View Full Version : Maybe to lucky

05-31-2012, 06:31 AM
I found out on May 25th that I was lucky enough to draw a Nevada archery bull elk tag for area 072/074 this year and I am a happy camper. Then on May 30th I found out that I was lucky enough to draw an archery bull elk tag for Utah in the San Juan area. I am not able to hire guides so these hunts will be DIY hunts and I am thinking of turning one back in and only hunting one place this year. I was wondering what elk tag is harder to come by the Nevada tag that I had 6 preference points to get, or the Utah tag that i had 11 preference points to draw. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

05-31-2012, 08:04 AM
Wow, I hope you promptly went out and bought a lottery ticket... Looks like you had less than a 1% chance of drawing the San Juan tag, and your odds weren't much better for the Nevada tag.. You can give one to me, if you want.

05-31-2012, 08:23 AM
Ya that's a tough one. Maybe it should come down to which area you can spend the most amount of time in scouting and preparing for the hunt.

05-31-2012, 04:05 PM
Ya I'd go with the one closest to your home, do you can spend the most time there and be more successful!

05-31-2012, 04:41 PM
I would drop the NV tag and go Utah. It is a harder tag to draw so go with that one. Then you have another bonus point for Elk in NV so you have a good chance of drawing next year.

Rock 2.0
05-31-2012, 09:54 PM
Wow, congrats bowhuntn, two elk tags, you have the best nightmare on your hands!

Muleys 24/7
05-31-2012, 10:20 PM
I don't know much about the Nv tag but I would go with the Utah tag, I'm not sure what state you live in but the San Jaun area only issues 2 non-res Archery tags per year and usually takes 15 points to draw. San Jaun is the best archery unit in Utah with good public land access and 370+ potential. San Jaun is also known to hold alot of bulls.

Did a little research on the Nv tag, Also a great unit but the info from a reliable sorce states that bigger bulls get taken out of San Jaun then Nv, 72/74

Wish you the best of luck and a great hunt!

06-01-2012, 12:47 AM
Well, the Nv tag seems like a tougher tag to get with those points you have and then you gotta consider the long wait until you can apply for elk again in Nv, but the bigger bulls one might think would be on that Utah hunt... I would go with the area you have dreamed of hunting the most... You're gut will steer you right!

07-05-2012, 12:08 PM
I would say no brainer!!!! GO to UTAH!!! Hands down

Good luck!!

07-06-2012, 06:44 AM
good god! i thought i lucked out drawing idahos super tag for elk, san juan really? i agree with the others utah!!! ull get the nevada tag again if i were u id focus on utah unless u know nevada really well. congrats and good luck cant wait till u post pics of ur harvest

07-06-2012, 02:06 PM
I'm from utah and have hunted that unit several times for deer and i'm here to tell you san jaun is like going to the zoo the elk herd is great and the quality of animals is second to none a resident has a hard time to draw that tag they only give 5 a year. If it were me and didn't know the area elk ridge(san jaun) would be my choice. you will be glad you did...good luck

07-06-2012, 02:20 PM
wonder if this drought had guys worried? and app numbers down...?

if you turn your tag back in are your pts restored in both states?

are both tags/seasons different times? If different weeks, I think I'd make both happen! watch you come home with 2 bulls over 350" in one year!

07-06-2012, 05:14 PM
with those tags and a little money you could come home with 2 bull sover 380. im excited for ya

10-03-2012, 09:24 PM
Utah Bull 6x6, Great hunt lots of fun lots of Bulls bugling from opening day hope the picts come thru.
Hunted 12 days in Utah 4 days in Nevada missed a big 6x8 in Nevada (hit a tree) tag soup.

Utah hunt was awesome chased elk every day ranging from big 6x7's at 70 yards, out of my range had a few nice 6x6's to many trees and bushes in the way, Had a big 7x7 running straight at me caught me drawing my bow at 10 yards I thought he would run me over. Finally morning hunt had this nice 6x6 at 50 yards standing behind a small bush bugling every two or three minutes, I thought that I would sneek in another 5 yards to make it a chip shot at 50 yards got busted by two cows that I had not seen. That afternoon I snuck back in the area I could hear the bull Bugling like crazy and they were headed for a wallow at the end of a canyon. I took off trying to beat them to the wallow the wind was not in my favor so I had to back off. I sat around for about an hour waiting for the wind to settle on which direction it was going to blow. The wind finally changed to my favor the bull was still up by the wallow bugling like crazy, I made my way to the bottom of the canyon and headed up. I came to the park with the wallow in the upper end I could hear the bugles, I could see a few cows in the trees on the far side of the park but could not find the bull. I started across the park made it maybe twenty yards heard another bugle from the bull, as i looked over I saw the top of his antlers move he was laying down in the same park that I was sneeking across. I got pretty excited at this point I got my range finder and ranged the bull the range finder said 70 yards, as the bull started to stand up I thought there is no way it is 70 yards away, the bull turned his head to look towards the cows and I thought he was turning to walk into the trees so I drew my bow and shot putting the bull vitals between my 50 and 60 yard pin and let er fly. I did not see my arrow hit the bull but it sounded good, the bull took 4 steps and layed down. I thought did I just miss that bull, all I could see was his antlers above the grass, I could not believe he wasn't dead, I watched him for about 10 minutes nocked another arrow and started sneeking towards him the cows were still in the trees and a couple were in the park farther up the canyon about 60 yards away a soon as I could see the bulls body i could see my arrow his antlers were leaning against a dead tree keeping them from laying over. My arrow hit it make right in the heart. Needless to say I was a happy camper.
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10-03-2012, 09:25 PM
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