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unit 551

we are going on a hunt 2nd season in unit 551 up near MCLURE PASS
bout 9mile horse ride into camp round 10,000 feet just wondering if anyone can inform me on what to expect on hunters,elk population and weather of course any help would be appreciated

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You might want to get that straightened out. McClure Pass is over by 521 and 43, I think. Monarch Pass is alongside 551. There's plenty of elk in all of those units(roughly 5-6 elk / sq mile), fairly light pressure in all of them, high success in 521, lower success in 551, much better trophy potential in 551.

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ur right it is 521 not 551 thanks

any help on 521 is what im lookin for thanks exbiologist

ps what kinda bulls should I expect as I dont want to shoot the first thing I see but I also dont want my expectations to be to high and miss out on somthing I should have taken?

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I'd shoot the first bull I saw if I was hunting in 521. In the DAU that 521 is part of, 43% of the bulls were killed last year, and I don't recall offhand, but something like 40% were killed the year before. Spikes aren't legal and you're putting a heck of a lot of pressure on your bulls. So the chance of making it to age 3 isn't good. The chance of making it to four years old, assuming no natuaral mortality is just 18%. 7% to make it to age 5. And so on. You won't see a four year old bull, but you might see something better than a raghorn. If you see a skinny antlered 5x5 or 6x6, shoot him. If you see a raghorn, it's your call, but odds are against you doing any better than that.
If the damn server for my website wasn't down, I'd point you in that direction for more information along those lines.
So the good thing is, there are plenty of elk and very high success rates in 521. But, with high success comes added bull pressure. So low success rates aren't all bad, if there are elk in the area. One other thing about 521, the pressure isn't too bad. During second season, it's just under 3 hunters per square mile of public land, which is less than the state average at that time of year.

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