CWMU program


Operator information

  • Name: Wade Heaton
  • Phone: 435-691-1997
  • Email:

CWMU description

Except for about 750 hectares around the town of Alton, Utah; the Alton Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) surrounds the town. To the northeast of Alton (7500 feet), mountains rise from 8500 to 9000 feet. These mountains slope down toward the Sevier River at an elevation of around 7200 feet on the north. On the the south, these mountains slope down to the Kanab River which parts the Alton CWMU on the southeast. The most common elevation is 7400 feet but ranges from 6400 feet to 9000 feet with an elevation difference of 2600 feet. Fifty-two percent (52%) of the CWMU elevation ranges between 7300 feet and 8200 feet an elevation difference of 900 feet.

Lower elevations on the Unit are around 6800 feet. Towards the southwest of the Alton Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWM), there are extensive areas of Colorado Plateau Pinyon-Juniper Woodland (36). A co-dominant land cover type is Rocky Mountain Gambel Oak-Mixed Montane Shrubland (41). This Shrubland occurs throughout the Unit except for the extreme north. In the extreme north and towards the middle of the Unit are large areas of Inter-Mountain Basins Montane Sagebrush Steppe (62). There are also large patches of Inter-Mountain Basins Big Sagebrush Shrubland (48). The Alton CWMU also has large patches of Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine Woodland (34) and Agriculture (114) is scattered throughout the Unit.

One of the Alton Cooperative Wildlife Mangement Unit (CWMU) nearest weather stations, ALTON (420086), is about 1.0 km from the middle of the CWMU. ALTON has eighty-three (83) years of records, 1915 - 2008. During the FALL (September, October and November) the average precipitation is 4.14 inches, but it can be as high as 11.35 inches or as low as 0.36 inch. During the 91-day FALL period, 14 days will experience greater than or equal to 0.01 inch of precipitation, 9 days of greater than or equal to 0.10 inch, or 3 days of the greater than or equal to 0.50 inch of precipitation. There can also be 1 day of greater than or equal to 1.00 inch of perciptiation. Total FALL snowfall averages 7.6 inches but can be as high as 41.7 inches. FALL temperature at ALTON averages 47.3 degrees F. but can be as high as 91.0 degrees F. or as low as -5.0 degrees F. During the FALL, 44 days will be below freezing (32 degrees F.) and less than 1 day above 90 degrees F.


  • Counties: Kane
  • Wildlife management unit(s): Paunsaugunt

Access contact

  • Name: Wade Heaton
  • Phone: 435-691-1997
  • Best time to contact: Anytime

Property size

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

Private 38443
Public 3845
Total 42288

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 42288 5 9/1-10/31
Bull elk 42288 61 9/1-10/31
Bull moose 0 0 n/a
Buck pronghorn 0 0 n/a
Doe deer 0 0 0
Cow elk 42288 91 10/1-12/31
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 5 19
Buck deer (management) 1 2
Bull elk 1 4
Bull moose 0 0
Buck pronghorn 0 0
Doe deer 0 0
Cow elk 7 3
Cow moose 0 0
Doe pronghorn 0 0

Common questions

Question Answer
Can I bring a guest? Yes.
Can I hunt on Sunday? No.
Can I scout the CWMU before the season? No.
Are horses allowed? Yes.
Are ATV's allowed? Yes.
Is a guide service available? Yes.
Do you offer a packing service? No.
Is lodging or food available? Yes.
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? Yes.
Are there any closed areas on the property? No.

Rules of conduct

  • None specified
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.