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jasn
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Aug-07-17, 
12:01 PM (MST)
"SW Desert Archery Bull Elk"

I'm a long time MM member (since 2005), view often, just hadn't logged in the last 2 years and my account was cleared and re-set.

My father just got a call for a surrendered SW desert archery elk permit. Due to his age, this is is likely his only / last elk permit in Utah (non-resident). We've never been in the unit, and now with the surrendered tag now we don't have time to scout. When he originally put in, he thought he'd have the whole summer to make multiple scouting trips. We know the elk population is limited and spread out. Even with short notice, we are excited and determined to try and make it the best hunting trip we can. I'm taking time off work to go help him.

Any advice on camping spots? In this unit would most people say hunting the last 2 weeks is best?

Any advice from people who have had this hunt? Also, with short notice, any information on general areas to hunt and find elk would be much appreciated, PM is preferred.

Thanks and I wish you all successful hunting season.

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: SW Desert ...  BIGJOHNT      Aug-07-17   1 
  RE: SW Desert ...  Muley_73      Aug-07-17   2 
 RE: SW Desert ...  jasn      Aug-09-17   3 
  RE: SW Desert ...  Wapitiwilly      Aug-09-17   4 
   RE: SW Desert ...  elktaker      Aug-09-17   5 
    RE: SW Desert ...  BIGJOHNT      Aug-09-17   6 
     RE: SW Desert ...  Horniac      Aug-11-17   7 
      RE: SW Desert ...  azbiggame      Aug-12-17   8 

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BIGJOHNT
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Aug-07-17, 
06:29 PM (MST)
1. "RE: SW Desert Archery Bull Elk"

It maybe good to hire a guide in your position. But it maybe tough because the hunt starts so soon. Pm me if you need a number or two ?

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Muley_73
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Aug-07-17, 
07:12 PM (MST)
2. "RE: SW Desert Archery Bull Elk"

BigJohn,
+1

Take a look at what you're going to spend on the tag, on scouting trips add all your costs up and make a decision. Like you said it may be your dads last elk hunt. I know the DIY is all the rage. But don't tackle too much if this is dad's last hunt and you have the means. Just my opinion and I'm a DIY 90% of the time. Good luck either way and I hope you have a successful hunt!

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jasn
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Aug-09-17, 
12:11 PM (MST)
3. "RE: SW Desert Archery Bull Elk"

Anyone willing to share some info on elk areas?

Thanks for the advice so far. Anyone have info on a packer with horses or mules?

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Wapitiwilly
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Aug-09-17, 
12:23 PM (MST)
4. "RE: SW Desert Archery Bull Elk"

PM me, I can get you headed in the right direction

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Aug-09-17, 
01:06 PM (MST)
5. "RE: SW Desert Archery Bull Elk"

If it stays hot and he is willing to sit on some water, that will probably best. Last year I was there with a friend that had a tag and we did not see much rut activity with the heat til the last 3 days.

He took an old 5x5. Wasn't huge but he was happy with it.

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BIGJOHNT
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Aug-09-17, 
03:27 PM (MST)
6. "RE: SW Desert Archery Bull Elk"

I know of a few guys last year with rifle tags that didn't take a bull. Everyone was complaining the elk ran to Nevada. They couldn't find a bull. It can be a tough area to hunt. But sometimes you can get lucky and find a couple in the sage brush flats. Good luck to you and your dad. Especially if your going DIY with never setting foot on the unit.

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Aug-11-17, 
10:44 PM (MST)
7. "RE: SW Desert Archery Bull Elk"

Jasn,

PM sent...

Horniac

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Aug-12-17, 
12:37 PM (MST)
8. "RE: SW Desert Archery Bull Elk"

some good advise from above.Hunt last week after cow/spike archers are gone ... Stay close to NV line for best, but competitors will be close ? Quality down,plenty of 260-280 in. bulls East of there ... Hoping for cooler weather in early Sept and last dates.Good Luck, Bruce & SilverGrand

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