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utah elk hunting

I am planning a elk hunt for the general bull season and would like some info about the area around vernal any help would be appriciated

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That's a lot of country, have

That's a lot of country, have you narrowed it down to a general area?  For starters you need to head northwest and stay out of the northeast corrner and the indian grounds.  So there is a lot of areas that are good for elk, also be aware that there are a lot of moose in the area also. 

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we know its a lot of country

we know its a lot of country thats the problem we called the dow office and about all we got there was that we would be in the ashley national forest and she sent us several maps but we dont know were to start so we can narrow it down

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It sounds like none of you

It sounds like none of you have visited the area before so here is a couple of places.  One is that you are going to have to stay to the west of HWY 191 witch goes up to Flaming Gorge so I would suggest the Red Cloud Loop rd.  It goes out of Maseer just to the west of Vernal and loopes up to Oaks Parks Resevour and then back to Maseer.  You may find elk anywhere along this road once you get out of the private property.  Or you can go up HWY 191 to Flaming Gorge and then take the road towards Manila any of the roads between those two points to the south and west should take you into elk country. 

Without you knowing the area it is going to be a crap shoot for you but you may find some good bulls up there.

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thanks

thank you we realy appriciate it we have never bean there we usualy hunt pagosa co with black powder but we didnt draw tags

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That area is an any bull unit

That area is an any bull unit in Utah unlike most of the state that is spike only so any bull from a spike up is leagal for you.  If you look at google earth and follow HWY 191 north and then take Utah 44 I believe you will see a lot of territory that is good elk country.  But as I said you have to hunt west of 191 since the area east is a limited entry area.  Good luck. 

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The Moon Lake area has a lot

The Moon Lake area has a lot of good Elk country and a ton of roadless area along the Yellowstone River to the East. I honestly don't know what kind of hunting pressure the area gets during Elk season though. Moon Lake is North of Duchense.

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thank you we are trying to

thank you we are trying to find a place like that one of the guyes i hunt with is blind and it takes a little time to get him set up . he isnt going this year and we had bean wanting to find a place with more elk  and maybe easier going he is about 65 and would like to elk hunt a couple more times

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Hey msheying, Go ahead and

Hey msheying,

Go ahead and pick my brain. I'm hunting archery elk over by vernal and have hunted elk just west of Flaming gorge for a few years now. Where are you from? Do you live in Utah?

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thanks

no we are from missouri and we usualy go to pagosa colorado muzzeloder hunting. bob who is the blind guy has hunted all over with his son bobby but he is getting older and brush is realy hard for him to get through never the less shoot through so we are looking for somthing with less dead fall and either more elk or less brush so we can get him a shot.

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Hmmm. That's a tough call

Hmmm. That's a tough call dude. I'm new to hunting right by vernal, but already this year i've seen an ok number of elk, but from what I understand Colorado has a huge elk heard. So if you come to an any bull unit here in Utah I don't think it is as heavy populated with elk like Colorado is. For me it's just fine but i'm used to hunting areas that hold ok numbers of elk but not a ton.

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