as you probably already know.

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