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Old 01-06-2012, 08:59 AM
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Idaho hunters...info?

I have a couple of questions perhaps someone would be willing to answer. Not sure there is a definitive answer but here goes:

If a fella wanted to find deer in the southern mtns of Idaho, say in the area between Boise and Ketchum, and maybe into the Sawtooth Wilderness, and the hunt time would be around the October 10 opener,
where/what would be the likeliest place or terrain type to find a buck?

Higher up in Mtn Basins
Creek canyons leading up to higher basins
Wide flat river bottoms

Wouldn't mind giving a shot at trying a short muley hunt next Fall. Could be my only chance. Maybe pack in a few miles and camp. I'd just hate to waste a lot of time scouting terrain that would likely be devoid of bucks.

Looking for some "local knowledge" about terrain type that could be productive, I'm not asking for specific areas. Any info would be much appreciated.
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:37 PM
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Re: Idaho hunters...info?

Narrowing the focus question.

Do you want to shoot a mule deer or,

Do you what to hunt a specific area?

It makes a difference.

Also, I figure you are looking at a DIY hunt.
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:58 AM
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Re: Idaho hunters...info?

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Narrowing the focus question.

Do you want to shoot a mule deer or,

Do you what to hunt a specific area?
This
It makes a difference.

Also, I figure you are looking at a DIY hunt.
Yes, it would be a DIY hunt for mule deer. I'm looking at area 43 but will apply for controlled hunts 44-1 and maybe 39-1. I realize there is slim chance of being drawn, only 22 nons drawn for 44.
My thought was to leave from FS roads and follow a pack trail several miles in and hunt high in the basins. I'll carry a lightweight camp and set up if I find game, and hunt that area. I hope that going in 4-5 miles will hopefully allow some hunting without a lot of "company". As of right now I'm solo.

I realize this will be a low probability hunt, and I'm willing to hunt hard and accept the outcome. Being well into middle age, I want to do this while I still can.
I would just hate to go to the expense and effort and waste time hunting an area devoid of deer.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:57 AM
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Re: Idaho hunters...info?

The ID F&G web seems to be on the fritz at the moment.

What if you were to purchase a non-res deer tag and hunt where you wish?

If ya don't mind where ya at in western NC?
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:12 AM
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Re: Idaho hunters...info?

I would looks elsewhere in the state. 44-1 would be good if you can get drawn but the deer numbers are really low in 39 and 43 and I wouldn't expect miracles over the winter. That doesn't mean that you can't find a decent buck if you do some hiking but with limited time and guessing at where to go you'll have a pretty low chance of success on a good buck. The wolf numbers are through the roof in those units also and despite what some might think they eat plenty of deer along with the elk. I generally put in for the early 39 hunt and I have hunted this area of the state for 20+ years but after the last few years I'll probably put in for a hunt in eastern Idaho or up around Riggins for next year.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:53 PM
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Re: Idaho hunters...info?

How picky are you about the size of the buck your shooting.

How long or you planning on hunting.

I know people do well near Anderson Ranch resivor.

I was not successful this year but I would say very high 9000 ft plus is where the deer are on public land. I saw most of the deer in river bottoms which tend to be private or very high. This December when I was elk hunting I finally saw deer that had moved down to 8500 ft. Next year I will hunt near Challis (unit 36A, 36B, and 37) I plan to do more hunting/scouting next year. So you can send a PM at the end of the summer for more information.

Do you ride horses?
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:21 PM
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Re: Idaho hunters...info?

Royal, I'm in Hendersonville, about 25 miles south of Asheville. As far as buying a non-resident tag and hunting where I want. Not sure I understand. I'm thought(?) the tag had to be bought for a particular hunt unit.

IdahoJoe and CTD. If I'm unable to draw a tag for 44, and units 39 and 43 are "lacking" , then what would be a better area? Would it make sense to do the controlled hunt in 36-A? That is a sure-draw hunt(which I don't totally understand) but it still seems to me to be in the same area.

My choice of the southern mtns is that it isn't too far from SLC (1/2 day drive at the most) SLC offers lots of flights in and is less expensive to fly into, relatively speaking.

I will have one week. If the season comes in on the 10th(a Wednesday) I could scout 2-3 days then have about 3 days hunt time.

As I stated, I am willing to hike in 4-5 miles and spike camp. I'm not a trophy hunter. I'm not looking for a 190-200 inch buck though I wouldn't pass one up! Most any buck would make me happy. If I hunted an area and saw game but just couldn't connect I'd consider the trip a success. I just don't want to end up seeing nothing because I'm hunting the wrong terrain.

As far as wolves, assuming they are offered next year I intend to get a tag. Having a wolf rug wouldn't make me unhappy! We don't get a lot of chances at wolves here in NC! I'm thankful for that, the coyotes cause us enough trouble with their yearly whitetail fawn kill.

edit: IdahoJoe, I have ridden horses but typically on the "tourist trails, cowboy cookouts and dude ranches" we've visited in Montana and Colorado. Don't have any "real" riding experience.
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