First of all, if you can't tell by the swarms of people, the 2012 any bull and spike bull elk hunts open tomorrow (October 6th). These hunts are very popular in our area, second only to the general season deer hunt which begins on October 20th. There are very few open bull units in Utah, most will be hitting the hills in search of spike bulls. "Long Tine" hunters may have a bit of difficulty getting into the elk this year. With temperatures above normal, and the vegetation dry and crunchy, getting into the elk can be a challenge as many herds have headed back into the thick timber under the rims of the mountain tops. There are, however still many elk in the high country, and they are in great condition after all of the late summer rains. The bulls went into the rut late this year, in fact I was in the middle of several screaming bulls just 2 days ago, and had no trouble calling the bulls in. With the heat rising though, the elk are not bugling or moving around like they were with the rains last week. A cold front will briefly drop temperatures for the opener, before rising again next week. The possibilities of some showers mid week may be a silver lining to get the elk moving next week.
Remember: an "any bull" tag does not entitle you to hunt and kill any bull on any unit in Utah! Every year people come into our area with an any bull tag after a big bull. The majority of Utah's bull units are limited entry! While you now can kill spike bulls on these limited entry units, there are very few "open bull" units in Utah. Most are in northern Utah, and we also have Cedar Mountain (south of Highway 14) in Southern Utah. Check the hunting guidebook to make sure you know where you can and cannot hunt!
Duck Hunting: The duck hunt also opens in Utah tomorrow. This year looks very promising for waterfowl. Drought years usually provide good hunting, as birds have to congregate in areas more, as water is not as widespread. Duck/goose numbers look good, and this should also improve as cold weather sets in. Migrations have begun, and several people are reporting the numbers rising on their favorite waters.
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Check out this link for the Utah DWR 2012 hunting forecast, unit by unit: http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/news/118-big-game/929-2012-deer-hunt-preview.html
Also keep in mind that the dove hunting season may be over, but other small game hunts are in full swing. Forest grouse and chukar partridge hunts are going on now, pheasant and quail seasons are right around the corner. I always take my shotgun along on my deer hunts, we have quite often came across forest grouse on our deer hunts!
October Fishing: There's no month like October (well, except maybe ice-off) when it comes to fishing in Utah! I've sampled the fall fishing in some local waters over the last week, and have posted a fresh report on our page: http://www.suhuntandfish.com/p/fishing-reports.html
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Good luck to all hitting the field this weekend!