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Hey, any of ya ever hunt this unit? Don't have a tag or anything just looking for a little info. Feel free to PM me. Would really like to talk to someone who has hunted the unit before. Thanks in advance.
 

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elk or deer? For elk - it sucks! It used to be pretty good up until a few years ago when the DWR opened up the north end and slaughtered all of the bigger bulls. It hasn't been the same since. There are still a few decent bulls on the unit, but numbers are VERY low. The DWR actually wanted to turn it into a general season elk unit this year, and I am sure they will get their way eventually.

Like many of the deer units in the state, it holds some good bucks. It is a relatively small unit and has a relatively small number of deer as well. The terrain can be VERY rough! I've seen some good bucks killed and I also know of many who have had tags that never killed a deer.
 

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Thanks I was more curious about the elk and how opening the northern portion had affected it. Sounds like it didnt work out so well. I'm sure if they want it open bull it wont be long until it is. Thanks for the reply.
 

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The DWR tried to make it an Any-Bull unit in 2007, but it was shot down. I would say this is the poorest LE elk unit as far as numbers of quality bulls in Utah. Great unnit for big bucks though.
 

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The most recently I have hunted it for elk was in 2006 - my wife had a tag. Ran across a handfull of raghorns and 1 or 2 decent bulls. She ended up killing a very small 6X6. Archery hunted in 2001 and had pretty good success. My bro-in-law killed a 350" bull and I passed on several smaller bulls. Yeah, when they opened up the north end, after it was all said and done, the DWR said "Oopps!" They had no idea what they were doing! Like Pro said, it's the poorest quality unit for elk in the state. I think a lot of guys see the draw odds and put in, not knowing what is in store.
 

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what about the late season hunt!!! i will be hunting that unit with a family member this year anybody have any input on that season. we will not be expecting a 340 or even 330 class bull but a descent 5x5 or 6x6.(due to his health) i have been scouting on the church hills and cove fort area but i have been told it is to early in the year.do we have a shot at some bulls any prior experiance or help would be greatly appreciated
 

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Yeah, when they opened up the north end, after it was all said and done, the DWR said "Oopps!" They had no idea what they were doing! Like Pro said, it's the poorest quality unit for elk in the state. I think a lot of guys see the draw odds and put in, not knowing what is in store.
Oh, don't even buy into that crap. The DWR knew exactly what they were doing when they opened the unit up. The goal was to kill ALL the elk because a very FEW group of ranchers complained they were tearing up their crops. Many of us fought it tooth and nail right up till the day it opened, but it did no good. I don't know what the funniest part was; the DWR saying they KNEW for a fact there was only 13 bulls(can't remember the # for sure, under 20 though) or the ranchers who cried about the elk tearing up their crops and then posting their (leased)property tighter than hell and having their own little private limited entry unit. Utah lost one of the best F&G officers in the state(IMO) due to this little fiasco. Sorry for the rant but this still ticks me off. I echo what the others say, quality bulls are few and far between.

Legacy-- Are you from the Oak City side, Nephi side or just knowledgeable of the area? Just curious....
 

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what about the late season hunt!!! i will be hunting that unit with a family member this year anybody have any input on that season. we will not be expecting a 340 or even 330 class bull but a descent 5x5 or 6x6.(due to his health) i have been scouting on the church hills and cove fort area but i have been told it is to early in the year.do we have a shot at some bulls any prior experiance or help would be greatly appreciated
The late season can be good if the snow is deep enough to push elk off the Pahvant onto the unit.
 

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legacy said:
Yeah, when they opened up the north end, after it was all said and done, the DWR said "Oopps!" They had no idea what they were doing! Like Pro said, it's the poorest quality unit for elk in the state. I think a lot of guys see the draw odds and put in, not knowing what is in store.
Oh, don't even buy into that crap. The DWR knew exactly what they were doing when they opened the unit up. The goal was to kill ALL the elk because a very FEW group of ranchers complained they were tearing up their crops. Many of us fought it tooth and nail right up till the day it opened, but it did no good. I don't know what the funniest part was; the DWR saying they KNEW for a fact there was only 13 bulls(can't remember the # for sure, under 20 though) or the ranchers who cried about the elk tearing up their crops and then posting their (leased)property tighter than hell and having their own little private limited entry unit. Utah lost one of the best F&G officers in the state(IMO) due to this little fiasco. Sorry for the rant but this still ticks me off. I echo what the others say, quality bulls are few and far between.

Legacy-- Are you from the Oak City side, Nephi side or just knowledgeable of the area? Just curious....
No, I agree with you on that 100% and that is pretty much how it went down. It was the biggest joke I have ever seen. And yes, they "claimed" that there was only a hand full of bulls, so that was the justification for opening the entire north end of the unit.

gwailow, my mom is from Delta and my dad is from Oak City, although I grew up in West Jordan. We've spent a lot of time down around Oak City and on the unit.
 

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and i ll bet the opening of spike bulls on the limited entry units will follow along the same path. i cannot find anyone who thinks that this idea was a good one (not even a couple of dwr officers i talked to) if i had drawn a archery tag on the oquirh/standsbury unit i would have to be turning it in. its hard enough to hunt with the general archery for deer i cant
beleive how bad its gonna be when you get the spike and cow archery hunters involfed
 
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