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Old 06-24-2020, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So here's the situation.. I been out the last 6 weeks scouting wasatch east for deer. Putting in a lot of boot miles and road miles and all I've been able to turn up is bulls and doe deer. I've finally decided that I'm doing something wrong. 100% of my scouting has been on the south side of the hwy/reservoir. My theory was that the further south I could stay from currant creek area the pressure would be less but maybe it's time to shift focus to the north side of the hwy? Long story short I'm hoping someone can shed some light on why I'm not seeing the deer I feel like should be in the area. Additionally, if anyone is looking for bulls I've found a handful of them with some pretty good growth so far. Maybe someone would be kind enough to exchange pointers?
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Old 06-24-2020, 01:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you’re scouting south of highway 40 you might want to take a look at the hunt boundary. Unless it’s changed I believe that is wasatch west.

Also I would not hesitate to go around currant creek.
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Old 06-24-2020, 01:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have seen some SLAMMER bucks in the Strawberry River gorge while fly fishing in the past. With the fire in that area a couple years ago might be a place to look.

XBOW is incorrect on his boundary knowledge.

North of 40 will have a lot more pressure from General season elk hunters.

Never had the Wasatch East tag myself though so take that with a grain of salt.
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Old 06-24-2020, 02:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The boundary runs north-south just west of the res, so everything south and southeast of Strawberry is considered wasatch east. But yea I'm thinking it's time to venture up to the other side and join the circus. I'm sure like anywhere though there are some out of the way pockets to find some deer.
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Bucks like the high country this time of year.

Cooler temperatures and less bugs for their growing antlers.
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How high are we talking? I've been focusing around the Baldy Mtn which is up there a pretty good ways. Just seems totally void of deer after a ton of glassing
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It's too hot! the Bucks are holding up in the Pines and Quakies.
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I hunted the muzzle loader last year and saw very few deer compared to previous years. I think it winter killed pretty bad two years ago. Itís a big unit and there are nice bucks in there just not as many as years past.
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Bald Mt. is in the Wasatch West unit. Everything on the south side of the sheep creek road, and Indian creek road to the East is the East unit.
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I would get up into the higher meadows before daylight and then watch them. Or get into a location where I could watch several locations and get the binoculars and/or the spotter out and start looking.

The animals don't like the heat or bugs anymore than us humans and will get out of it if they can.

Personally I don't like scouting for deer until after July 4

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