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Any tips on hunting Elk in Utah's Northeast Region? My wife and I got permits (rifle/any legal weapon) for that area this year, never hunted there so any info will be helpful.

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I would hunt the Cache. I've seen huge Elk up there. The key that I've learned is get the maps out. I know that there is a lot of private land over there. I might be a little rough, but Forrest Service Lands run right down the middle of those which is legal to hunt. They try to make it sound like it's not. Anyway, I've hunted the area and it's rough, it's not for the road hunter type. Some do stake out the refuge and wait for them to make a run for it. I hope this helps.

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GUTPYLZ
thanks for the reply.

Cache is where I planned on hunting however my permit is only good for the area around Flaming gorge and north of the wasatch front (tremonton area), I think I can trade my tag in for a spike only but I got family in Vernal so we are going to go down there and try our luck. I think Cache Valley for Elk is a draw hunt, and I just bought my permit over the counter.

But we will be hunting Deer in Cache Valley.

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Which tag did you get? You posted on July 8th and the general elk tags didn't go on sale till the 12th and weren't available in the drew. They are over the counter only. If you buy an "any bull" tag it's good for any "any bull" unit in Utah. If you buy a "spike only" tag you can hunt any "spike only" unit in Utah.

The regions that you speak of are limited to deer. If you have a northeastern tag its a deer tag.

Check your tag and let us know what you have and we can help you out better.

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Actually tags went on sale June 12th, however I think there are still some Elk left so you're not too late for those...deer however I believe are gone. And yes I did buy over the counter tags and yes they are any bull which I understand can be used in any "any bull" unit.

What I'm looking for is any advice hunting the Northeastern region (Vernal, Duchesne area) not to be confused with Cache Valley which, according to the Proc., is part of the Northern Region and is a "Spike only" area.

I also have a Deer Tag for the Northern Region (Cache Valley).

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Rifleman wrote:
Actually tags went on sale June 12th, however I think there are still some Elk left so you're not too late for those...deer however I believe are gone. And yes I did buy over the counter tags and yes they are any bull which I understand can be used in any "any bull" unit.

What I'm looking for is any advice hunting the Northeastern region (Vernal, Duchesne area) not to be confused with Cache Valley which, according to the Proc., is part of the Northern Region and is a "Spike only" area.

I also have a Deer Tag for the Northern Region (Cache Valley).

You're right they did go on sale in June rather than July but I have all my elk and deer tags so I'm good. Thumbs up Archery deer and limited entry elk.

I'm just trying to point out that referring to the "Northeastern Region" is a deer hunting boundary and has no bearing on elk boundaries and you said that you and your wife had a tag for this area so I just wanted to clarify.

But since I understand better what you are looking for I can try to help you out a little. The North and South slope of the Uinta's are the best any bull units in Utah by far. But there is a lot of pressure and you've got to get away from the roads to find elk. They will be high, typically 8500 ft and higher if there is little to no snow. If it snows much by then of course they could be a little lower.

There are spots up the Mirror Lake highway than can be pretty good like Whitney Reservoir and surrounding areas on the North side heading towards Wyoming. You'll have to get away from the pressure though to find the elk.

There are elk around the Wilderness area up above Mirror Lake as well but that is thick country up there and it can be tough to hunt. You usually have to do a lot of walking up there to find elk.

Up towards Flaming Gorge like you mentioned can be really good. In fact that's where I hunt and I have killed 3 bulls in 5 years up in that area. If you hunt anywhere off the Red Cloud Loop up there you will have some luck if you get away from the roads.

I've never hunted up by the Grandaddy Lakes, might be good up there I don't know. I hear hunting is good up above Roosevelt to near the Indian Reservation but I've never hunted it.

If you have family out in Vernal hit the Red Cloud Loop. Get up there early to get a spot and do a little scouting and you'll be glad you did.

Hope that helps some. Good Luck.

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huh, I could've swore the map I looked at in the proc was for Elk, oh well. In any case that is all very useful information, and I'm sure it will come in handy this October when the shooting starts.

thanks for the reply, hopefully we'll have a big story to tell this fall.

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Good luck!!! Here is my last years Red Cloud Loop bull.....they are there. You just gotta look hard.

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I could live with that. Thumbs up

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