Unit 22 cow elk tags increased.
#1 Are there that many elk in there during the third season to grab a cow tag on a deer hunt?
#2 Is this because they want to thin out the heard or are they trying to get the bull to cow ratio closer?
Utah gives out a lot of cow tags. These are mainly to keep the elk herds with in the numbers they expect the area can support.
They usually don't announce how many cow tags until they do the spring counts and see how many survived the winter.
I don't know how late of a season you are talking about. But the state often gives cow tags into November and December. They want the hunters to harvest X number of cows when they are easier to find and easier to harvest.
Since Mature bull tags are so hard to draw, we usually aways put in for cow tags. And we draw about every other year. We apply for October tags, so we can hunt for a nice 4 point buck or shoot a cow elk for the meat. It's a great confidence builder for young people to harvest a nice cow. And it never hurts to fill the freezer.
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