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Henry Mnt Management Deer

Got the call yesterday and some turned in the tag and my name was next, hard to believe. No big secret that this is a great tag, just looking for anyone willing to share their experiences down there during rifle season,  Thanks should be fun passing on 200" deer looking for a three point. Would not trade it though.

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What do you want to know? 

What do you want to know?  That is a great area to hunt deer and trying to find that 3x4 or 3x5 or other 3 pointer should be a lot of fun.  There was a large fire that went through there in 2003 and took out a lot of timber on Mt. Hillers and Pennel and opened up a lot of country that the bucks like.  Mt Ellens on the north side is still covered in a lot of timber.  The bucks down there like to stay up high and lay in the tall grass watching the nimrods drive around in their 4 wheel drive trucks.  A good area to check out would be around the "Horn" which is on the north side of Pennel a lot of it is open country after the fire and the deer love it.  When a hunter that I was with was down there during the bison hunt in 08 we saw numerous nice deer above Coyote Benches on the east side of Pennel and could glass up on the hill in the late afternoon to see the monsters up on the side hill. 

So the big question is have you ever been down there to check things out? 

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That's a pretty cool hunt!  I

That's a pretty cool hunt!  I don't know what i would do seeing a 200" deer in the first place, let alone NOT being able to shoot it... lol

Having to wait for a 3 point?  Interesting.  Does it have to be an uneven rack (3x4, 3x5) or can it be a 3x3?

Congrats on the tag!

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It has to have 3 points or

It has to have 3 points or less on one antler not counting the brow tine. 

When I hunted that area back in the mid 80's I took a 32" 3x3.  All I can say is that there are some good deer genes down there and the DOW wants to weed out some of the odd ball bucks to let the big boys have the fun. 

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Okay, I get it.  So,

Okay, I get it.  So, theoretically, someone could shoot a young 3x3 if they wanted, correct?  I could see the genetically inferior 3 point that is 5 years old being good to get out of the gene pool, but a young 3x3 could still grow, I would think.

Guess it's about being selective.

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I found  out that I know a

I found  out that I know a hunter that is down there right now on a archery hunt.  He told me that there a a lot of management bucks running around on the hills. 

Here are a couple of picutres of what to expect for a 3x4 management buck.  Remember that these are the kind of deer that the hunters are passing up hoping for that nice 4x4.

 

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So, let me get this

So, let me get this straight... That is a "Management" deer?????? eek

Man, I'd like to help "manage" that herd..... lol

That's a heck of a tag to get, I guess.....

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Yes that is a management

Yes that is a management buck. 

Just a little bit of history on this unit.  In the 60's, 70's, and 80's the regulations were that the buck had to be a 4 pt or better.  Then they drooped it to 3 pt or better and then in 92 I believe they drooped all the regulations on the unit and any buck was game.  This became a turkey shoot and in 96 they closed the unit to all deer hunting.  They reopened it in 2000 or 2001 and are managing it as a "trophy" unit.  The deer in this unit are some of the largest that you will find in the western US and drawing a tag reflects it.  It is not uncommon for a number of 200 pt bucks to be taken off of the unit every year but if you plan on putting in for the trophy hunt plan on waiting at least 15+ years for a rifle tag, archery is a little bit easier but not much. 

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Cool history lesson. Is the

Cool history lesson. Is the waiting list that long for the management hunt also???

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They have only been doing the

They have only been doing the management hunt for a couple of years now so the wait shouldn't be too long but it will grow with point creep as more hunters put in for it.

 

 

I just went and looked at the bonus points/odds report for the hunt this year and the 3 non-resident hunters that drew this tag had  5, 11, and 15 points.  But with Utah's system you can draw with 0.  You just need to put in to try. 

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Thanks for the info.  I

Thanks for the info.  I absolutely loved my hunt in Utah when I went there, but it's been 10 years.

The toughest thing is to prioritize, and figure out what states draw when.  That way, if I don't get one, I can fall back on the other.  Tough to tell.  At least I have about 6 month until all the draws start again.

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