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Old 06-21-2020, 07:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got back from scouting the unit that I have my dedicated tag on and will also purchase an archery elk tag for the unit. So far things are looking decent , but not what it was a few years ago. There seems to be plenty of bucks but the overall numbers still seem to be lacking slightly. The elk looked similar to how they have in years past. Hopefully I will have trail cam photos to post in a few weeks. What’s everyone else seeing ?


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Old 06-21-2020, 08:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am seeing lots of little bucks with an occasional decent buck. Very few big bucks on nebo unit. Should be a good hunt for youth hunters, think it will be tough hunt for those of use hunting big bucks.
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I just got back from scouting the unit that I have my dedicated tag on and will also purchase an archery elk tag for the unit. So far things are looking decent , but not what it was a few years ago. There seems to be plenty of bucks but the overall numbers still seem to be lacking slightly. The elk looked similar to how they have in years past. Hopefully I will have trail cam photos to post in a few weeks. What’s everyone else seeing ?


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What unit do you have your dedicated on? I just got back from scouting the Manti, saw some decent bucks but was mostly looking for elk and let me tell ya, I saw a sh!t load!
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Old 06-21-2020, 11:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was out scouting for my wife’s Manti bull tag and found this guy:

https://youtu.be/21ETBRwDoVQ

Saw a lot of deer and a few bucks. Most does had 2 fawns which is promising for the future.
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Old 06-22-2020, 09:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Most areas numbers are down.
Deer especially.
2 years ago in a place I was watching 500 head now holds less than 100.
Winter kill a year and a half ago wiped out my home town heard..

Elk took a hard hit on the North Manti too.
Really makes me upset how poorly managed some units are.
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This last weekend:
- Saw a bachelor group of about 4-5 bulls, antlers still growing, not fully formed.
- glassed a couple cow elk grazing in a field by themselves.
- glassed a doe off by herself.
- glassed a cow elk defending her calf from a doe.
- bumped two cow elk who were right in my way.
- got within 20 yards of a buck deer, wondering how long it would take until he smelled me since I was upwind.
- heard intermittent bugling on Sunday morning. Just once in awhile, not in full swing yet. Maybe 3 or 4 times total.
- saw no herds formed other then the one bachelor group. Seems like mostly solo cow's, not all have calves.
- saw a few road scouters, and a metric crap ton of campers and OHV riders.
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I usually don't start looking until after July 1st.
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I was off all of last week and spent a good amount of it at the cabin.
As I wandered around and went back and forth to town I didn't much in the way of deer at all.
Not nearly what I usually see. Don't have as much as normal on the trail cams as well.
Not seeing nearly the does I usually do.
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Did some scouting on the Wasatch Unit. Hiked a 6 mile loop. Saw lots of tracks and last years rubs. I bumped 2 groups of elk. One group of 5-6 cows, the second was a group of bulls. I only saw one of the bulls, but it sounded like 10 crashing through the trees ahead of me. Also saw a couple does. That brings up a question, should I worry about bumping elk during my scouting? Am I going to blow them out of the area by the time the season rolls around?
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Did some scouting on the Wasatch Unit. Hiked a 6 mile loop. Saw lots of tracks and last years rubs. I bumped 2 groups of elk. One group of 5-6 cows, the second was a group of bulls. I only saw one of the bulls, but it sounded like 10 crashing through the trees ahead of me. Also saw a couple does. That brings up a question, should I worry about bumping elk during my scouting? Am I going to blow them out of the area by the time the season rolls around?
IMO preseason scouting should be predominately done with optics. If you are trying to learn an area then go in mid day and try to avoid bedding areas.

In areas that are frequented by people animals will tolerate more intrusion than those that see people predominately during hunting season.

Cows with calves and does with fawns really don't need to be harassed this time of year.
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