Elk - Plateau Fishlake/Thousand Lakes Late Hunt

Tim McCoy

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Am seriously looking at this hunt. 11/10-18. Planning to bring my son and two grandkids who will be 8 and 9. Looking for high success, ease of access, and a branch bull would be fine. If the kids can watch Papa drop a nice 5x5 that would fill the bill. More about their experience than the bull, but do want to bring some meat home. So want to avoid extreme terrain. I've driven near the unit but not set foot there. We'll only make one trip there to hunt and will probably start opening day given the very low tag numbers and 9 day season. Essentially scout/hunt a few days during the season rather than show up early to just scout before opening day and have fewer days to hunt. Might just find one "scouting", if so it's nice to be able to shoot... The hope is to find some down low on or near the winter range to make spotting them easier for the kids.

Interested in suggestions of where to get a motel for best unit access, etc. We can set up a wall tent if that's best. Would also appreciate any suggestions, different units if you think there are better options for 17 points, or other insight anyone can offer. Please PM any specific details, general suggestions are fine to post publicly, IMO anyway. Thank you.
 

elktaker

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I am not too familiar with area west of fish lake itself, but I would say if you drive around and glass a bunch you should be able to find elk. With not hiking a lot, I would stay away from thousand lakes mountain itself unless you locate elk from below. I have hunted cows on thousand lake several times but we hike 1 to 3 miles to get to them.

Hogan Pass area North of Foreyth Res has a decent area hunt-able by car but the cow and spike hunter are in there heavy depending on hunt you draw. A friend killed a 5x5 late winter hunt rifle about 5 years ago. Was a white out for most of his hunt. Without running any camera or scouting, I would say a 5x5 would be doable but its going to take some luck and time behind a scope. Bull was at 9,000ft still.



Last year Thousand lakes was in the 70% range for any weapon which is one of the lower % limited units.

The September hunt, he not have been guaranteed a tag year. For Oct and Nov, he would have be highest point holder.

If you are not already looking here are your odds:
https://wildlife.utah.gov/hunting/biggame/pdf/2017/17_big_game_odds_report.pdf

Here are harvest reports:
https://wildlife.utah.gov/hunting/biggame/pdf/2017/2017_le_oial_hr.pdf
 

Tim McCoy

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I am not too familiar with area west of fish lake itself, but I would say if you drive around and glass a bunch you should be able to find elk. With not hiking a lot, I would stay away from thousand lakes mountain itself unless you locate elk from below. I have hunted cows on thousand lake several times but we hike 1 to 3 miles to get to them.

Hogan Pass area North of Foreyth Res has a decent area hunt-able by car but the cow and spike hunter are in there heavy depending on hunt you draw. A friend killed a 5x5 late winter hunt rifle about 5 years ago. Was a white out for most of his hunt. Without running any camera or scouting, I would say a 5x5 would be doable but its going to take some luck and time behind a scope. Bull was at 9,000ft still.



Last year Thousand lakes was in the 70% range for any weapon which is one of the lower % limited units.

The September hunt, he not have been guaranteed a tag year. For Oct and Nov, he would have be highest point holder.

If you are not already looking here are your odds:
https://wildlife.utah.gov/hunting/biggame/pdf/2017/17_big_game_odds_report.pdf
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Here are harvest reports:
https://wildlife.utah.gov/hunting/biggame/pdf/2017/2017_le_oial_hr.pdf
Appreciate the info. Looking at the late hunt. Thank you.
 

elktaker

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Probably considered one of the lower quality bull unit but lots of elk.

I killed my first elk on my first day elk hunting on that unit during a spike hunt which rates it higher for me. Decent fishing if the lakes are still open so bring some rods for kids.

Good luck in the draw!
 

Tim McCoy

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Good idea. But if I bring poles along, and they know I have them, they won't let me hunt... Not worried about quality, but the lots of elk sounds good. Appreciate the info.
 

ore hunter

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If ya do draw it,let me know,,ill talk w ya on what I got into during the antelope hunt last year in plateau
 

Elkhunter96

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I think with 17 points, you could do a better unit. I would look at Plateau/Boulder Kaip., South West Desert, Book Cliffs Bitter Creek, and then Manti. In that order. South West Desert would probably be my 1 based on your criteria. Although, its a big unit and you may need some help finding where the elk are hanging out. Big bulls in the high desert.
 
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elktaker

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I think with 17 points, you could do a better unit. I would look at Plateau/Boulder Kaip., South West Desert, Book Cliffs Bitter Creek, and then Manti. In that order. South West Desert would probably be my 1 based on your criteria. Although, its a big unit and you may need some help finding where the elk are hanging out. Big bulls in the high desert.
If you are okay with drawing maybe this year probably with in next 2 to 3, I would do this^^^^^ Based on last year: 2 put in with 16 points and one drew so if same max point holders put in again you will have 1 other with 17 points.

SWD has some nice bulls and lots of roads. Much better hunt and you should expect to shoot a 5x5 with some effort. I can give you info where the elk are early on SWD, but another may be able to help you find them come the hunt in Nov. I helped a friend on archery hunt 2 years ago at it was a great hunt, I saw 35 bulls in 3 days and over 200 cows.