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Need advice on Utah late season cow elk hunt (Planteau Boulder)

My son got drawn for a late season (Nov.22 -Dec.12) cow elk tag in the Plateau Boulder (576) region of Utah.  We are new to hunting this area and was wondering if anybody could point out some areas where we could scout that normaly hold elk this time of the year?  

I was also wondering if Utah game wardens or biologist would be a good source for requesting this information? 

 

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Definatley contact the local

Definatley contact the local biologists and game wardens if your unsure about the area. Most of them that I have dealt with have been more than happy to provide information. I live in Utah but I have never hunted the area your talking about but a late season cow tag should be fairly easy to fill.

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Loa and Torrey

I harvested my first ever elk on this very hunt.  They congregate around all the farms in Loa and Torrey.  The farmers then chase them out of the fields come daylight.  Find public ground that is close to those alphalpha fields and you will eventually find them.  We spent time looking everywhere until we hit the diner in Loa for lunch on day 3 and the waitress gave us this tip.  We had 2 cows down within 4 hours.

Good luck and don't forget to come back and tell us how it went.

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Thanks for the tip.  I was

Thanks for the tip. 

I was looking at the hunting boundaries for the plateau boulder hunt and Loa and Torrey look to be right on the north edge with little area to hunt to the north.  What was the temperatures like during the mornings and day?

 

 

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They can be anywhere from

They can be anywhere from real cold to nice and warm at that time of year.  I agree that you need to check out some of the farms and talk to the owners.  Or there are a lot of roads around there that may put you into the elk on the edges of the farms.  If the snows haven't driven them down you may have to head up into the timber towards Fish Lake or to the south along the Great Western Trail.  I have seen elk in all those areas later in the year.

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Fishlake will be out of your

Fishlake will be out of your boundries. It has it's own boundry (Fishlake Plateau) but if the snow falls early I don't think that the Elk will come off of Fishlake all the way to your area. I stated earlier that I have never hunted this area but actually I did hunt Antelope down there years ago. If you head South out of Loa and get into the mountains you might catch them moving along the prairie border. We saw quite a few Elk when we were down there. I wouldn't count on too much snow being on the ground but plan on it being pretty cold in that area in December.

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That's what I get going by

That's what I get going by memory and not a map.  But then I haven't looked at Utah's anterless tags in a long time.

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Critter, you were right if it

Critter, you were right if it was a general tag but the cow tag falls under limited entry. You can get full credit though...lol. Your memory isn't all that bad.laugh

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Another Year

Just wanted to update the results of last year's hunt.  We took our motorhome and and the temperature got down to -13 degrees one night with lots of snow.  It was very cold and all the water lines froze in the motor home making it difficult to enjoy our evenings.  My boy did not get an elk, but we had a great time looking.  We did see some very nice bulls bunched togather on private property a few mornings.  We are going to try it again this year, but this time we plan to get a room or a small cabin.  We talked to some hunters last year that found small cabins for about $50 a night.  I am interested if anybody know where these cabins might be and how to get in contact with them to make reservations.  I was hoping to do my research early so I could find the most economical room/cabin.

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