CWMU program

Deseret

Operator information

  • Name: Tom Land
  • Phone: 801-791-6551
  • Email: tland22@msn.com

CWMU description

The Deseret Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) takes up parts of Weber, Morgan and Rich counties, with Rich county having the most area. The higher points on the Deseret CWMU are along Horse Ridge (8500 feet). On the west the Unit drops away to about 6400 feet in the south and 8000 feet in the north. On the eastside of Horse Ridge the Unit makes a less steep drop, dropping down to around 6400 feet in the north and 6800 feet in the south along the Utah - Wyoming state border. The most common elevation is 6400 feet but ranges from 6000 feet to 8700 feet with an elevation difference of 2700 feet. Fifty-two percent (52%) of the CWMU elevation ranges between 6800 feet and 7800 feet an elevation difference of 1000 feet.

The Deseret Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) is much larger than other CWMUs in Utah, therefore land cover is more diversified. About half (50%) of the land cover on the Deseret CWMU is Inter-Mountain Basins Montane Sagebrush Steppe (62). Towards the northeast and at lower elevation, there are large areas of Inter-Mountain Basins Big Sagebrush Steppe (66). Thet higher elevations on the west of the Unit, mixed with Sagebrush Steppe are extensive areas of Rocky Mountain Aspen Forest and Woodland (22). At lower elevations towards the northeast are several patches of Agriculture (114) land. At minor extents are Southern Rocky Mountain Montane-Subalpine Grassland (71), Inter-Mountain Basins Big Sagebrush Shrubland (48), and Rocky Mountain Gambel Oak-Mixed Montane shrubland (41).

One of the Deseret Cooperative Wildlife Mangement Unit (CWMU) nearest weather stations, WOODRUFF (429595), is about 10.5 km north from the north edge of the CWMU. WOODRUFF has one hundred eleven (111) years of records, 1897 - 2008. During the FALL (September, October and November) the average precipitation is 2.64 inches, but it can be as high as 5.18 inches or as low as 0.64 inch. During the 91-day FALL period, 15 days will experience greater than or equal to 0.01 inch of precipitation, 8 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 8.7 inches but can be as high as 29.2 inches. FALL temperature at WOODRUFF averages 40.8 degrees F. but can be as high as 111.0 degrees F. or as low as -26.0 degrees F. During the FALL, 73 days will be below freezing (32 degrees F.) and 6 days above 90 degrees F.

Location

  • Counties: Rich, Morgan, Weber, Summit
  • Wildlife management unit(s): Morgan Rich

Access contact

  • Name: Tom Land
  • Phone: 801-791-6551
  • Best time to contact: Business hours

Property size

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

Acres
Private 215358
Public 15359
Total 230896

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 4.1 4.1
Doe deer N/A N/A
Bull elk 4.6 4.5
Cow elk 4.2 N/A
Bull moose 4.8 5
Cow moose N/A N/A
Buck pronghorn 4.5 4.5
Doe pronghorn 4.6 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 90.9 63.1
Doe deer N/A N/A
Bull elk 95.2 84.7
Cow elk N/A N/A
Bull moose 100 100
Cow moose N/A N/A
Buck pronghorn 100 92
Doe pronghorn 72.3 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 230896 5 Choose 1st or 2nd Mon. in Oct or 10/30-11/3
Bull elk 230896 5 Choose 1st or 2nd Mon. in Oct. or 11/1-5
Bull moose 230896 5 5 days beginning 1st or 2nd Monday in Oct.
Buck pronghorn 230896 5 Variable weekends in Sept. beginning 2nd weekend
Doe deer 0 0 n/a
Cow elk 230896 2 Choose 1 of 4 Fri/Sat weekends in Nov/Dec
Cow moose 0 0 n/a
Doe pronghorn 230896 2 Choose 1 of 3 Friday/Saturday weekends in Sept.

Available hunting permits

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

Public Private
Buck deer 17 85
Buck deer (management) 0 0
Bull elk 19 98
Bull moose 2 2
Buck pronghorn 36 45
Doe deer 0 0
Cow elk 150 0
Cow moose 0 0
Doe pronghorn 82 48

Common questions

Question Answer
Can I bring a guest? No. Contact operator for exceptions
Can I hunt on Sunday? No.
Can I scout the CWMU before the season? No.
Are horses allowed? No.
Are ATV's allowed? No.
Is a guide service available? Yes. Some hunts guided for free, some are optional
Do you offer a packing service? Yes. For a fee
Is lodging or food available? Yes. For a fee
Can I camp on the CWMU? No. Only for some hunts
Is the CWMU handicapped accessible? Yes.
Are maps available? Yes.
Are any other activities offered on the CWMU? Yes. Contact operator
Are there any closed areas on the property? Yes. Areas around buildings

Rules of conduct

  • Contact operator for ranch rules & polices
  • Wounding policy-once animal is wounded, no other animal may be shot
  • No alcohol
  • No off road travel with vehicles
  • Hunters must check in with ranch
  • No shed andtler hunting
  • No fires
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.