First, blog post about my Utah Archery Bull Elk hunt. This post may not be formatted correctly or the grammar maybe less than par. I am posting from my iPhone.
I made the drive from Arizona to Utah on Thursday. I made it up just in time to drive around half my unit via the highway.
I woke up the next morning to glass up a few elk and mule deer everywhere.
I decided to head up on to the mountain to see what it was like. I saw a giant herd of cows and calves in an old burn. There were campers, OHVs and hunters everywhere on top.
That afternoon I decided to head off the mountain and look at some of the low country. I ditched the truck and climbed on my old honda foreman.
It was pretty dry, so my goal was to cut sign. I found an area that seemed to have several elk and it was pretty good country, so I climbed up high to glass.
I immediately found 11 mule deer bucks below me, but just one spike elk. I came off the mountain and stayed down in the bottom that night.
I got up to a thunderstorm off to the south and a few road hunters driving below the mountain. This was the opener for my Utah Limited Entry Archery elk hunt, but I was mainly just scouting.
I glassed up about 50 head of cows and calves which was a promising morning. My plan is to comeback around the 1st of September, which will hopefully be the beginning of the elk rut.
I decided to do a complete 360 of the unit. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. I did, but much of the unit is pretty dry and I didn’t see anymore elk tracks down low. I am pretty sure most of the elk are up on the mountain.
I got up higher that night. It was stormy, but I finally glassed up a mature bull raking a tree.
I am heading home this morning and I guess I accomplished what I wanted to. My current impression of this Utah Limited Entry elk unit is… Too many roads. Not enough low juniper country.
No Excuses -Craig