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Old 06-29-2020, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys! So I decided to try and put in for anterless elk out on the west desert vernon unit. I've hunted out there and have been scouting but I have yet to see an elk. But I thought I'd give it a shot because it's a very long hunt and worst case I get to take my wife and boy camping a bunch out there. So my question is, are their elk out there? Haha thanks guys
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is why the cow elk tags are easy to draw out there......

There are a few areas where the DOW do not want elk and that is one of them
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Old 06-29-2020, 10:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Critter is right. I think the management objective for that area is zero. There are probably 50 elk total on the unit. I'll shoot you a pm of where I've found elk sheds. That may be a good starting point.

The hunt runs through September, right? Hiking, calling and glassing may turn something up during the rut.

Good luck. It will be a tough hunt, but a great opportunity to get out. Maybe do some coyote calling if the elk are nowhere to be found.
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd.... it begins.
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That is a new unit this year. It runs from August-January 22. It might take that long to find one out there.
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About four years ago I saw a cow and spike about a half mile west of Ericksons Pass, almost directly east of Simpson Springs.
The next year I hunted Vernon for a week.
Hunted each main draw above Vernon to the top, choosing a new draw each day.
Was in thigh deep, crusted, skin tearing snow each day at the very top in the deep pines.
Made stand after stand calling/sitting/listening.
Was on my own and hunted as stealthy as possible.
Put 92 miles on my RZR.
Never saw an elk, much less a track.
Saw some nice bucks.
The End.
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About four years ago I saw a cow and spike about a half mile west of Ericksons Pass, almost directly east of Simpson Springs.
The next year I hunted Vernon for a week.
Hunted each main draw above Vernon to the top, choosing a new draw each day.
Was in thigh deep, crusted, skin tearing snow each day at the very top in the deep pines.
Made stand after stand calling/sitting/listening.
Was on my own and hunted as stealthy as possible.
Put 92 miles on my RZR.
Never saw an elk, much less a track.
Saw some nice bucks.
The End.
About 4 years ago scouting for deer I saw a cow elk in the hills near Faust. Had to do a double take and thought I was seeing things at first.
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Old 06-30-2020, 11:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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there there but they are scattered to hell and gone
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Old 07-01-2020, 12:40 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Here's my thoughts on this cow hunt and others like it.
Maybe the DWR doesn't want the elk around but many of the locals do and even a few nonlocals.
They really like hunting the bulls and the only way to hunt more bulls is to have more cows around. I know of people that are buying the cow tags and just putting them in the paper shredder or fireplace. Just so they can save a cow.
This is one reason why people don't come forward to give out information. I believe it's about not giving up the bull hunting locations as much as it is killing a cow. The west desert/vernon elk honey holes are hard to come by.
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