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Muzzelloader Hunting in Monticello Utah

I am looking for an update for the Monticello/Blanding Utah area for Deer hunting. I am looking for suggestions on where to hunt this year. I get a deer each year but want to try new spots this year. Can anyone help me?

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Shane

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I like the Southwest Desert

I like the Southwest Desert or up on Manti.  What tag did you draw?  If it is for the same unit that you have been hunting I would stay where I have been hunting at and being successful.  The time to decide on a new area is before the draw happens. 

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thanks for your reply, I have

thanks for your reply, I have the Muzzleloader tag for monticello/blanging area. I love it down there. Its beautiful. usually great weather and plenty of deer. I am just looking for BIGGER deer.

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Your bigger bucks will stay

Your bigger bucks will stay up a lot higher, try hunting around the edge of the unit towards Elk Ridge/San Juan or head into the deep canyons of your unit. 

Years ago I used to hunt Elk Ridge when it was a general season deer unit and you could take two deer on one tag.  We found that the bigger bucks would head off of the top when there was a cold rain or snow storm early in the season but they would head towards the Indian ground to the south or down towards the Colorado River if they were on the north side.

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Great tip! I am going down a few days early to scout. I will look for good areas that way. Thank you very much! I have always wanted to hunt the east side of the highway but there is so much private property that I get frustrated pretty fast. Thanks Critter!

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Critter in your opinion, would all this rain push them off the tops and higher elevation areas?

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Quite possibly, it may of

Quite possibly, it may of just drove them into the deeper canyons. I know that when we used to hunt there we never hunted the top but the side canyons and always ended up with some nicer 4 points.

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Cool, so deep side canyons, south side of San Juan Elk Ridge....right?

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Welcome to the site.  It was

Welcome to the site.  It was 12 years ago when I hunted there, but we hunted up on Abajo Peak in the national forest there.  Pretty much drove up the road, found a pulloff in the aspens, and set up camp.  Tons of hunters, but I was there for rifle season.  I hear it's pretty decent for Muzzleloader.

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I will not ever hunt there during the rifle hunt. Way to many hunters. Orange in every bush. I got frustrated one year when I took my daughter on her first hunt, she had a nice buck in her site and a guy shot it right our from under her. And it was only 20yrds from us. He saw us and still shot it. He must have realy wanted that deer!!!

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I think that if I had a ML

I think that if I had a ML tag for that area I would hunt west of Abajo Peak or even into the wilderness areas that are withing the unit. No matter where you go you are going to have company since the ML elk hunt will also be going on.

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