CWMU program

Dove Creek

Operator information

  • Name: Colby Roberts
  • Phone: 435-257-1277
  • Email:

CWMU description

The Dove Creek Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) is located south of Junction Valley which forms the junction between the Grouse Creek Mountains on west and the Raft River Mountains on the north-northeast. Much of the Unit is located on what is called the Dove Creek Mountains. Marble Canyon Peak at about 8300 feet is the high point of the Unit. This peak is on the west side of the Unit. It drops away to 6400 feet on the north and 6000 feet on the south. While the west side of the Unit is mountainous terrain, the east side is much flatter, 5900 feet in the north and 5600 feet in the south from the Geologic effects of the ancient Lake Bonneville. Starting in the north there are several canyons that cut the unit, Road Canyon (7300 feet to 6000 feet), Marble Canyon (8000 feet to 7200 feet), Poison Canyon (7500 feet to 6000 feet), and Muddy Canyon (7500 feet to 5800 feet). The most common elevation is 5900 feet but ranges from 5600 feet to 8300 feet with an elevation difference of 2700 feet. Fifty percent (50%) of the CWMU elevation ranges between 6300 feet and 7600 feet an elevation difference of 1300 feet.

On the northwest half of the Dove Creek Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU), the Unit is dominated by Inter-Mountain Basins Montane Sagebrush Steppe (62). On the southeast half the Unit is dominated by a mixture of Inter-Mountain Basins Big Sagebrush Shrubland (48) and Great Basin Pinyon-Juniper Woodland (37). Scattered throughout the Unit, but mostly in the middle are patches of Great Basin Xeric Mixed Sagebrush Shrubland (49) and Inter-Mountain Basins Cliff and Canyon (8).

One of the Dove Creek Cooperative Wildlife Mangement Unit (CWMU) nearest weather stations, GROUSE CREEK (423486), is about 12.9 km southwest from the southwest edge of the CWMU. GROUSE CREEK has forty-nine (49) years of records, 1959 - 2008. During the FALL (September, October and November) the average precipitation is 2.25 inches, but it can be as high as 4.42 inches or as low as 0.60 inch. During the 91-day FALL period, 16 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 1 day of the greater than or equal to 0.50 inch of precipitation. Snowfall during the FALL averages 3.6 inches but can be as high as 21.0 inches. FALL temperature at GROUSE CREEK averages 46.0 degrees F. but can be as high as 97.0 degrees F. or as low as -12.0 degrees F. During the FALL, 54 days will be below freezing (32 degrees F.) and 1 day above 90 degrees F.


  • Counties: Box Elder
  • Wildlife management unit(s): Box Elder

Access contact

  • Name: Colby Roberts
  • Phone: 435-452-1759
  • Best time to contact: Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM

Property size

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

Private 18770
Public 570
Total 19340

Drawing odds

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

Drawing odds
Deer drawing odds 1 in 13.5
Elk drawing odds n/a
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 3.5 4.1
Doe deer N/A N/A
Bull elk N/A N/A
Cow elk N/A 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 50 78.6
Doe deer N/A N/A
Bull elk N/A N/A
Cow elk N/A 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 N/A
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 19340 5 10/110/5, 11/1-11/5
Bull elk 0 0 n/a
Bull moose 0 0 n/a
Buck pronghorn 0 0 n/a
Doe deer 0 0 n/a
Cow elk 0 0 n/a
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 2 18
Buck deer (management) 0 0
Bull elk 0 0
Bull moose 0 0
Buck pronghorn 0 0
Doe deer 0 0
Cow elk 0 0
Cow moose 0 0
Doe pronghorn 0 0

Common questions

Question Answer
Can I bring a guest? Yes. Two (2) maximum
Can I hunt on Sunday? Yes.
Can I scout the CWMU before the season? No.
Are horses allowed? No.
Are ATV's allowed? Yes. On existing roads only
Is a guide service available? Yes. For a fee
Do you offer a packing service? Yes. For a fee
Is lodging or food available? No.
Can I camp on the CWMU? Yes. In designated area only
Is the CWMU handicapped accessible? Yes.
Are maps available? Yes. Required by rule
Are any other activities offered on the CWMU? No.
Are there any closed areas on the property? No.

Rules of conduct

  • A wounded deer is a harvested deer.
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.