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I can draw Southwest Desert late elk, Plateau Boulder late elk or Wasatch early? All rifle elk. Thoughts? Also Fishlake mid or late and Bookcliffs Bittercreek South late.
I would share one.....unless it was double stuffed then you're out of luck!I think Wiffy wants solitude so he doesn't have to share his Oreos.
In my mind your decision depends on what kind of hunt you want. The early season dates are prime for the rut and it's hard to beat listening to bugling bulls while you chase them. I've hunted both early and late and I'd take early every time.
Wade Lemmon will tell you it doesn't matter what unit you draw because you'll be able to hunt all of them.You’ve waited a long time and invested fair amount, I certianly understand why you’d like to know. If I were in your boots I’d call three or four of the most successful outfitters, whether you intend to go DYI or with an outfitter. They would know more about those units collectively. The rest of us might know a lot about a unit or two but are not as knowledgeable about how one compares to all the others.
I would call and ask: Doyle Moss, Wade/Kalan Lemon, Taylor Albrecht, and Paul Phillips.
Collectively, there’s not much these gentleman don’t know about these units, and they might even convince you to book a hunt with them. If not......you won’t be the only one who calls them that doesn’t end up hiring them.
Wish you much success, it’s your turn at the plate.
Thanks guys. I helped my dad when he drew archery elk on the Wasatch about 10 years ago. I liked the unit. Lot's on residents REALLY went out of their way to help him out before I arrived and he had a great hunt. Lots of elk.
I have 20 elk points now. I am really torn. I have had some great elk tags and tagged some good bulls. Never scored them but I doubt any of them were over 310. I would REALLY like a 330 plus. I have very very few chances at many more good elk tags so this might be my last chance. I figure I am due for 1 other good elk tag and if I get really lucky 2 more. I need to make this count.
I do not mind waiting a few more years, but I thought that a few years ago to! A pound is getting heavier every year and the mountains taller. I turned 50 and I am in great shape and hunted HARD - doing my 2 most physically demanding hunts every in 2021. That said when I am 60 I will not be able to to what I can do now.
I have no intention of hiring an outfitter so I would not want to waste their time with even a phone call that will not turn into a client.
I think I am going to draw WY moose this year, and maybe elk so I might go for along shot in
There you go DonV, a gentleman outfitter that freely offered worthwhile information. I would wager the other outfitters, I mentioned, would be just as generous and professional as berrysB.If you had enough time to hunt multiple seasons I’d swing for the wasatch multi and hunt the early and late rifles. Think 19 pts pulled it last season for a NR
Thanks I am not going to be there. I will reconsider giving them a call based on what you said! Thanks again!There you go DonV, a gentleman outfitter that freely offered worthwhile information. I would wager the other outfitters, I mentioned, would be just as generous and professional as berrysB.
Will you be at the Western Hunting Expo, in Salt Lake City, next month? The elk draw application period goes until March 3 or 4th this year so you would have time to apply after the Expo. If you where there you could talk to the guys I suggested earlier in person, and......... a lot of other individuals that have a vendor booth there or are just there for the activities.
In fact, the guys on the list I mentioned will all have booths there, talking to all kinds of “tire kicker” so they are expecting lots of inquiries by all sorts of different people during that week, so...... even if you aren’t there in person, I don’t see any reason they wouldn’t be just fine to answer some questions over their cell phones. They are in that frame of mind that week so I don’t think it would be inappropriate at all. If that makes sense.
Actually, Taylor Albrecht might not have a booth there but the others are almost always there, and Taylor would be more than happy to talk with you about the units he hunts at anytime. He’s a gentleman, same as berrysB.
Muzzleloader elk hunts are often times the best hunts in my opinion. You would not need to remove your scope from your muzzy this year, but who knows what future years will bring with the DWR looking at all technology.I would consider a muzzleloader hunt. My current gun has a magnification scope and it has been together for over 25 years. It never, ever is not sighted in and my most trusted gun for that. I would hate to remove the scope to hunt Utah elk, but I would.
Nope-that has not been the case for 5 or 6 years now - you can have a magnifying scope on a muzzy.I thought Utah had a 1x limit on ML scopes? Mine is 1.5X-5x
This would be worth considering if you are comfortable with it. It’s now essentially a single shot rifle season if you want it to be and the peak of the right is often in line with this hunt. Only area hunts you would have to remove the scope would be one of the newer HAMS hunts.I thought Utah had a 1x limit on ML scopes? Mine is 1.5X-5x