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Utah Youth Elk Hunt

So after not having enough time to hunt over the last 15 years or so, I'm finally making time for it. My boys are now 12 & 14 and really live getting out. Helped my oldest son with his first buck last season, and together we harvested a nice 180# hog from central Calif last summer as well. Will be taking my youngest out for a turkey hunt next month.

So California is not known for having many Elk tags available, so I got both of them entered in the Utah Youth Bull Elk hunt during the rut.

Now just have to wait for the draw, then the pre-planning will start!

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Welcome to the forum.  That

Welcome to the forum. 

That could be a tough hunt since it is only open to the any bull units in the state.  Where were you planning on hunting or is that still up in the air? 

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I'm considering the SW corner

I'm considering the SW corner of the state, but am still reviewing all options.

I need to do some more research and am reviewing the herd populations, public land access and the like.

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You have pretty good odds of

You have pretty good odds of drawing that tag.  Last year the odds were 1:2.2 and there were only 36 non residents that put in for that tag and the non resident quota was 30 tags. 

If you do decide on the south west corrner you really need to get out there and look around a little.  There are elk out there but it helps if you know the area along with seeing some to know where they might hang out at.  A little further north out of the any bull area at that time the elk are hanging in the grassy flats and thick juniper and pinion and not up in the hills.

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Had a chance to finally

Had a chance to finally review some maps. Initially looks like the Uintas Mtn area had good public access, as well as lots of pressure, but that goes with the tag.

Any knowledge of the area would be appreciated.

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From what I understand the

From what I understand the Uinita's are a tough area to get into to hunt. Most of the hunters that do go into them use horses or mules to get back into where most of the elk are located. There are quite a few roads leading up to them but then they stop but it is a possibility. One road that goes through it would be HWY 89 or the Mirror Lake highway to Evenston but would only be considered a access road. The last time that I was up there was over 30 years ago when I was working in the Utah oil fields so thing may of changed a little but not much since a lot of the area is considered a wilderness area. Then the Wasatch front is the population center. There are elk there but again lots of hiking to get around the private property.

If I was you I would concentrate on a area that I could get into to scout at least a couple of times before the hunt starts. I may be guessing on where you live and how you would access the areas but my guess is southern or central California. For this I would stick with the south west area that is open to any bull. This would be the Pine Valley area that is south of Cedar City and then west to the Nevada border.

Another area would be the area around Oak City that is east of Delta. This area goes up and down on the elk but there should be a good population out there. A couple of areas to avoid would be the area south of Hanksville to Lake Powell. There are only a few elk here and the DOW wants to get rid of them, they cause problems for Utah's wild bison herd. Also stay out of the area east of Huntington up to HWY 6. This is another area that they are trying to get rid of the elk in and is mostly very dry desert.

The area north of HWY 6 west to US 191 and then across the top to the Green River holds a lot of elk but is very tough to hunt. There are just a couple of roads and a lot of private property and reservation land that you can't hunt.

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