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I drew the late season East Beaver for elk. Does anyone have advice for me? I'm thinking of concentrating on the East side. I don't live over there so I can't scout it.
 

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Not sure where the boundaries are but we ride that area extensively on our dirt bikes and have seen elk up on top where the 01 trail tops out coming out of Circleville. It's a very steep rise up out of Circleville for sure. Good luck.
 

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I have spent a little bit of time on the unit hunting deer with my wife's family, but I honestly have no clue where the elk are. All I can offer is a good luck, have fun, and I am extremely jealous.
 

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What are your goals for the hunt? Would you be happy with the experience as long as you had a chance to see/stalk some bulls? Or do you have an expectation of "I won't pull the trigger unless the bull is XXX inches"?

If you are more like the first one, then just head down, try the area above Circleville. My limited experience down that way saw lots of elk--lots. If you are really concerned about shooting a large bull, try a guide. I think High Top Outfitters has a guide that knows the unit really well.
 

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I'm somewhere in-between. I'm shooting for something around 360. I can kill something smaller than that in Oregon and have several times. I won't hire a guide. I can't spend that kind of money. If I gave my self the chance to see a monster bull and killed something between 340-360 I would consider the hunt more than a success. . . After talking to several people my question is this: Do I hunt the East or West side if I want the best chance for a monster bull (370 or larger)?
 

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Without a guide and no ability to prescout, I think it is a tall order to get a +360" bull, regardless of which side you focus on. Can it happen? Sure. I only really have any experience above Circleville in that unit, and there are plenty of elk there for sure. But it is steep, thick, and nasty. Good luck
 

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If you realistically want a 360-370 bull and don't have the means to do a lot of pre-scouting or hiring a guide, then I would take off as much time as possible before the hunt, and string together as many days on the mountain as possible. If you want an elk that big, what are you willing to give up for him? Perhaps it's just me, but I'd try to get to your hunt area 5-7 days early, and scout your tail off until the opener. If you find a 360-370 bull, camp on him and try to kill him the first day or two of the season. It may or may not get easier after that, but at least you'd have the bulk of your season to try and find another animal if it didn't work out.

Utah has a lot of good and great elk, but it's not near what it was 7-10 years ago (number and quality of big bulls). Personally, I like what the State is doing offering up more tags to move people through, but the natural effect of this is that numbers of the biggest bulls are down as more are killed each year with increased tag numbers.
 

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I'm going to do exactly that. We are going to get there 5 or 6 days early and hopefully get one spotted before season. I've also met a couple of really good guys that are willing to help.
 

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I'm leaving today for a week hunting deer... When I get back I'll pm you and then we can talk... I have some areas for you to try... Talk to you soon
 
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