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Old 09-06-2013, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for a little advise/ insight...
As I am getting ready for my first backcountry elk hunt I have been doing a lot of hiking around the Wasatch. I am wondering if there a areas around Guardsman's, Big Cottonwood, Millcreek Canyon, Lamb's Canyon, East Canyon that I could bring the shotgun with me & maybe get into some grouse while I get in shape for the upcoming elk hunt???
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You can hunt any of those areas with a shotgun. Can't take a dog into the Cottonwood canyons, Parleys or Lambs, though.
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I understand I am allowed to have a shotgun in those areas, very aware of dog laws in the watershed... just wondering where I might stir up some birds while I'm out there?
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Absolutely. I've killed grouse on the south side of Mill Creek canyon right at the mouth, and can see the spot from my front porch. I've run into them all along the Wasatch, in Bear Trap Fork in Big Cottonwood, Mill Creek, City Creek, Mountain Dell, etc. In fact, all up and down the entire range.
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Paddler, thank you for letting me know that they are indeed out there... Given elevation is it mostly blue grouse out there? Or are ruffed grouse out there as well?
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Early in the year, I've jumped dusky grouse at 6300' on the ridge between Immigration and Mountain Dell (archery deer), and at the same elevation on the face of Grandeur Peak. More typically I jump the ruffies in the thick stuff and the blues on more open slopes. I think you should take a shotgun with you every time out, and take a dog everywhere it's legal. You'll see more when you're actually hunting elk. Of course. I'd be surprised if you didn't see grouse at 40 38' 45" x 111 36' 04". That's on the ridge between Bear Trap Fork and Willow Heights, ~9700'. If dogs were legal there, I'd be hunting it.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I dunno that I would trust a feller with a signature of Obama 2012

From what I understand in SL County there is no discharge of a firearm unless on private ground... It seem's to be a gray area and from what I've heard can boil right on down to the officer investigating whether your cited or not. I think you tempt a lot of attention to yourself anyways in SL County due to the high volume of non-consumptive recreation user's. Me personally I would tip toe lightly if you take on this venture
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Even if SL County did have a no shooting rule, it is trumped by state law. It is not legally enforceable unless specifically authorized by the state. You can read 53-5a-102 of the Utah State code for clarification on that one. The only rules that apply are those made by the state, for instance, being 600 feet away from houses, animals....etc. So all those silly little city ordinances that ban hunting are null and void if you can meet the state rules.
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Not talking about hunting, more shooting. Have you ever dealt with a Unified Authority Law Dog looking for a charge? I have and eventually they will find one... Point being, I don't think it's worth it

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KillerBee,

The Utah premption law affects other agencies making laws regarding possession of a firearm, Not the discharge of a gun. ANY town/city/incorporation etc can make laws and enforce laws that pertain the discharge of a weapon.
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