Bounded on N by the White River; on E by Monument Gulch, County Highway 64, Monument Gulch Road, Rio Blanco County Roads 103 and 26; on S by Douglas Creek-Roan Creek divide, the Douglas Creek-Salt CreeKansas divide, the Evacuation Creek-Salt Creeks divide and the Bitter Creek-West Salt Creek divide; and on W by Utah.
Rains bring muddy roads. High elevation snows make roads impassible without chains.
75% of area is BLM land.
There are remote hunting areas accessible by foot, horseback or ATV. Get maps and study BLM access points.
12% Private, 88% Public, 87% BLM, 1% State, 3% Wilderness
Public land and private land percentages can sometime be misleading. A unit may have 80% public land, but a particluar species may only occupy 20% on the entire area. And that 20% species distribution may lie 100% within private lands. Does that sound confusing? Just remember that there are always exceptions to the rule, and land ownership is just one piece of the puzzle.
Elk Management Plan
Pinyon-juniper, with pockets of sagebrush, cover most of area at lower elevations. Higher elevations are characterized by sagebrush interspersed with aspen stands and some dark timber. Terrain varies from rolling sagebrush to steep-sided canyons. Some areas are steep & rugged, especially in southern portion.
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Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.
Use temperature ranges to plan and prepare for your hunt. Large swings indicate a good layering system should be used.
Be sure to make note of the extreme temperatures as these often pose the greatest risk to hunters.
If you plan on hunting in higher elevation, as a rule of thumb, expect the tempture to decrease roughly 5° for every 1000' in elevation gain.
Good cow hunting opportunities exist in this unit. The best hunting is in remote areas, mostly at high elevations, where the elk tend to hold up in pockets of green timber and aspen. Check out the Texas Mountain area and Rat Hole Ridge.
Big, 300 + size bulls are common. The elk tend to stay put over the seasons. Movement is weather dependent. Overall, elk are scattered throughout the unit. We recommend Blue Mountain and Moosehead Mtn, but be prepared for rough terrain.
Good cow hunting opportunities. The best hunting is in remote areas, mostly at high elevations, where the elk tend to hold up in pockets of green timber and aspen. Check out the Texas Mountain area and Rat Hole Ridge.