CWMU program

Moon's Ranch

Operator information

  • Name: Tom Giles
  • Phone: 435-848-5002
  • Email:

CWMU description

The Moon's Ranch Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) is located west of Hanna,Utah. The highest elevation on the east side starts about 8400 feet and increases to 8800 feet before dropping down into several drainages, but it rises again to 8200 feet on the west side of the Unit. In the north, the West Fork of the Duchesne River, ranging from 7200 feet to 7600 feet, cuts the Unit. In the south, Sand Creek, ranging from 6800 feet to 8000 feet, cuts the Unit. On the west side, Little Sand Creek, ranging from 7500 feet to 8000 feet, cuts the unit. The most common elevation is 8000 feet but ranges from 6700feet to 8800 feet with an elevation difference of 2100 feet. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of the CWMU elevation ranges between 7500 feet and 8100 feet an elevation difference of 600 feet.

Over half of the land cover on the Moon's Ranch CWMU is Inter-Mountain Basins Montane Sagebrush Steppe (62). This cover type is generally distributed over the entire unit. Rocky Mountain Gambel Oak-Mixed Montane Shrubland (41) and Rocky Mountain Aspen Forest and Woodland (22) are the next largest contributors. Several hundred hectares each of Colorado Plateau Pinyon-Juniper Woodland (36) and Inter-Mountain Basins Big Sagebrush Shrubland round out most of the land cover types.

One of the Moons Ranch Cooperative Wildlife Mangement Unit (CWMU) nearest weather stations, HANNA (423624), is 0.5 km east of the east edge of the CWMU. HANNA has forty-two (42) years of records, 1952 - 1994. During the FALL (September, October and November) the average precipitation is 3.35 inches, but it can be as high as 4.43 inches or as low as 2.52 inches. During the 91-day FALL period, 10 days will experience greater than or equal to 0.01 inches of precipitation, 8 days of greater than or equal to 0.10 inches, or 2 days of the greater than or equal to 0.50 inches of prercipitation. Snowfall during the FALL averages 2.2 inches but can be as high as 5.0 inches. FALL temperature at HANNA averages 63.4 degrees F. but can be as high as 78.0 degrees F. or as low as 5.0 degrees F. During the FALL, 23 days will be below freezing (32 degrees F.) and no day above 90 degrees F.


  • Counties: Duchesne
  • Wildlife management unit(s): Wasatch Mountain

Access contact

  • Name: Tom Giles
  • Phone: 435-848-5002
  • Best time to contact: evenings

Property size

An estimate of the property size and the public/private composition

Private 20600
Public 0
Total 20600

Satisfaction index

The satisfaction index ranges from 1 to 5 with 5 being the best. Hunters are asked how they rate their hunt and the satisfaction index is an average of those responses. This is a three-year average.

Public Private
Buck deer 4 4.5
Doe deer N/A N/A
Bull elk 3.3 4.5
Cow elk 4.3 N/A
Bull moose 5 5
Cow moose N/A N/A
Buck pronghorn N/A N/A
Doe pronghorn N/A N/A
Wild turkey N/A N/A

Hunter success

Hunter success is the percent of hunters who successfully harvested an animal, reported for years in which data is available.

Public Private
Buck deer N/A 33.3
Doe deer N/A N/A
Bull elk 100 83.3
Cow elk 71.4 N/A
Bull moose 100 N/A
Cow moose N/A N/A
Buck pronghorn N/A N/A
Doe pronghorn N/A N/A
Wild turkey N/A N/A

Hunting opportunities (acres, days and dates)

The opportunity to hunt on this CWMU depends on the type of animal hunted

Acres Days Dates
Buck deer 18000 5 10/18 - 10/22 or 10/29 - 11/2
Bull elk 20600 5 9/13 - 9/17
Bull moose 20600 5 9/13 - 9/17
Buck pronghorn 0 0 n/a
Doe deer 0 0 n/a
Cow elk 6000 2 10/18 - 10/31
Cow moose 0 0 n/a
Doe pronghorn 0 0 n/a

Available hunting permits

Private indicates that there are permits available for sale by the CWMU operator

Public Private
Buck deer 1 9
Buck deer (management) 0 0
Bull elk 1 8
Bull moose 0 0
Buck pronghorn 0 0
Doe deer 0 0
Cow elk 20 7
Cow moose 0 0
Doe pronghorn 0 0

Common questions

Question Answer
Can I bring a guest? Yes. 1 guest
Can I hunt on Sunday? Yes.
Can I scout the CWMU before the season? No.
Are horses allowed? No.
Are ATV's allowed? Yes. only for game retrieval
Is a guide service available? Yes. for a fee
Do you offer a packing service? No.
Is lodging or food available? Yes. for a fee
Can I camp on the CWMU? No.
Is the CWMU handicapped accessible? No.
Are maps available? Yes.
Are any other activities offered on the CWMU? No.
Are there any closed areas on the property? Yes. closed around structures

Rules of conduct

  • No alcohol on Property
  • Check in & Check out required
This map is provided for general reference only and does not constitute a legal hunt boundary. The Division does not guarantee access to any private or public land. Hunt unit boundaries may include private property or other excluded areas.