I was just browsing the forum and saw your elk from last year. Sweet bull! If you don't mind me asking, were you on public land when you got him?
I'm planning on my first archery hunt this year. My in-laws have a small piece of land by Navajo that I can camp on while scouting this summer. I've just heard too many members of the forum mention that there aren't many elk on the Zion unit, and those that are, are on private property. I'd really be happy to shoot any elk, doesnt have to be a bull. To clarify, I'm not asking you to share any secrets or anything, just curious if it was on public as it would give me a little hope in the unit. Any tips or information you are willing to provide are greatly appreciated.
I was hunting south of Monroe on Poverty Flat. We only hunted about 2 hours and saw about 15 rabbits...if my boy was a little older, we probably would have killed more than the 4 we ended up getting. If I were you, I would head towards Minersville and hunt around Parowan Gap. We used to go hunt out there about every Thanksgiving and kill lots...although I have hunted out there for a few years, I still bet there are a fair number. Just start driving towards Minersville until you get to the Parowan Gap turn off and then drive the dirt road until you are about a half mile or so of the Gap. Then, hunt either side of the highway. We used to hunt south of the road and push the rabbits until we came to an open area with little sage....at that point the rabbits would be running everywhere and it was a lot of fun. I don't know, but I bet it would still be somewhat similar.
If you have facebook....go find me and send a friend request www.facebook.com/shawnleonspring . Look through my albums "Animals That Look Good Next To Ketchup" all of those are from Panguitch Lake and if you draw that tag, I'm happy to help you out as much as I can. My trailer is in that area from early spring till late fall in different places.
I've filled my two tags for dedicated and have my third year coming so I'm sitting out 2014 deer except for my son who I'll take out on the muzzy. Won't be hard helping him fill his first tag.
The Beaver Muzzy is a good one, but most people on that unit that are familiar with it are stingy and overly protective of their "spots". Some of the biggest bulls taken in Utah this year, on or next to Pang. I"m still not too confident with the Monroe, although I can't wait to spend a few days over there chasing spikes with my bow for the spike-o-rama!!!! Either way, good luck! I can't get enough elk hunting!