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Umpqua Hunter
05-18-2012, 04:09 PM
My credit card just got hit in Utah. My wife and I both applied for muzzleloader mule deer in the San Juan Elk Ridge area, so one of us drew that tag. The unit looks good on "paper" and has very high hunter success. We had low points (I had 5 points and my wife had 2) and it looked like a good place to apply. Another reason we applied there is that I am in the max point pool for the early rifle elk tag, so if we drew deer first it would give us some scouting time for a future elk tag. I should draw elk within the next 5 years. If you have hunted this unit and are willing to share some info to get us pointed in the right direction for our deer hunt, I would greatly appreciate it.

RUTTIN
05-18-2012, 05:51 PM
Sorry I don't have any info for ya, as I am from northern Utah, just wanted to say Congrats on the tag!

Umpqua Hunter
05-18-2012, 06:38 PM
Sorry I don't have any info for ya, as I am from northern Utah, just wanted to say Congrats on the tag!

Thanks Ruttin. I apply in Utah every year and the last tag was in 1994 so it will be good to be back.

bowhuntn
06-07-2012, 11:02 AM
I drew the San Juan archery elk tag and will be scouting some where in the area. I am not sure where i will be hunting as I have not been there yet. If I run across any big bucks i will let you know.

Colorado Cowboy
06-07-2012, 12:17 PM
If you get down around Monticello, theres lot of big bucks and elk too in all the farmers fields. Great to look at, but impossible to get permission to hunt!

hoytnut
06-11-2012, 11:13 PM
Permission issues aside, the area around Monticello is a general season unit and the fields east and north of town are, for the most part, in CWMU units.

HuntWYODon
07-11-2012, 04:29 PM
U H,
You drew a great tag !
I've hunted the Abaho Mtn./Blue Mtns. evry year since 1996. This is the first time in 30 yrs. I didn't apply for a hunt in Ut.
You are right next to them. The breeding grounds. The quality of the bucks and numbers have gone down in that area
but I don't think you have anything to worry about. I'm sure you will see some nice bucks in San Jaun/Elk Ridge unit.
I've drawn The Book Cliffs Roadless deer hunt in 2004 and believe it or not, drew 1 of 2 Book Cliffs Roadless elk hunts at the Sportsman's Convention in 2009 ! I'm banking pts. for a San Jaun Elk Ridge deer hunt myself ! Have 6 now I believe. Drew The Book's tag with 6 pts...
Hope you or your wife drop a monster. Sept.. Awesome time to be in the woods !

Umpqua Hunter
07-11-2012, 05:57 PM
U H,
You drew a great tag !
I've hunted the Abaho Mtn./Blue Mtns. evry year since 1996. This is the first time in 30 yrs. I didn't apply for a hunt in Ut.
You are right next to them. The breeding grounds. The quality of the bucks and numbers have gone down in that area
but I don't think you have anything to worry about. I'm sure you will see some nice bucks in San Jaun/Elk Ridge unit.
I've drawn The Book Cliffs Roadless deer hunt in 2004 and believe it or not, drew 1 of 2 Book Cliffs Roadless elk hunt at the Sportsman's Convention in 2009 ! I'm banking pts. for a San Jaun Elk Ridge deer hunt myself ! Have 6 now I believe. Drew The Book's tag with 6 pts...
Hope you or your wife drop a monster. Sept.. Awesome time to be in the woods !

Thanks HWD...

We are looking forward to it! I've been working up a load for my muzzleloader and just got an Aimpoint scope for my b-day that will be mounted on it for the hunt. Should be a good shooting set-up.

HuntWYODon
07-11-2012, 06:03 PM
I have owned muzzle loaders for years but hardly ever shoot them and have never killed any thing with one.
Would like to one day. Have applied for a few hunts but not drawn . You drew a dandy !
I haven't talked to you for a year or so !

Umpqua Hunter
09-20-2012, 12:52 PM
We are leaving on Sunday for my wife's muzzleloader mule deer hunt on the San Juan/Elk Ridge. We have two core areas identified, one on the north end of Elk Ridge, the other on the south end. Has anybody been in there in the last few weeks during the archery or early rifle elk hunt? If so would you be willing to share what you have seen for deer.

Muleys 24/7
09-20-2012, 10:13 PM
Hope you find what your looking for, Good luck

HuntWYODon
09-23-2012, 07:07 PM
Good Luck Ump ! Hope she knocks down a wall hanger ! I didn't hunt the Abaho Mtn. area this year so I can't tell you. First time since 1996 and first time not hunting Utah since 1983. Was a good call for me though. I love that area. Has gone down hill a little but still one of the best places to find a big buck and the best time of the year to hunt ! Bet you see some big bull elk in there.... :)

Muleys 24/7
11-23-2012, 08:02 PM
Hey UH, how did the hunt go?

Umpqua Hunter
11-23-2012, 09:57 PM
Hey Muleys...she got her buck.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g437/jimcaddock/IMG_3344.jpg

RUTTIN
11-23-2012, 10:02 PM
Nice deer, tell her congrats!

Muleys 24/7
11-24-2012, 05:04 PM
Very nice buck! Thanks for sharin. Tell her congrats. Did you see alot of elk?

Umpqua Hunter
11-24-2012, 06:13 PM
Thanks guys! Muleys...as far as the elk we saw 3 bulls. We heard just a few miles north of where we were deer hunting, the elk were going nuts.

HuntWYODon
11-26-2012, 12:42 PM
Great buck ! Way to go !

sjsmallfield
11-29-2012, 03:45 PM
Great lookin buck Umpqua. Tell your wife congrats. Man you guys take great field photos!

Kevin Root
11-29-2012, 04:25 PM
Congratulations to your wife Umpqua Hunter. That's one nice buck, great picture and surly an awesome memory for you both!

Iowan
06-11-2013, 04:16 PM
Hey UH

I drew the same unit for the any weapon hunt 2013. I was hoping to pick your brain a little as I try to determine how to approach this hunt. Send me a PM if you would please and I will contact you if you are willing to help.

Thanks

Drhorsepower
06-11-2013, 04:46 PM
Hey UH

I drew the same unit for the any weapon hunt 2013. I was hoping to pick your brain a little as I try to determine how to approach this hunt. Send me a PM if you would please and I will contact you if you are willing to help.

Thanks

I lost count guys sorry.

velvetfvr
06-11-2013, 05:08 PM
I lost count guys sorry.

Same here, lets start with 16.


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Muleys 24/7
06-11-2013, 06:36 PM
Ok, 16 it is. I thought there was a couple more I seen?? Oh well:cool:

Umpqua Hunter
06-11-2013, 06:56 PM
Hey UH

I drew the same unit for the any weapon hunt 2013. I was hoping to pick your brain a little as I try to determine how to approach this hunt. Send me a PM if you would please and I will contact you if you are willing to help.

Thanks

Iowan, I just sent you a message from your message on another forum.

HuntWYODon
06-25-2013, 03:46 PM
[QUOTE=Muleys 24/7;54776]Ok, 16 it is. I thought there was a couple more I seen?? Oh well:cool:[/QUOTE

WTF are you counting ? LOL !

HuntWYODon
06-27-2013, 06:01 PM
Now I know.... :)

sjsmallfield
06-29-2013, 08:17 PM
Now I know.... :)

You're getting slow in your old age Don. ;)