Wasatch Mountains Elk Hunts

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The Wildlife Board approved issuing forty-five antlerless elk permits for an any-weapon season August 3-16, 2002. The Division of Wildlife Resources will send a letter to each hunter with special alerts, cautions and information about the hunt area.

Elk Hunt in Wasatch Mountains

The Wildlife Board approved issuing forty-five antlerless elk permits for an any-weapon season August 3-16, 2002. The Division of Wildlife Resources will send a letter to each hunter with special alerts, cautions and information about the hunt area.

Hunt boundary

Salt Lake County --- Boundary begins at the junction of I-80 and US-40; west on I-80 to I-215 East; south on this freeway to 3900 S. and the Millcreek Canyon Road; east on this road to the Desolation Lake Trailhead; east on this trail to the Summit-Salt Lake County line; south on this county line to the Summit-Wasatch County line; east on this county line to US-40; north on US-40 to I-80. USGS 1:100,000 Maps: Salt Lake City, Provo. If you have boundary questions, please call the DWR Springville office at (801) 491-5678.

  • The Salt Lake County portion of the described hunting area is under regulation that prohibits the discharge of a rifle, handgun, muzzleloader, or shotgun firing slug ammunition within one mile of a cabin, house or other building regularly occupied by people.
  • The season takes place in early through mid-August. This places the elk at the highest elevations and furthest from urban settings, cabins, and roads as opposed to a later or winter hunt in and near the valley.
  • There are currently two rifle hunting seasons in the same Wasatch Mountains hunt unit which include this area. Rifle-limited-entry bull elk and moose hunting open the 14th of September.
  • The Salt Lake County portion of the described hunting area is closed to general elk and deer hunting except with archery equipment. The Wasatch Front extended archery deer season begins Aug. 17 and goes through Dec. 31. The archery elk season begins Aug. 22 and goes through Dec. 31.
  • The population objective for this area is 200 elk. The estimated current population is 225 following a count last January.
  • There is little available critical winter range remaining for these animals and the population must be kept in check to avoid significant depredation and public safety problems along the upper Salt Lake City benches.
  • Archery hunting in this area has not resulted in sufficient elk harvest to accomplish the needed herd reduction or stabilization.