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Old 07-29-2020, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey All,

New to the forum. The discussions here have been enlightening. I haven't found a discussion on this specific topic so I thought I'd make one.

I know we all can be protective over our hunting stashes, but I'm curious for some direction or enlightenment about the Kamas Unit: Archery. Has anyone got insight about hunting buck there? I'm probably only going to have the opening weekend of the 28 hunt...

Locations seem spotty and I feel like I'm looking for elk with how elusive the deer seem to be. A drive along mirror lake highway suggests I should hunt from the road.. But all my time in the backcountry I haven't seen more than a couple does in that unit. There doesn't seem to be any good timber that gets more than a couple of miles from trails and atv roads.

I've been looking into higher elevations per the biologist notes, but only find dry scat and 3-12 day old tracks. If anyone has anything to offer, I'd really appreciate it! Stay well.
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Old 07-29-2020, 03:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Tough unit. Find tracks near water and sit that water. They have to drink and it will most likely be at first or last light while it is hot.
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Thanks! Yeah, we've done a bit with that, but I think we had the wrong water. Some fresh tracks but not many. I'll keep at it. Thanks for your response.
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Old 07-29-2020, 05:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have hunted that unit off and on for many years. Tough unit for sure. You just got to keep after it until you find an area. There are some big deer there, but you gotta work hard for them and they are few and far in-between. I have my favorite spots. It has taken many years to figure out where to hunt. That is why that unit went under subscribed for so many years.
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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@bowdude, Thanks! I've read about that in another place, somewhere. I'm willing (as long as my wife is) to put in the time. I'm hoping to get lucky and find a good spot this season. If not, maybe try again next year. It's a beautiful unit one hour from the house so I'd really like to get to know the deer behavior.

Do you think that the cattle have any bearing on the buck behavior? The ranchers just barely dropped the cattle off (and the fish are currently being restocked - for those anglers)
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Old 07-31-2020, 11:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I will throw you a bone. Look at Yellow Pine lake area. It is a hike to get there and the scenery is spectacular. There used to be an outfitter who hunted that area and guided elk hunts there. He died some time ago, so I have been told. It has been a number of years since I have been there and I am too old now to hike back in anymore. I have seen a few deer, and they are generally big. If you can spend a few days in there, it could be worthwhile. It is a hike to get in though. If nothing else, the scenery is worth it. I don't think cattle really affect deer behavior. I have found them together at times.
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@bowdude, Thank you! I will have to check out that area. Yesterday I took some time to investigate the lower part of the North Fork of the Provo, probably about 5 miles up from Yellow Pine. Saw a very nice doe. I'm finding the deer at much lower elevations than I had expected. On that note, Yellow Pine makes plenty sense. Again, much appreciated. I'm a week and a half from heading in to make a spike camp. Hopefully make it 2-3 nights, unless I fill my tag.
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Bam... all I ask is you post a few pictures. Heavily pined area... beautiful. I think there are fish in the lake, so take your fishing gear. The outfitter would go in there during the gun hunt and as I remember, he used llama's. With the fire going in Murdock basin, this could be a great year for that area as the fire will be moving the animals.
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@bowdude, Of course! Thanks again. I guess we'll see what that fire is doing next week. I really hope to spot some elk too. But who knows.
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