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I don't have enough LE elk hunting experience to have any kind of an opinion at all, and I know things are always changing. Based on forum talk, however, I would imagine it might look something like this:

1) San Juan
2) Pahvant
3) Beaver
4) Boulder
5) Monroe

How'd I do? What changes would you make?
 

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I don't have any experience on these top end units (and likely never will), but here's the order they are in by the 2015 drawing results:

Archery: Monroe, San Juan, Beaver, Boulder, Pahvant
Early Rifle: Monroe, Pahvant, San Juan, Beaver, SW Desert
Late Rifle: Monroe, Pahvant, Beaver, San Juan, Boulder
Muzzleloader: Monroe, San Juan, Beaver, Boulder, Pahvant
 

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Yep, those 5-6 are it. Crazy thing is that you can have a stellar hunt on the next tier of units down, yet there are those that will put in until retirement age to hunt one of the top 5 or 6 units. Oh well, better odds for the rest of us on the "lesser" units!
 

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I don't have any experience on these top end units (and likely never will), but here's the order they are in by the 2015 drawing results:

Archery: Monroe, San Juan, Beaver, Boulder, Pahvant
Early Rifle: Monroe, Pahvant, San Juan, Beaver, SW Desert
Late Rifle: Monroe, Pahvant, Beaver, San Juan, Boulder
Muzzleloader: Monroe, San Juan, Beaver, Boulder, Pahvant
Interesting Monroe is top on all those.
Spider bull residue?? :D
 

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I don't know how derekp figured those ranks, but if it is on difficulty of draw the Monroe just doesn't have that many tags anymore. That would impact it a lot.
 

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The 2016 Anecdotal ranks of LE Elk

1. Pahvant

2. San Juan

3. Book Cliffs Roadless

4. Beaver

5. Boulder

6. Book Cliffs Bitter Creek

7. Southwest Desert

8. Monroe

9. Panguitch Lake

10. Dutton

11. Fish Lake

12. Manti

13. Wasatch

14. Cache South

15. La Sal

16. Nebo

17. Stansbury

18. Three Corners

19. Deep Creek

20. Anthro

21. Pilot Mountain

22. Diamond Mountain

23. Cache North

24. Grouse Creek

25. Cache Meadowville

26. Paunsaugunt

All of the above rankings were made up on the spot. :mrgreen:
 

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I don't know how derekp figured those ranks, but if it is on difficulty of draw the Monroe just doesn't have that many tags anymore. That would impact it a lot.
I based it off difficulty to draw because that to me seems like a good indication of popularity... which in turn means reputation of quality. I have no first hand experience otherwise.

Monroe and Beaver both offer about the same number of tags... very few.
 

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I don't know every single unit out there, but the ones I do know here's how I'd rank my ability to have a shot at a +360" bull:

1. **** Sorry guys, I'll spill the beans after the application period is over! My guide (with the move, no time to scout) has some AWESOME bulls that he's watched after the seasons ended this year.
2. La Sal (if you know where to go, what to do, it is simply amazing)
3. Beaver
4. Manti
5. Southwest Desert
 

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My top 5 for 2016-----Best shot at a DIY 360+ bull.

1) San Juan

2) Boulder

3) Beaver

4) Pahvant

5) Book cliffs

The quality on units do change,
For many years Monroe and the Book Cliffs were the top dogs..

Both the Dutton and Fishlake were in that top mix for a few years....

Nebo was a sleeper, then got knocked down for a few years, now recovering nicely.

The Wasatch was awesome for over a decade, not so much any more...

The Manti is a unit that comes to mind as being verily steady over the years.
 

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You guys that like the SW Desert need to figure out how to get the ranchers
under control that are responsible for the huge increase in cow permits.

If they continue, the SWD unit will be headed down the same road as the Wasatch .
 

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The 2016 Anecdotal ranks of LE Elk

1. Pahvant

2. San Juan

3. Book Cliffs Roadless

4. Beaver

5. Boulder

6. Book Cliffs Bitter Creek

7. Southwest Desert

8. Monroe

9. Panguitch Lake

10. Dutton

11. Fish Lake

12. Manti

13. Wasatch

14. Cache South

15. La Sal

16. Nebo

17. Stansbury

18. Three Corners

19. Deep Creek

20. Anthro

21. Pilot Mountain

22. Diamond Mountain

23. Cache North

24. Grouse Creek

25. Cache Meadowville

26. Paunsaugunt

All of the above rankings were made up on the spot. :mrgreen:
Pine Valley didn't even make the list.
 

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I don't know every single unit out there, but the ones I do know here's how I'd rank my ability to have a shot at a +360" bull:

1. **** Sorry guys, I'll spill the beans after the application period is over! My guide (with the move, no time to scout) has some AWESOME bulls that he's watched after the seasons ended this year.
2. La Sal (if you know where to go, what to do, it is simply amazing)
3. Beaver
4. Manti
5. Southwest Desert
That's easy. your # 1 is San Juan.:grin:
 

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Oaker/Standsberry should be somewhere near the top.;-)
Nobody gets my sense of humor!:sad:
For the record, the DWR flew the Stansburys a few weeks ago and found 37 elk on the mountain range.
I'd be putting that area down at the bottom of any LE elk list.
 
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