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utah cow elk hunt

Hi, new here. Next year will hopefully be my first of many hunting trips. I planning on a self guided cow elk hunt in utah. I live in southern cal. and am somewhat familiar with the mountains around utah and spends lots of vacation time up there with relatives that live there. Not of whom hunt. I'll be hunting with a 30-06. What areas should I apply for? Where should I start? I feel really lost with all of this and any help is very appreciated.

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Location: Oak city, Utah
Joined: 12/14/2008
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utah cow elk hunt

All cow hunts are late season hunts. The weather is a big factor in these hunts. Any premium limited entry bull unit is a good unit to apply for a cow tag. Call the wildlife biologest that works in the area you deside to apply for he can tell you some good areas to check out.

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utah cow elk hunt

does anybody know what units are good to check out? also what are the odds of drawing a cow tag in utah? I seen a bunch down in the spanish fork area, but the only things ive seen in the cottonwood canyons are moose and mule deer. I've also seen a few elk out near wallsburg. I'm not after antlers, right now what i want is the meat so maybe im beter off trying to get a spike bull? not sure, pretty new to all of this. THANKS

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Location: Oak city, Utah
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utah cow elk hunt

Sounds like you should put in for the northern unit. Put in for Monroe you might see spider bull junior their..haha. You can find out odds on the Utah division of wildlife page.

Location: Richfield, Utah
Joined: 11/26/2008
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utah cow elk hunt

I would put in for a late season cow hunt and also come to Utah on a DIY archery elk hunt. You can shoot a spike or a cow on the archery elk on most units. The archery hunt is nearly a month. Then you could buy a archery mule deer tag as well and have a great hunt. Godd luck in 2009.

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utah cow elk hunt

Let's define why we have cow elk hunts. It's to control the poulation. If the Fish & Game is offering cow tags, it's because they have excess animals on that unit. I suspect that means it's a good area to hunt if they have excess animals.

Cow tags are available for several dates. Some coincide with the general season elk hunt. You could purchase both a Spike and a Cow tag and shot which ever runs in front of you or both if you were lucky.

But most cow tags are late season. The reason is the fish and game wants you to be successful at removing excess animals off the unit. The later in the season, the more bunched up the heard becomes, the leaves are gone off the trees, snow on the gorund. Mostcow hunt season dates are longer than the standard bull elk hunts, allowing you more time to get out and find the cows. All this make it much easier to spot and hunt elk.

Like any elk hunt. being successful will depend on you knowing the area and where to hunt. If there are 300 elk on a unit that covers 1000 sq miles. They may all be located on 1 sq mile of that unit when they get bunched up. You could hunt 999 sq miles and not see an elk. And depending on the weather and hunting pressure, that 1 sq mile where they are hiding may change tomorrow. An elk can easily move 20 miles in a few hours when motivated.

My advice is pick any of the units that offer a cow tag. You can harvest on elk on ANY one of them. But I would look at the dates of the hunt and see which hunt dates conincide with your schedule of when you would like to hunt in Utah. And which unit is in an area where you would like to explore the country more. We cal it hunting not shooting. You will need to come up and explore the country and find where the elk are at the time you are going to hunt.

I've shot elk in December when it was -10*. All the water for our horses was frozen. It doesn't get light until 8:00am and it's dark by 5:00pm. The elk were high on wind swept ridges, but we had to carry the elk meat down through the draws and timber where the snow was waist deep and heavily crusted over. My wife was mad because she had holiday parties and plans she wanted me to attend with her. And I was off elk hunting. I personally didn't enjoy that hunt. So I usually try to schedule my hunts for October when the snow is not as deep and the temps are not as cold. I can still get my horses up the mountain to haul out what ever I shoot. In October it gets light around 7:00am and dark around 7:00pm. So I have a longer day to hunt and less time spent standing around a campfire because it's too dark out. I may not be as successful in October as December, but I enjoy the hunt more.

Your 30-06 will work fine. Use a premium 165g or a standard 180 grain bullet and you will do fine.

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Location: SW Mtns. NM
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utah cow elk hunt

Good info. I'm hopeing to draw a bull or buck someday, in meantime a cow tag is in the works for next year, have to use the Gen. deer points up and want a worthwhile trip. The cow tags being late, does anyone know of cow landowner tags to get that would coinside with deer hunts? Or close to same time?

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