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Old 12-07-2008, 10:45 PM
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Re: Idaho Deer Non-resident Draw Odds Question

Are wolves much of a problem in the panhandle yet?
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Re: Idaho Deer Non-resident Draw Odds Question

I'd have to say it's more than wolves. Hard winter, huge people pressure all combines to make a tough year.
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Re: Idaho Deer Non-resident Draw Odds Question

We had a very hard winter last year with about 100 inches of snow...6th highest on record. And the rut timing was less helpful than normal.

As a result our whitetail kill was down 20%.
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Re: Idaho Deer Non-resident Draw Odds Question

Thank you for the info.
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Re: Idaho Deer Non-resident Draw Odds Question

Len,

You can shoot something with horns, though some times very small horns, about any time you wish in idaho.


Making a long range harvest is another story. It really limits shot opportunities. Walk and stalk is more productive shot wise, but they are very long walks at times which multiplies the effort of retrieval. Which is OK but not easy.

Ambush/hide hunting is way more enjoyable. When, if ever, a shot opportunity arises the odds of success are greater.

Where opportunities are plentiful, hunting pressure is heavy.

Where the big ones are, the terrain is much more difficult thus the pressure is less.

I'd suggest getting together with a reliable local in the area you pick. Me thinks the local would be the priority then the area.

I bet if you do some sweet talkin' you could work something out with Shawn, or preferably his dad, whose hunts are way shorter.
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:54 PM
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Re: Idaho Deer Non-resident Draw Odds Question

I think poor harvests this year are a result of little to no snow in most areas. I typically hunt harder as the season progresses, though in MT just across the border. In a normal year I pass on a lot of bucks hoping to see a big one. I never saw all that many this year in my honey holes and I think it's because they were up higher or relaxing in thick timber as they were not under the duress of snow. Now, driving around N. Idaho at night I have seen a few 135+ bucks after the season closed. I don't blame wolves for not getting a good buck. Saw plenty of does. The populations should be high next year assuming there isn't too much winterkill.
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