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Utah Book-Cliffs elk hunt

Good morning everyone, i drew the Book-cliffs bitter creek south unit for archery this year in Utah. I was hoping to gather some more information on the area if anyone has hunted this area for elk in the past. i have a couple of areas that i have been turned onto, but I would like to get more areas to scout before the hunt starts. I am going to the area this thursday(20th of June) to begin the scouting and put up some cameras. i will greatly appreciate any help that is given.

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If you have never been there

If you have never been there you will find out that the elk are everywhere you look out there.  As for where to look, start on Steer Ridge on the west end and end up at the Colorado border on the east end.  I saw two of the biggest bulls of my life on Tom Patterson Ridge in a logged off area and would say that both of them were well over 400 inches.  Once they saw us they dropped off into a wicked canyon that a person wouldn't want to go into. 

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Thanks critter for the information. i had heard about that ridge area once before and this confirms the observations. I will check it out for sure.

 

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One other thing is that I

One other thing is that I haven't been out there since the deer hunt in 2005 but the burn area on north side of 10 Mile Knolll should also be good.  I took a 343" 6x7 there in 2001 before the fire and it was holding elk after the burn in 2002.  There is a road that goes down Peterson Springs that you can ride a wheeler on that goes down the canyon. 

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Thanks for all the info. i scouted this weekend and like you said found elk in every canyon. stayed on the west side toward roadless areas this time. I was on peterson springs and around ten mile knoll it was loaded with elk. did not see any bulls however.

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I didn't find any on Steer Ridge

I covered Steer Ridge and Moon Ridge.  Peterson springs look good, but I can't find any bulls in there.  The only bulls I've been told about were seen on Monument Ridge and Indian Ridge.  There were some spikes and one rag horn seen near the top along Westwater point, but I'm not hearing any talk about mature bulls.   I will be hunting in November.  If you happen across any bulls in their summer range drop me a note.  The Book Cliff bulls are notorious for returning to their summer ranges after the rut.  I'll let you know of anything else we find.  There in there, we just haven't found them yet.

Good luck.