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Old 09-16-2020, 05:06 AM   #11 (permalink)
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...great the way they are.

People only want change for selfish, beneficial gain. What benefits you, won’t benefit others. You don’t need the rut to kill an elk with a bow. Figure out how to be successful with the seasons we currently have. It’s not that hard if you put a little effort into it.
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Old 09-16-2020, 06:22 AM   #12 (permalink)
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"(insert subject here) needs to be changed."


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. I favor the ML hunts myself, so lets give the ML guys the prime time Elk rut season.
ML LE elk has the best rut dates already.

I think the DWR has struck a pretty good balance between all users.
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Old 09-16-2020, 07:24 AM   #14 (permalink)
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They also shouldn’t have hounds running at the same time as the archery season

Not only should hounds be restricted during the archery hunt, but so should the following:

upland game hunting
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Require a minimum of 10 years prior experience hunting a specific area before being allowed to hunt said area. Unless you are a local. Locals exclude all people that live along the Wasatch Front.
all hunts should be conducted during the rut. But really only archery.


While we're at it: Utah needs to restrict antler gathering during the spring turkey hunts.
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Old 09-16-2020, 08:18 AM   #15 (permalink)
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They also shouldn’t have hounds running at the same time as the archery season

Not only should hounds be restricted during the archery hunt, but so should the following:

upland game hunting
scouting for later hunts
general hiking (including straight, LGBTQ, or otherwise)
photography
ATV riding. In particular, ATV riding in areas closed to ATVs. But all those Razors running up and down the highway should be restricted too.
camping by non hunters.
guides
Cattle grazing
cattle gathering
cattle in general. + sheep
Require a minimum of 10 years prior experience hunting a specific area before being allowed to hunt said area. Unless you are a local. Locals exclude all people that live along the Wasatch Front.
all hunts should be conducted during the rut. But really only archery.


While we're at it: Utah needs to restrict antler gathering during the spring turkey hunts.
Now you’re talkin! 😂
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Old 09-16-2020, 08:20 AM   #16 (permalink)
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...great the way they are.

People only want change for selfish, beneficial gain. What benefits you, won’t benefit others. You don’t need the rut to kill an elk with a bow. Figure out how to be successful with the seasons we currently have. It’s not that hard if you put a little effort into it.
Of course, it’s human nature to want to make things better for yourself and no, the ruts not needed to kill an elk but it sure would be fun.
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If anyone wants to hunt elk in the rut, apply for an elk hunt in the rut. Everyone can already do that. You could even still use your bow to do it.

Join the club!
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Old 09-16-2020, 08:44 AM   #18 (permalink)
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the season dates are set up pretty well to maximize profitability. why would you want to change it?
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Of course, it’s human nature to want to make things better for yourself and no, the ruts not needed to kill an elk but it sure would be fun.
Hunt the extended. Apply for any legal weapon permits. There’s ways to still hunt the rut.

Last I checked (a couple weeks ago). By September 1, you can call bulls in with cow calls. Most years, you get 10ish days to hunt any bull units with OTC tags during the beginning of the rut with your bow. The opportunity is there. But it will never be good enough for most guys. You’ll never make everyone happen. The season that we have now is great. Provides opportunity for the people willing to work for it.
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Old 09-16-2020, 10:20 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Current season dates are just fine. Every western state has pluses and minuses for season dates and lengths. Nothing is going to make everyone happy so I say leave as is, because if ya do change it it's going to tick of someone else and then here we are again. I have even learned to kinda like the floating hunt dates that line up with weekends all based off that general deer hunt being the third weekend in October. Some years you get better dates for archery and some years better for rifle or ML depending on your preferences. For long term planning it can be a nice feature. If someone was sitting on a good amount of LE Elk points and wanted the best rut archery season dates then next year is the time to cash them in as apposed to this year where I would say the Muzzy loader has probably the best LE Elk season dates. High country early archery mule deer had good season dates this year and so on.

If archers did get their way and hunted elk all of September then be prepared for the huge increase in point creep! Every coin has two sides.

I have learned to like Utah's seasons over the years as I have gotten older. I used to think they were ridiculous but you have to look outside yourself and know that it's all a compromise and it makes more sense.
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