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Mass4x4
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Aug-27-16, 
11:58 AM (MST)
"Wasatch Muzzy Elk Help!"

Ho everyone! my Father in law drew a wasatch muzzy elk tag this year. I had planned to spend all summer scouting but I took a new job so I have not been able to have any time off to spend much time scouting. We do not know the area all that well and he is just looking for something that will go 300-320 any advise would be greatly appreciated thanks!

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: Wasatch Mu...  SLIVER      Aug-27-16   1 
  RE: Wasatch Mu...  Vanilla      Aug-27-16   2 
   RE: Wasatch Mu...  Mass4x4      Aug-28-16   3 
  RE: Wasatch Mu...  Mass4x4      Aug-28-16   4 
   RE: Wasatch Mu...  greywolf      Aug-29-16   5 
 RE: Wasatch Mu...  LiveFree      Aug-29-16   6 
  RE: Wasatch Mu...  Vanilla      Aug-30-16   7 
 RE: Wasatch Mu...  Buglelk      Aug-30-16   8 
 RE: Wasatch Mu...  bowhunt3r4l...      Sep-03-16   9 
  RE: Wasatch Mu...  grizzmoose      Sep-08-16   10 
 RE: Wasatch Mu...  Work2live2h...      Sep-18-16   11 

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SLIVER
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Aug-27-16, 
01:38 PM (MST)
1. "RE: Wasatch Muzzy Elk Help!"

Hey man! Hope the new job is going well. 5 days ago we found out that my brother was an alternate for the Wasatch Early Rifle tag. So we'll hit the scouting hard starting this week, and I'll let you know what we turn up. Your father in-law is in for a great time.

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Vanilla
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Aug-27-16, 
10:35 PM (MST)
2. "RE: Wasatch Muzzy Elk Help!"

There will be those that tell you the Wasatch is not what it used to be. Those people would mostly be correct. That said, if your goal is a 300+ inch bull, you shouldn't have any issues. The muzzy dates are a little later, and therefore will be towards the end of the rut.

Get to glassing points and find cows. There will be bulls with them still.

Are you familiar with any areas up there? Or are you going into this blind?

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Mass4x4
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Aug-28-16, 
08:55 AM (MST)
3. "RE: Wasatch Muzzy Elk Help!"

ya I am familiar with some aeas just not like I would like to be

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Mass4x4
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Aug-28-16, 
08:55 AM (MST)
4. "RE: Wasatch Muzzy Elk Help!"

ok awesome man sounds good

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greywolf
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Aug-29-16, 
12:57 PM (MST)
5. "RE: Wasatch Muzzy Elk Help!"

I had the tag last year, very very dissapointed with the muzz hunt on the wasatch. It was like being at a city in the mountains ,tons of cow and deer hunters. Don't know why they do this on a trophy bull hunt, you will find elk but there will hunters all over, good luck on your hunt, don't pass on a good opportunity too harvest, you may not get another chance. I had to eat my tag, didn't taste to good after 15 years of waiting.

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Aug-29-16, 
04:02 PM (MST)
6. "RE: Wasatch Muzzy Elk Help!"

I had the muzzy tag last year and I thought it was a great hunt. I ended up shooting a nice bull on the 2nd day of the hunt. I had a chance opening morning but decided to pass on it. After thinking about passing on that bull all day and night I decided I would shoot the next mature bull that I saw. So I did, the 2nd morning of the hunt. He would score in the range you are looking for.

My advice would be to get out and hike early in the morning, right before the sun rises. And give out a few locator bugles at each ridge that you come across. Sit and listen, when you hear a bugle, go after it.

There are elk everywhere up there as long as you are willing to get out and hike a little. If they are not where you are, try a different area. You will find them. It is a fun hunt and should be less crowded this year.

It can get a little stressful at times, so just remember to have fun and enjoy your time in the mountains.

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Vanilla
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Aug-30-16, 
01:44 PM (MST)
7. "RE: Wasatch Muzzy Elk Help!"

I was on the muzzy hunt on the Wasatch in 2013 and 2014 with each of my brothers. The first year we picked up some radio traffic from deer hunters in a canyon we ventured into, but we never saw them. We saw other hunters driving around on roads, but that is to be expected. We didn't see any other hunters, deer or elk, the rest of the time there.

The second year we saw two deer hunters coming down a ridge we were glassing. Other than that, the only other hunters we saw was when we were traveling on the roads.

At least in the areas we hunted for two years recently, if you were away from the roads (not even very far away, just away) then you were away from other hunters. And we saw plenty of elk.

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Buglelk
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Aug-30-16, 
03:00 PM (MST)
8. "RE: Wasatch Muzzy Elk Help!"

I have the same tag this year. I am excited for the hunt but also nervous about not getting a bull.
Should I get one early I will let you know where we were seeing them if you are still checking in, come the hunt.

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Sep-03-16, 
02:29 PM (MST)
9. "RE: Wasatch Muzzy Elk Help!"

Shouldn't be too hard. There are bulls of that class in most any of the drainages on the unit. Sounds like a fun hunt!

www.utahscoutingservices.com

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Sep-08-16, 
04:00 PM (MST)
10. "RE: Wasatch Muzzy Elk Help!"

I had the tag last year and ate it, but it was mostly due to inexperience. I had never hunted elk before and didnt have anyone to help me out. That being said, I was able to call in a couple that I passed on. My experience with crowds was similar to what was said earlier. I passed people on the roads as I drove from one place to the next, but only encountered two guys on horses once. On the last morning I stumbled into a whole herd of cows on accident and spooked them all into oblivion. After kicking myself knowing I also scared off the herd bull, I decided to bugle just for the practice. Before I even finished my bugle, I had a 350 bull scream back at me less than 40 yards away that I didnt even know was there. I tried to get a shot off, but he went into some heavy timber and I couldn't get him to come out. We bugled back and forth at each other for about 15 minutes. Probably the coolest hunting experience I've ever had.

Anyways, sorry for the ramble. I had no idea what I was doing and kick myself for not getting more help, but I didn't have any problem finding elk. I mostly had a problem knowing how to call and get them in close enough to shoot. If you want to email me at travisashdown@gmail.com, I'd be more than happy to tell you where I was and where I felt I had the best chance of success. I hit this one area 4-5 different times and always had elk in there bugling. Best of luck to you!

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Sep-18-16, 
02:11 AM (MST)
11. "RE: Wasatch Muzzy Elk Help!"

I have the same tag. I was fortunate to draw the western expo tag. I have been scouting all summer and found some great bulls. Like it has been said in other messages just get off the road and glass and you will find elk. My grandpa has always told me don't pass on something the first day that you are willing to shoot on the last day.

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