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Old 08-31-2020, 09:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I guess the title should say 'help me pick a drainage".

My plans for this year haven't really gone according to plan, if course.

I'm going to try to help my wife get her first archery cow elk this weekend. I was going to go deep into the mountains for the last week of archery, but if she gets one this weekend then I'll be working on processing that meat.

Of course, life happened over the summer and I wasn't able to do any scouting deep in the mountains. I spent all my time scouting where I hunted last year, trying to figure it out a little better for my wife's hunting.

Since I got the multi-season elk tag, I'm thinking I'm going to go deep in the mountains the first week of rifle season. I'll get up there a day early to hike around and scout as much as possible. So, I'll basically be going in blind and it may be a total crap shoot as to whether I find any bulls or not! But, I'll be covering a LOT of ground each day, so I think I should be able to at least find cows, which should lead me to bulls if they're still hanging out with them.

Here's what I think I'm looking for in location.

1. . The elk I've been able to spot deep in the mountains seem to be in these areas. That doesn't mean much, I know, but at least they're there at one point.

2. Get away from trail dense areas and hunter dense areas

3. Somewhere with plenty of meadows. I know when the shooting starts, they're going to head for the trees, but maybe I can find some in the open the first couple of days.

4. Not sure what elevation to limit myself to. As long as there's not deep snow on the ground, I'd expect to still find them high, but not sure.

5. Not more than 10-12 miles from my car (have a Honda CR-V, so I can't get too crazy with high clearance roads).

Anyway, I'm just trying to figure out what would be best. I assume most drainages are nearly equal for holding elk... maybe that's just ignorance. I'm not really confident I'll fill my tag... I'm just looking for a good time and trying to build my confidence in the destination I end up choosing.

If anyone feels like giving a suggestion, I'd happily welcome it, but I fully expect to not receive any specifics and I also expect to get some laughs 😉 any tips or insight or whatever would be helpful.
And yes... I'll be taking a fishing rod 😂

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Old 08-31-2020, 12:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Where are you going cow hunting for your wife? Archery cow/spike units close this Friday
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Old 08-31-2020, 01:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You ever kill an elk rockstein? Ya might want to stick closer to your vehicle than 10 miles bud. Nobody is gonna give away their uintas spots, gotta earn those man. Pick a less popular drainage or canyon and start hunting. Success rate is in the low teens but I’m sure you’ll do fine-post up some success pics after ya get it figured out, love to see general bull pics on the UWN!
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Old 08-31-2020, 01:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Where are you going cow hunting for your wife? Archery cow/spike units close this Friday
She has the general season archery tag, so she's actually just looking to tag whatever elk steps in front of her first, so long as it's not a calf!

She unfortunately missed an opportunity last weekend. She wasn't quite ready with bow in hand... And thought she could only shoot a bull.

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You ever kill an elk rockstein? Ya might want to stick closer to your vehicle than 10 miles bud. Nobody is gonna give away their uintas spots, gotta earn those man. Pick a less popular drainage or canyon and start hunting. Success rate is in the low teens but I’m sure you’ll do fine-post up some success pics after ya get it figured out, love to see general bull pics on the UWN!
Yes, shot a 4x5 last year during archery. I realize 10 miles is a long way. I'm prepared for that.

I'm NOT asking for anyone's spots. I know better than that. I've worked **** hard to learn the area I've been hunting in, and I won't tell anyone where that is. I'm only asking for general thoughts about the various drainages or things to be aware of with them. I've not been up them during rifle season, so I don't know which ones would hold a lot of hunters, which ones have outfitters, etc.
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And I don't mean specific drainages like John's canyon, or any specific info.

Just something like "there's a lot of hunters that go up George's canyon because it's close to Salt Lake county". Or, "go up Billy's fork because there's great fishing for while you're not finding any elk" 😂

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Old 08-31-2020, 03:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The elk I've been able to spot on Google Earth deep in the Uintas seem to be in these areas.
I really don't have much in advice, but I would like to know what preferences you had set up to spot elk on Google Earth!

Good luck!
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How did you spot elk on Google Earth?

And if you did spot some did you even look at the date that the image was taken?

A 10 mile hump with a elk on your back is quite a feat.
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Old 08-31-2020, 03:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yes, shot a 4x5 last year during archery. I remember you posting a pic last year of some antlers that looked like they were cut off a long dead bull, cut above the bases even, I assumed you found a deadhead and started sawing--my apologies--that wasn't the usual kill shot photo so forgive we I realize 10 miles is a long way. I'm prepared for that. lotta guys say that but if ya do the math it's pretty much delta force type effort to make that happen solo and not ruin meat--maybe that's you--I don't know but lot's of internet bad boys out there so again forgive me

I'm NOT asking for anyone's spots. ya kinda are--a little! I know better than that. I've worked **** hard to learn the area I've been hunting in, and I won't tell anyone where that is. If I killed an archery bull on the general hunt I would already know where I'm hunting and wouldn't even think about any other area! I'm only asking for general thoughts about the various drainages or things to be aware of with them. I've not been up them during rifle season, so I don't know which ones would hold a lot of hunters, which ones have outfitters, etc.they will all have hunters in them, no one can predict the amount but you will probably have company--again, if ya have a great area like ya do then you are set--you have it figured out and folks should be asking you where to go!
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