Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The way things are headed................

We spent 5 days on the Beaver unit here in Utah during the muzzleloader hunt. I have to say, if Utah was my only option as a place to hunt deer, I honestly think I would retire from deer hunting. Things have sure changed in the past 15 years. 15 years ago, a guy could find a few really good bucks in the area. Now, you're hard pressed to find a 2 year old buck.

The elk are doing great down there! Lots of what I consider Big Bulls, but obviously my idea of big is far different than most and the UDWR, because although there are many 6x6 bulls that will die of old age, there are still very few tags available.
Management by inches. Maybe with so many 400+ bulls being killed, we'll see 1-2 more tags in some of these better elk units???

In 5 days, I saw only one 4 point buck. I will admit, I saw lots of does, fawns, and yearling bucks. BUT, with ATV trails and roads everywhere, I would imagine that most of those yearling bucks will be spending the winter in someones freezer.
Roads & ATV trails everywhere!! It's crazy!

I hate to see it!! I was down there helping dad find a big bull, but all I could think about was the deer and how things have changed. It's hard to hear about all the GIANT bulls that are being killed on the mountain, while seeing that the deer quantity and quality has tanked so much over the past 15 years.

Brian Latturner

And look at the cost of a deer tag compared to that of an elk tag.

Idaho- non-resident
deer- 258.50
ELK- 372.50

Nevada- non-resident

deer- 240.00
ELK- 1200.00......Someone please tell me this is wrong!

Wyoming- non-resident

deer- 261.00
ELK- 481.00

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