CWMU program

Hell Canyon

Operator information

  • Name: Kim Bonnett
  • Phone: 801-785-5050
  • Email: KimBonnett@msn.com

CWMU description

The Hell Canyon Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) is located east of Lost Creek Reservoir. Hell Canyon, 5700 feet to 6500 feet divides this CWMU into a west part and an east part. Hell Canyon also forms the Unit boundary in the north. On the west side elevation starts at 8100 feet in the north, maintains this elevation in the middle of the Unit and drops to 6800 feet in the south. Rocky Canyon which ranges from 5700 feet to 6600 feet in the southwest froms part of the southwest boundary of the Unit. On the eastside the higher elevation starts at 7600 feet in the north and decreases to 6900 feet in the south. Part of the southeast boundary is almost the shore of the Lost Creek Reservoir about 6200 feet. The most common elevation is 6800 feet but ranges from 5700 feet to 8100 feet with an elevation difference of 2400 feet. Fifty-two percent (52%) of the CWMU elevation ranges between 5700 feet and 8100 feet an elevation difference of 2400 feet.

Over fifty percent (50%) of the Hell Canyon Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) is Inter-Mountain Basins Montane Sagebrush Steppe (62). Running diagnoally from the northwest to the southeast are large patches of rocky Mountain Aspen Forest and Woodland (22). Scattered throughout the Unit are patches of Rocky Mountain Gambel Oak-Mixed Montane Shrubland (41). There are several large patches of Rocky Mountain Montane Mesic Mixed Conifer Forest and Woodland (32) and Rocky Mountain Bigtooth Maple Ravine Woodland (23).

One of the Hell Canyon Cooperative Wildlife Mangement Unit (CWMU) nearest weather stations, HUNTSVILLE MONESTERY (424135), is about 18.4 km west from the west edge of the CWMU. HUNTSVILLE MONESTERY has thirty-one (31) years of records, 1976 - 2007. During the FALL (September, October and November) the average precipitation is 5.74 inches, but it can be as high as 12.30 inches or as low as 1.36 inches. During the 91-day FALL period, 22 days will experience greater than or equal to 0.01 inch of precipitation, 14 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 precipitation. Total FALL snowfall averages 10.2 inches but can be as high as 31.0 inches. FALL temperature at HUNTSVILLE MONESTERY averages 46.0 degrees F. but can be as high as 95.0 degrees F. or as low as -16.0 degrees F. During the FALL, 56 days will be below freezing (32 degrees F.) and less than 1 day above 90 degrees F.

Location

  • Counties: Morgan
  • Wildlife management unit(s): Morgan Rich

Access contact

  • Name: Kim Bonnett
  • Phone: 801-785-5050
  • Best time to contact: Daytime before July 15th

Property size

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

Acres
Private 10753
Public 0
Total 10753

Drawing odds

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

Drawing odds
Deer drawing odds 1 in 16.0
Elk drawing odds 1 in 18.0
Moose drawing odds 1 in 33.0
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 3.9
Doe deer N/A N/A
Bull elk 3.7 4.6
Cow elk 4.8 N/A
Bull moose 3.5 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 40
Doe deer N/A N/A
Bull elk 100 87.5
Cow elk 81.8 N/A
Bull moose N/A 100
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

Age
Buck deer N/A
Bull elk 6 years
Bull moose 4 years

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 10753 5 first full wk in Oct or 11/1-11/5
Bull elk 10753 5 first full wk in Oct
Bull moose 10753 5 first full wk in Oct
Buck pronghorn 0 0 n/a
Doe deer 0 0 n/a
Cow elk 10753 2 11/20-1/31
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 2 18
Buck deer (management) 0 0
Bull elk 2 18
Bull moose 1 0
Buck pronghorn 0 0
Doe deer 0 0
Cow elk 25 0
Cow moose 0 0
Doe pronghorn 0 0

Common questions

Question Answer
Can I bring a guest? Yes. One (1) guest
Can I hunt on Sunday? No.
Can I scout the CWMU before the season? No.
Are horses allowed? Yes.
Are ATV's allowed? No.
Is a guide service available? Yes. For a fee
Do you offer a packing service? Yes. Possibly if guide is used
Is lodging or food available? Yes. Under prearranged plans
Can I camp on the CWMU? No.
Is the CWMU handicapped accessible? No.
Are maps available? No.
Are any other activities offered on the CWMU? No.
Are there any closed areas on the property? Yes. By landowner cabin & shop, By our hunting camp

Rules of conduct

  • No ATVs on buck-bull or cow elk hunts
  • Cow elk hunts are pretty much walk in only
  • When we let people drive the elk leave
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.