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Familiarity with Sawtooth Nat. Forest?

1890 Views 4 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  blacklabsmatter
Hey and good morning folks. My first post as a new UT resident, so your patience is appreciated if this topic has been discussed to death already.

I've got a Box Elder deer tag and have spent some time with my BLM map and Google Earth looking for public access into Sawtooth. I went up to Clear Creek campground three times to scout and maybe bag a grouse, and it's beautiful land with some decent deer sign in the areas I was poking around.

My question is that since this area is pretty easy to get to from Tremonton and I-84, does it turn into a zoo up here come opening day? As folks with more local knowledge, would you consider looking for other areas of public access into the Sawtooth for example, and have you any ideas where these might be?

I'm up to put in the work and hike and I'm not after anyone's honey hole. It's the wife and kids that expect me to go to work each day and not drive the perimeter of the forest peeking up canyons for access. I'd ask for help with that situation but that's something not unique to Box Elder county I'm guessing :grin:

Thanks for the read and happy hunting!
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Yes...the Sawtooth NF (Raft River Mtns) will be very crowded. That said, there are lots of deer, so if you're not a picky person, getting a deer is very possible with some work. Crowds won't be so bad after the opening weekend thru the following Thurs, so if you can hunt Tues thru Thurs.(knowing opening weekend is hard to not hunt), you'd see ALOT less pressure.
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