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Old 05-16-2020, 09:17 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I hunted the same spot 5 consecutive years with an OTC elk tag before I finally put an elk on the ground. The year prior, I was settling my crosshairs on a spike when a shot rang out and I watched the elk drop. Another hunter beat me to it. Getting away from other hunters has been my biggest challenge. But, getting it done on a branch antlered Bull was very rewarding.
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Old 05-16-2020, 09:24 AM   #12 (permalink)
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We hunt a general season any bull area every year. Between my hunting buddy and me we've killed several bulls over the past few seasons. Ironically they have ALL been spikes.
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Old 05-16-2020, 03:11 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I’ve killed a bull during the general season any bull hunt 3 of the last 4 years. 2 six points during rifle and a spike during archery season. With that said, I had a 0% success rate during the hunt the first 10 or 12 years I hunted any bull. I killed 2 spikes in 8 or 9 years of hunting spike only hunts.
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Old 05-16-2020, 10:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I started out my general season elk hunts like 0-14 or 0-15. Something like that. Then I killed bulls every single year for six years in a row. First three years with a rifle, next three years with a bow. Then I drew a LE tag and ate it (hit a bull I was not able to recover, unfortunately). This year I gotta get back on my roll again.
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Old 05-17-2020, 01:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I have killed bulls in 4 different general season units.
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Old 05-17-2020, 03:42 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Iíve killed a bull in one of the two years I Archery hunted any bull. Iím gonna try rifle this year. I just donít have enough time to archery hunt deer and elk. Have to spread out my days off work


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Old 05-17-2020, 07:02 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I kill a bull in the Any bull GS areas about every other year but, Iv put in my time!

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Old 05-17-2020, 08:25 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Randy and Corey just say that because to be successful on Utah's general hunt, you have to put in your time, and as has been said or inferred, any bull units are a tougher but to crack than most NR hunters want or can tackle given time and logistical challenges. Add to that the cost of license and tags (along with travel, food, etc), and UT's general season hunts can get expensive in a hurry for the NR. And what NR wants to throw all that money at the chance for a spike only? So many better options out there for the NR than UT!

That said, I decided to get to know an any bull unit, and I've killed a couple elk, and missed a couple more over the last 8-10 years. It literally took 3 years to dial it in, but now, if I put in the time required, I'd say my odds get to 50% on any given year. It's really just a matter of time spent hunting.
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:14 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Spikes Rule ! ….. in Utah
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Old 05-18-2020, 12:37 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Your chances of seeing elk are better on the spike units. My feeling is you are better off learning how to hunt elk when you know they are there. Once you get successful getting into elk use that knowledge to expand to the any bull areas where they are much harder to find.

Either way it is a learning curve.
My thoughts exactly. I figured I'd just keep putting in for LE and then go on spike or cow hunts.
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