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just my luck.  no new snow so

just my luck.  no new snow so no tracking the cats to let the dogs out.  no hunt.  it is now postponed until january.  oh well.

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Bummer Kevin.  But, with the

Bummer Kevin.  But, with the holidays, this month will go quickly.  It'll be January before you know it.  I have a hog hunt in February that seems like a lifetime away, but it's only 8 weeks.

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The time always goes by

The time always goes by quickly and there should be plenty of snow by then. I have 11 weeks till I head off to Texas for aoudad.

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Well at least you still can

Well at least you still can hunt and bagging a cat in Jan would be a great start to the new year. Hope your next post is one with a photo of you holding a big cat.

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well the hunt finally took

well the hunt finally took place.  utah had a good snow of 4-6 inches several days before i arrived.  i had a 6 day hunt, using hounds.  since i did not have a draw tag, just an over the counter, i did not get to hunt a premier unit.  my unit included springville, provo, and american fork canyons (for those who know the area).  we drove every day looking for tracks and seldom found any fresh ones.  the dogs were loosed once, and fizzled when a police helicopter started buzzing the area they were running through.  we hunted hard, but ultimately were unsuccessful.  so i hunted a week in texas without seeing anything, then i hunted a week in utah without seeing anything (is this getting to be a pattern?)  i hope my bear hunt in may is a lot more productive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Help!

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Kevin, Sorry to hear you did

Kevin, Sorry to hear you did not bag a cat but at least you got out. Not sure how the tags work in Utah but in Colorado you buy a tag and go. Only thing to do is call the evening before you hunt to make sure the unit has not hit its quota and is closed. Hope your luck changes for the spring bear hunt. My hunt starts in 104 days but who is counting.  

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When you were hunting in Utah

When you were hunting in Utah you said that you were up in the Provo Canyon area, was that up on Mt. Timpanogos or on the other side of the road up the Squaw Pk trail.  I do know that there are quite a few cats on Timp.  A friend of mine kicked one out of a bunch of brush one day while he was running up there last month.  The big problem was that there wasn't that much snow.  I also know that up above Springville in Hobble Ck Canyon there usually are quite a few cats but the usually hang around the private property that is all over the place up there.  Then again this screwy snow year hasn't push the deer and elk down into the low country like it usually does by January.  One of the better places for cats in that whole area is up Spanish Fk Canyon in the cedars and pinions.  When I used to hunt that area all the time I always ran into cats. 

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my understanding from the

my understanding from the outfitter is that the south end of the unit was hobble creek road and northward, so we could not go further south.  the north end of the unit was over the ridge north of the road up american fork canyon into the next valley over (with no road into it available to the public) and if you know that canyon, trying to climb a near 80 degree slope after a lion would be very difficult for a flatlander like me.  the east end of the unit seemed to be a bunch of ridge lines past the end of the roads and not very accessible.  spanish fork canyon was out of the unit unfortunately. we went a lot and just did not luck out.  i will say that the 1 degree temperature on saturday morning sure made the 70 deegrees back home in texas seem down right tropical on my arrival.  the outfitter gave me some better units to chose from if i can get a draw permit in the future.  maybe i will try another state next time, like LA county. In love

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You had a fairly good unit

You had a fairly good unit and I have hunted a lot of that area for deer back in the early 70's and even then those slopes were mighty steep.  I did shoot one of my largest bucks up on Timp but that was back when I was in high school in the late 60's and going up those hills didn't bother me that much. 

If you look at Utah again for a cat hunt take a look at the Book Cliffs and Monroe Mountain there are a lot of cats in both places.  Also from what I have heard the Vernon area is also good for cats right now. 

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Kevin,

 

Sorry to hear about not punching your tag, conditions have been tough this year at times. Utah is home to some great outfitters and tremendously good guides.  I do not know who your outfitter was, but if the guide doesn’t cut a track on the road, they should go hike a canyon and do their best to create an opportunity for the client.  Do not get me wrong -I love driving up a canyon and finding a good Tom track in the snow and dumping on it.  Yes, the Wasatch has lions on it and yes, it is steep -but I get tired of outfitters making excuses when the biggest problem is they get too lazy to get out of the truck and try and make things happen. I hear stories like this and see it happen all the time.  The outfitter says anything they can to get a person booked, then the hard-earned money exchanges hands and the  hunter shows up (conditions are not always perfect -old snow, dirt, wind, rain, non-stop snow, ice, etc) but instead of getting out of the truck or off the sled and hiking a canyon to get one going they just make excuses.  If it snowed a few days before your arrival and all the guide could find was old tracks your guide should have grabbed a couple dogs and walked them out.  Maybe they did?  I know it is hunting and everyone is not going to be successful but I like to see guides try a little.   There are some OTC units in this state that will rival most of our LE units; you just have to work a little harder at times.  Hopefully they will try and make it right with you and you can punch that tag.  I did not write this post to start a fight or puff my chest, but I hate seeing a person come back from an unsuccessful hunt with the reason being “bad conditions” and/or “helicopters started buzzing.”  I just hope that your guide really gave 110% with your week of hunting, and if so – awesome. 

 

Good luck on your bear hunt,

 

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