That's what i always though until someone on here corrected me. it doesn't make a lick of sense to me but they say you can hunt any elk during the archery season thru the extended. the wasatch front is listed as spike only, correct? i must be dense because i just don't get it.Yes, on most units. Any bull units you are allowed to take any elk(Branch antlered, spike, cow, calf). Spike-only units: most you can take a spike or a cow/calf. There are a few units that are restricted to spike-only though if i'm not mistaken.
So, Utah has mixed hunts. As stated, most LE units offer general season hunters to shoot a spike or tag while the LE tag holders hunt mature bulls. On the Book Cliffs the general hunter can only hunt spikes, not a cow. And the one that people are referring to that the OP asked about I believe is the Wasatch Front general season area.
The wasatch front is a special area for bowhunters and is found within the LE Wasatch unit. Within those boundaries a bowhunter can hunt for any elk during the entire general archery and extended archery season.
If you have questions about a specific area, PM me or post it up and I will confirm it for ya.