CWMU program

West Hills

Operator information

  • Name: John Andersen
  • Phone: 801-710-1712
  • Email:

CWMU description

The West Hills Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) is located west of Fielding, Utah southwest of Plymouth, Utah and northwest of Garland, Utah on what is called the West Hills. Higher elevations run north and south, mostly in the middle of the Unit. In the north the higher elevations are around 6500 feet, rising to 6800 feet in the middle, then decreasing to about 6100 feet in the south. Most of the major drainages flow west to east on the eastside of the Unit. Marlow Canyon (5500 feet to 6300 feet) is in the north. Butler Canyon is larger (4600 feet to 6200 feet) and is the next drainage to the south. Topance Canyon (4600 feet to 6800 feet) which starts at the end of Magpie Springs Canyon and flows east almost cuts the Unit in half. The prominent drainage on the westside of the Unit is Blind Spring Canyon, ranging from 4900 feet to 5800 feet. The most common elevation is 5700 feet but ranges from 4400 feet to 6800 feet with an elevation difference of 2400 feet. Fifty-three percent (53%) of the CWMU elevation ranges between 5100 feet and 6000 feet an elevation difference of 900 feet.

Around forty percent (40%) of the West Hills Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) is Inter-Mountain Basins Big Sagebrush Shrubland (48). Mixed among this Sagebrush Shrubland is Rocky Mountain Bigtooth Maple Ravine Woodland (23) and Great Basin Pinyon-Juniper Woodland (37). On the eastside are extensive areas of Agriculture (114). There are also areas of Inter-Mountain Basins Semi-Desert Grassland (76), Invasive Annual Grassland (121) and Southern Rocky Mountain Montane-Subalpine Grassland (71) that add to the grassland character of the area.

One of the West Hills Cooperative Wildlife Mangement Unit (CWMU) nearest weather stations, GARLAND (423122), is 3.1 km east of the east edge of the CWMU. GARLAND has seventy (70) years of records, 1909 - 1979. During the FALL (September, October and November) the average precipitation is 3.79 inches, but it can be as high as 7.08 inches or as low as 0.83 inch. During the 91-day FALL period, 17 days will experience greater than or equal to 0.01 inch of precipitation, 10 days of greater than or equal to 0.10 inch, or 2 days of the greater than or equal to 0.50 inch of precipitation. Snowfall during the FALL averages 3.1inches but can be as high as 14.0 inches. FALL temperature at GARLAND averages 49.4 degrees F. but can be as high as 109.0 degrees F. or as low as -13.0 degrees F. During the FALL, 36 days will be below freezing (32 degrees F.) and 2 days above 90 degrees F.


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

Access contact

  • Name: John Andersen
  • Phone: 801-710-1712
  • Best time to contact: Monday-Friday, evenings

Property size

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

Private 21374
Public 640
Total 22014

Drawing odds

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

Drawing odds
Deer drawing odds 1 in 15.5
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 4.6 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 100 77.8
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 22014 5 5 consecutive days 9/25-10/14 or 11/1 11/5, alte
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 4 26
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. One (1) guest per hunter
Can I hunt on Sunday? Yes.
Can I scout the CWMU before the season? Yes.
Are horses allowed? Yes.
Are ATV's allowed? Yes. On dry roads and only for game retrieval
Is a guide service available? Yes.
Do you offer a packing service? No.
Is lodging or food available? Yes. within five miles of ranch
Can I camp on the CWMU? Yes. In designated area only
Is the CWMU handicapped accessible? No.
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

  • 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.