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Old 10-12-2020, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Quick question. I have a late season muzzleloader tag (Oct 28th-Nov 5th) and have found some areas I am happy with. The question I have is how much of an elevation change will the deer make between now and the 28th? Should I be at 6,000 ft, or 9,000 ft?
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Quick question. I have a late season muzzleloader tag (Oct 28th-Nov 5th) and have found some areas I am happy with. The question I have is how much of an elevation change will the deer make between now and the 28th? Should I be at 6,000 ft, or 9,000 ft?
Depends on the area and the weather. I know that seems like a non-answer, but you would be wise to have areas scouted throughout that range in the event that weather comes in or they decide to migrate to the lower elevations just before or during your hunt.

I would assume you would have some of the bigger bucks starting to show up and hang around the does at that point too. Would be a fun tag to have.

Good luck, and let us know how it turns out.
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Definitely depends on the unit. If it is a southern unit those snowbirds are probably headed for warmer pastures.

In most of the northern units they are not going to move much until the snow forces them down. At least that has been my experience. But then most my hunting is around 7500'
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Thanks for the feedback. It doesn't feel like a non answer. It confirms what I was thinking. I will of course update everyone if I connect with something!
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I shot my buck Saturday at nearly 10500 in 4/5/6, they are still high, and whatever snowfall we got Sunday isn't really enough to push them. I've heard tell of people who hunt up LCC say there is a 3 foot rule, before the bucks really start migrating down.
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I shot my buck Saturday at nearly 10500 in 4/5/6, they are still high, and whatever snowfall we got Sunday isn't really enough to push them. I've heard tell of people who hunt up LCC say there is a 3 foot rule, before the bucks really start migrating down.
And there are other areas in Utah that the deer are on their winter grounds already

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Quick question. I have a late season muzzleloader tag (Oct 28th-Nov 5th) and have found some areas I am happy with. The question I have is how much of an elevation change will the deer make between now and the 28th? Should I be at 6,000 ft, or 9,000 ft?
i had that tag a few years back, noticed lots of bucks heading toward the winter range without any weather pushing them. It's a super fun hunt. I'd pick it again over almost any other LE tag.
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It all depends on the area the deer are in.
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I shot my buck Saturday at nearly 10500 in 4/5/6, they are still high, and whatever snowfall we got Sunday isn't really enough to push them. I've heard tell of people who hunt up LCC say there is a 3 foot rule, before the bucks really start migrating down.
i spend about 300 days a year in LCC. each year is different. i've seen slow starts to winter that result in deer at 11k in january. i've also seen them bail unexpectedly early with little snow, presumably to chase doe and find better feed.
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When hunting for most anything, elevation is way down the list of indicators of location. Food, water, cover...habitat. If you notice, most of the guys are saying..."well, it all depends"
The one exception to these rules is the presence of people.

As one old Italian hunting partner once told me about hunting elk..."You looka low and you looka high in the mahogany bush"
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