unit 44 info

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  1. retiredcpo

    retiredcpo Well-Known Member

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    Any info or advice on deer hunting in unit 44. We drew that tags this year.
    Never hunted there before, I normally hunt unit 18.
    planning several scouting trips before opening day.
    thanks
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    retiredcpo Well-Known Member

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    Nobody have any pointers on where to look?
    Have been scouting every week end found a few nice ones but was only able to get a picture of a small three point deer email.jpg
     

  3. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    Have never hunted unit 44 but spent a little time in their horseback many many years ago mainly up behind Smoky Dome and down towards the south fork. Used to be lots of elk in there but I think the wolf deal may have changed that.

    Seems the western end of 44 held more deer just to the north of Bennet Mt which is in unit 45. I do know for a fact that a lot of deer move out of 44 down into the Bennet Mt. country to winter. If there is early snow you can catch them moving. There are some decent horse trails in the south facing drainages to the west and south of the lookout that can make getting into that country somewhat easier.

    If you're looking for a really good buck try to draw 45. It's worth the effort!
     
  4. retiredcpo

    retiredcpo Well-Known Member

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    Jim
    Have not seen any elk yet
    So far we have made 4 scouting trip
    the deer in the pic is from the southwest corner but there is lots of private ground down there. Funny thing is everyone I talk to says that whole corner is access yes ground but I can not find anything that says it is
    Right now we are looking for both high and low areas to set up so we have a game plan no matter what the weather does
    I like that smokey dome area saw a nice 5 point up there
     
  5. IdahoCTD

    IdahoCTD Well-Known Member

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    Most of the big bucks use to be on the ridge between Smokey Dome and Iron Mountain (and there still are some) but in recent years it seems like more and more big ones are coming out of the lower country, ie lower sage brush hills. It could be wolf related. I couldn't get my wife to hike up on the ridge the last time she drew so I haven't been up there in a few years.
     
  6. 1984nitro

    1984nitro Well-Known Member

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    I drew there 2 years ago and pulled a nice 4 point out. My advise is get up high and let all the other hunters push them up over to unit 43. There is a horse trail that takes you over boardman pass this is the boarder of 44 and 43. Hunting on the boarder of 44 and 43 is where I seen many big bucks. They were getting pushed over to get out of the press zone because the unit that year open sept 15. When you get out that far there is less 4 wheeler trail so less people hunting it. If you are willing to hike there are some big bucks in there. There is wolves also so bring your tag.
     
  7. retiredcpo

    retiredcpo Well-Known Member

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    I really like the area between smokey dome and the boardman pass but not alot of access
    Have seen several guys looking to hunt the southern slope of the area but they are planning on coming up from the bottom hunting part way up.
    So far we have found a good way up to the north side right on the unit boundry just alittle east of boardman pass
    Our next scouting trip we will be going up to Cannon ball mt area

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  8. IdahoCTD

    IdahoCTD Well-Known Member

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    You can ride a dirt bike up to boardman pass (been there done that many times). From there it isn't far to Smokey Dome.
     
  9. retiredcpo

    retiredcpo Well-Known Member

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    Only have a 4 wheeler but I have found a way to get close to smokey dome
    Still looking the unit over
    thanks for all the help
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  10. retiredcpo

    retiredcpo Well-Known Member

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    Update
    Have found/seen a few nice bucks and one monster 5 point.
    If he stays in the area it will be about a 1 1/2 mile hike in to where I saw him
    Have also seen 4 large herds of elk lots of bear sign a wolf and a beaver
    Only a few weeks to go
    retiredcpo