CWMU program

Coldwater Ranch

Operator information

  • Name: Jake Peterson
  • Phone: 435-752-1967
  • Email:

CWMU description

The Coldwater Ranch Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) is part of the Bear River Range south of Blacksmith Fork. The South Cottonwood Canyon divides the Unit almost into a west and east half. This canyon ranges from about 6400 feet to 7200 feet in elevation. To the east the elevation doesn't rise much and the area flattens out before dropping down to 5600 feet on the northeast boundary. On the west half the elevation rises rapidly to around 8000 feet, then drops quickly to 6400 feet in the north and 7400 feet in the south. The most common elevation is 7100 feet but ranges from 5100 feet to 8200 feet with an elevation difference of 3100 feet. Fifty-six percent (56%) of the CWMU elevation ranges between 6300 feet and 7200 feet an elevation difference of 900 feet.

The eastern two-thirds of the Coldwater Ranch Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU)is composed of Inter-Mountain Basins Montane Sagebrush Steppe (62). In conjunction with this Sagebrush Steppe are large patches of Rocky Mountain Aspen Forest and Woodland (22). Towards the middle of the unit these large patches of Aspen Forest and Woodland coalesce into a sizable stand of Aspen Forest and Woodland. Much of the rest of the unit is composed of patches of Rocky Mountain Montane Mesic Mixed Conifer Forest and Woodland (32), Rocky Mountain Bigtooth Maple Ravine Woodland (23), Rocky Mountain Montane Dry-Mesic Mixed Conifer Forest and Woodland (30), Inter-Mountain Basins Mountain Mahogany Woodland and Shrubland (44), Rocky Mountain Subalpine Mesic Meadow (70), Inter-Mountain West Aspen-Mixed Conifer Forest and Woodland Complex (38), and Rocky Mountain Subalpine-Montane Riparian Shrubland (77).

One of the Clearwater Ranch Cooperative Wildlife Mangement Unit (CWMU) nearest weather stations, HARDWARE RANCH(423671), is about 0.5 km north from the north edge of the CWMU. HARDWARE RANCH has thirty-five (35) years of records, 1956 - 1991. During the FALL (September, October and November) the average precipitation is 3.47 inches, but it can be as high as (not available) inches or as low as (not available) inches. During the 91-day FALL period, 12 days will experience greater than or equal to 0.01 inch of precipitation, 7 days of greater than or equal to 0.10 inch, or 2 days of the greater than or equal to 0.50 inch of precipitation. Snowfall during the FALL averages (not available) inches but can be as high as (not available) inches. FALL temperature at HARDWARE RANCH averages (not available) degrees F. but can be as high as 94.0 degrees F. or as low as -5.0 degrees F. During the FALL, 36 days will be below freezing (32 degrees F.) and no days above 90 degrees F.


  • Counties: Cache
  • Wildlife management unit(s): Ogden

Access contact

  • Name: Jake Peterson
  • Phone: 435-752-1967
  • Best time to contact: evenings

Property size

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

Private 29482
Public 0
Total 29482

Drawing odds

Drawing odds are the odds of obtaining a permit for this CWMU.

Drawing odds
Deer drawing odds 1 in 24.0
Elk drawing odds 1 in 36.0
Moose drawing odds n/a
Pronghorn drawing odds n/a

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 4.2 4.8
Doe deer N/A N/A
Bull elk 4.7 4.7
Cow elk 4.5 N/A
Bull moose N/A 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

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 100 88.9
Doe deer N/A N/A
Bull elk 100 100
Cow elk 100 N/A
Bull moose N/A 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

Average age

An estimate of average animal age

Buck deer N/A
Bull elk 5 years
Bull moose 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 29482 5 10/1 - 10/15
Bull elk 29482 5 10/1 -10/15
Bull moose 0 0 n/a
Buck pronghorn 0 0 n/a
Doe deer 0 0 n/a
Cow elk 29482 2 11/5 - 1/31
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 9
Bull moose 0 0
Buck pronghorn 0 0
Doe deer 0 0
Cow elk 5 0
Cow moose 0 0
Doe pronghorn 0 0

Common questions

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

Rules of conduct

  • Tire chains are not permitted
  • Hunting time is limited to five (5) consecutive da
  • Hunting companions are limited to one friend or 2
  • All terrian ehicles limited to currently used road
  • Camping only in desiganted areas
  • Smoking or open fires are not allowed
  • Hunters check in and out every time they go on property
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.