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Utah Tag Drawn .... Now what?

I've been putting my dad and me for different draws and points in Colorado, Arizona and Utah. Just so happens this year he drew for Meadowville Cache for the early rifle hunt. Anyone ever hunted this area? I will be his guide. He's a retired Texas Game Warden and has never taken an elk. We went to Idaho in '09 but had a horrible experience with the outfitter. It kinda turned us off from hiring another service. What can be expected of this unit? The harvest percentage from what I gathered while applying looks to be pretty high. The only thing I failed to check is the amount of land available for public access. After I saw that he drew, I got pumped and then soon found out about the lack of public land. Hopefully I'm wrong. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Jason

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I am not familiar with the

I am not familiar with the are because even though I apply for Utah I have never yet drawn a tag. Most private land where I hunt is impossible to get access and although it might be different over there I doubt that route would work without some heavy trespass fees. I guess I would get some maps first and find out for sure how much land you have to work with and where it is.

If Critter gets on here he knows a lot more about Utah than most of us and might be able to help a little more.

You can get maps from this place and the site will tell you exactly what maps you need for the unit you will be hunting.

http://plicmapcenter.org/

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That is one area that I have

That is one area that I have never hunted but from what I hear it is a lot of private and a lot of hard access.  You might want to check over on   http://utahwildlife.net   they may be able to help you a lot better.  Just be aware that some on it can be quite clanish and will consider you a intruder and may rag on you for a while.  But there are also a lot of good people there also

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I can take some ribbing if it

I can take some ribbing if it means getting my dad a place to hunt for a nice bull elk. I've posted over there already and had one guy give me some pointers. I had another guy tell me it would be at least be $6,000 to get any kind of access at all. I don't buy that. Now if it meant having to buy the elk tag along with the access to the land as a shortcut from waiting in line to draw it, I could see shelling out some $$$$. Anyways, hopefully we come up with some place. Do you know what kind of bulls come out of that area?

 

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Jason

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As for the size you can

As for the size you can expect most of the elk to run in the mid 300's with a possibility of a few up into the 400's. 

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have fun!!!

I have hunted this unit a few times during deer hunts and my uncle drew a elk tag a few years ago. I would expect a 300-350 bull. Hunt the border of the unit next to cache South Unit. I also remember someone got a nice bull in pole canyon a few years ago

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I think we might try around

I think we might try around Round Valley. Seems like there are some decent bulls in the area. Question, sice my dad is hunting for the bull, if I can get a landowners voucher for a cow, can I hunt during the Septmber 17th - 25th (early rifle) for the cow as well? Or is that just bull season only? I would like to be able to kill a cow while we are up there, but the seasons might not coincide.

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Fyi... for you fellas. I

Fyi... for you fellas. I ordered a BLM map of the Meadowville Cache unit and there is a suprising number of acres that is accessable to the public. I don't know if it holds elk or not, but I would guess that there is at least 60,000+ acres of BLM land in this unit that can be hunted by the public. There's also some state land that showed up on the land as well. From all the folks I have talked to the larger number of elk and the big bulls are on the private land. The way it looks, I think my dad might have a legitimate shot at a 340" - 360" bull. I'm pumped for him.

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