CWMU program

Cotton Thomas

Operator information

  • Name: Blaine Tanner
  • Phone: 435-747-7163
  • Email:

CWMU description

Cotton Thomas Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) is two (2) km north of Grouse Creek Valley. The Goose Creek Mountains running north and south form the backbone of this unit. Elevation on this backbone ranges from 8100 feet in the north to 6500 feet in the south. On the northeast boundary, Basin Creek ranges from 6500 feet to 6300 feet. Further south, First Creek running northwest to southeast ranges from 7200 feet to 6500 feet. Finally, Quaking Aspen Creek running the same direction as First Creek ranges between 6800 feet and 5800 feet. The elevation ranges between 5700 feet and 8200 feet on the Cotton Thomas CWMU, a difference of 2500 feet. The most common elevation is 6600 feet.

On the Cotton Thomas Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) the land cover is dominated by Inter-Mountain Basins Montane Sagebrush Steppe (62), sixty-three percent (63%); Inter-Mountain Basins Big Sagebrush Shrubland (48), eighteen percent (18%); Great Basin Pinyon-Juniper Woodland (37), eight percent (8%) and Great Basin Xeric Mixed Sagebrush Shrubland (49), five percent (5%).

One of the Cotton Junction Cooperative Wildlife Mangement Unit (CWMU) nearest weather stations, Grouse Creek (423486), is about 9.3 km north from the north edge of the CWMU. Grouse Creek has 49 years of records, 19592008. During the Fall (September, October and November) the average percipitation 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 percipitation, 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 percipitation. Snowfall during the Fall averages 3.6 inches but can be as high as 21.0 inches. Fall temperature at Grouse Creek averages 46.0F. but can be as high as 97.0F. or as low as -12.0F. During the Fall, 54 days will be below freezing (32F.) and 1 day above 90F.


  • Counties: Box Elder
  • Wildlife management unit(s): Box Elder (#1)

Access contact

  • Name: Blaine Tanner
  • Phone: 435-747-7163
  • Best time to contact: Nights

Property size

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

Private 13113
Public 730
Total 13843

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 13843 5 10/1-10/5 or 11/1-11/5
Bull elk 13843 16 9/15 to 9/30
Bull moose 0 0
Buck pronghorn 0 0
Doe deer 0 0
Cow elk 13843 45 8/1 to 9/14
Cow moose 0 0
Doe pronghorn 0 0

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 2
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? Yes.
Are horses allowed? Yes.
Are ATV's allowed? No.
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? No.
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.