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I've been muzzleloader buck hunting in Utah for about 5 years now. I am always irritated that the general season muzzleloader deer hunt directly follows the LE Elk any legal weapon hunt. By the time a muzzleloader hunter is in the woods the bucks have changed their habits drastically as a result of the LE Elk hunt which is essentially a rifle hunt. I would like to see muzzleloader seasons be the first to follow the archery season.

I spoke with a UDWR person about this, they suggested attending the the November RAC meetings to voice my opinion and suggest a change of dates. Inputs from the regional RAC meetings go directly to the December UDWR board meeting where season dates are discussed and set. I'm planning to attend the November12th Central Regional RAC at the Civic Center at 110 South Main Street, Springville at 6:30 PM. Would anyone be interested in showing group force to get the general buck muzzleloader season changed to follow directly after the archery season?
 

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I would rather see the ML go back to November personally.... Good luck having ML start immediately after the archery. If it started the following wednesday (16th) it would run to the 24th. That is AFTER LE has started. No one will ever want to push these special seasons back, out of the rut...
 

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I don't think the Le elk rifle hunt is hurting the ML deer hunt much at all. There aren't a ton of LE rifle hunters. I think it is just the changing pattern of the deer . They have shed the velvet and are hard horned and many have split off from the early bachelor groups. and if it's a hot september, than that just makes it even tougher.
 

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Nah, the bucks change their habits more from going from Velvet to Hard horned more than any LE elk pressure. Happens every year right around the 2nd week in sept. Antlers harden up and the bucks start disappearing into thicker brush (I assume because velvet is sensitive to being bumped / scrapped on brush).

I see this year after year in spots where there are lots of deer but ZERO elk, once that velvet comes off they change patterns. Its one major reason I never scout much before the ML hunt starts.

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I dont think i has any effect on the deer what so ever. There are very few hunters out chasing elk with rifles. A non issue as far as im concerned. I love the way it is set up now.
 

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Thanks to all of you for expressing your thoughts. The RAC sounds like it would be a waste of my time. Guess I'll just go hunt and forget about being irritated. It seems reasonable that the bucks are less brush sensitive by late September. Plus around that time the acorns in the oak brush are ready. In the Wasatch Mtns, West unit there are 232 LE Elk tags this year, not too many given the area, compared to 866 muzzleloader tags, and 4194 rifle tags. Wonder how many bucks are actually in this unit.

A few years ago I muzzleloader hunted the southern portion of this unit from horseback and from ATV and did some hikes into rough terraine. The only buck I saw was a three point hanging in someones camp. Three weeks before the hunt I had easily seen 5-6 bucks from 4x4 down. This year I'm hunting the northern portion. Between eyes and game camera I have seen 8-9 bucks. But wonder if it will be the same. The northern portion is less open, much thicker country. And has anyone noticed that the General Buck muzzleloader season gets the full moon, I'm hoping for clouds, and some rain/snow?
 

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My experience is that the deer get more pressure from guys scouting than they do from LE elk hunters. Archers get them out of their routine also. All good though, we need to share the great outdoors and the experience with everyone.

I'd expect to see 5-15 different bucks each scouting trip in the unit. At least where I hunt, which seems to be where everyone else hunts too.... Good luck on your hunt, there are lots of deer around this year to chase.
 

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You're going to have 865 of the 866 ppl hunting with you in the northern part of the unit. Good luck. The other guy has to work.
 

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Packout - care to share where it is that you see 5-15 bucks every scouting trip?
You really think someone's going to give out a honey hole on the internet to a guy with 3 posts???

Get high, get off the road, use good glass and you can see bucks in alot of places. Do your own legwork.

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Get high, get off the road, use good glass and you can see bucks in alot of places. Do your own legwork.

-DallanC[/quote]

:V|: A wise man once said "Hike until you see the Ptarmigan and then........" well I can't really remember the rest so I say start there and then if you shoot one of those Ptarmigan and post some pictures you can get some sort of credential points. On that note......if you do happen to make it to the Ptarmigan you'll also most likely be out of the crowds.
 

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I was just up in the northern part of the area tonight. Sat and glassed and watched 7 trucks and 3 utv's drive past a herd of 6 bucks. Watched them for over an hr. Nobody even stopped and we saw them from the road initially so they were visible. No one wants to do any work. I'm betting 3/4 of the trucks were hunters. They aren't that hard to find.
 

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There are bucks everywhere this year. We have been seeing 10 to 35 bucks a day and several of them are big. I find some people are simply looking in all the wrong places.

I don't want to see the muzzy hunt changed but wouldn't mind seeing the LE rifle hunt changed. If you avoid the weekends and put some effort in you will see bucks. The deer are pretty much in the same area you find them early season but their more nocturnal.
 

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I've been muzzleloader buck hunting in Utah for about 5 years now. I am always irritated that the general season muzzleloader deer hunt directly follows the LE Elk any legal weapon hunt. By the time a muzzleloader hunter is in the woods the bucks have changed their habits drastically as a result of the LE Elk hunt which is essentially a rifle hunt. I would like to see muzzleloader seasons be the first to follow the archery season.

I spoke with a UDWR person about this, they suggested attending the the November RAC meetings to voice my opinion and suggest a change of dates. Inputs from the regional RAC meetings go directly to the December UDWR board meeting where season dates are discussed and set. I'm planning to attend the November12th Central Regional RAC at the Civic Center at 110 South Main Street, Springville at 6:30 PM. Would anyone be interested in showing group force to get the general buck muzzleloader season changed to follow directly after the archery season?
The rifle hunters don't effect the muzzy hunt that much. You go to units with hardly any or no elk mule deer change their habits their to. Archery hunters spook deer to. Sounds like an excuse don't like the idea of going after fellow hunters and fighting each other over season dates
 

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I agree 100% about moving the general muzzle deer back to November. When I was in high school about the time inlines came out and the hunt was still in Nov. Giant bucks were being shot ever year and I think that has some reason why they changed it in the first place because it was so much easier with the new guns to kill the monsters. I love hunting with inlines but I would be willing to go back to cap and ball if I could hunt in Nov.again. Peace
 
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