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Old 05-18-2020, 10:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm considering putting in for a Nov.- Dec. general season cow elk hunt on the Beaver, North unit. I've never been there.

Could anyone with experience let me know if a two wheel drive truck would give me adequate access at that time of year? I'm guessing I don't need to reach the highest elevations to bag a cow elk.

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I'm going out on a limb and going to say: it depends on snow.

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Old 05-18-2020, 02:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was expecting that answer and halfway expecting it from you.

So I'm thinking that the the deeper or further down the slope the snow goes, the further down the cow elk. So in effect, the snow pushes them down as far as I can drive up?

Is that reasonable?
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I'm really not a Beaver unit buff. I can say that there should be elk all along I-15 from Sulphurdale to Beaver. And you could also find some between Junction and Marysvale. Probably spot from I-70 over Clear Creek.

The hard part is that there just aren't a lot of paved roads that might be plowed once the snow flies.
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A friend of mine had this tag last year. He said most of the elk where up at 9000ft in 1 or 2 foot of snow. Now I have to admit he brags quite a bit, but still, a 2 wheel drive truck is not going to cut it.
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Ok. Maybe I just stick to archery season than and learn what I can for the future.

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Snow needs to be pretty dang deep to push elk down--even with north slopes covered deep, lot's of snowy ridges get blown clear up above for elk to feed on, not to mention south slopes soaking up sun. There are plenty of rifle cow hunts in October during the spike hunts that have loads of vehicle access, little snow and if ya hike around you can get on elk. Go for the units with lots of elk--there not too hard to draw either, couple points and your in!
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I hunted the beaver last year during that time and the elk where still up on top and getting to them was difficult. 4x4 was a necessity last year. Road can be good if no precipitation but any and they turn to snot.
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There are some areas that you could access elk in a 2-wheel drive truck. But, your hunt is not an easy one at all. I could steer you into some area off US-89 that elk frequent in the fall that are low. You could also drive I-70 over Clear Creek and potentially see elk that can be accessed off ok roads.
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When I was a kid my dad and I went everywhere in a 1962 International 2 wheel drive pickup.

That being said I don't think anyone should leave the oiled roads in Southern Utah without having a 4 wheel drive. JMHO
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