An Inside Look At Deer/Elk Opportunities


Published: October - 1999

My home state of Idaho has some wonderful on-your-own hunting areas, and the good part is, a lot of them can be hunted with tags you can buy right over-the-counter. All totaled, an amazing 70 percent of Idaho is in public ownership of one kind or another, either federal or state, with most of that being open to hunting and fishing. Of particular interest are this state's wilderness areas, which are completely roadless and where hiking, floating or packing are the only approved methods of travel. Many of these areas are so remote and hard to get to that hunting pressure is very light. Consequently, trophy quality is very high. The hunter who has the gumption to go it alone in these areas can do very well indeed. As an Idaho resident, who spends as much time as possible in the field, I know this to be a fact because I have done so myself. But where, you ask...?

A good choice for deer and elk are units 66, 66A and 76 in the far southeast part of the state (see map). These units wind through Bingham, Bonneville, Caribou and Bear Lake counties. Public lands in these areas include Caribou National Forest and Cache National Forest.... Let's look at the elk situation first. The permits you need to hunt all three of these units are available over the counter each year. And make no mistake, you can take elk that run upwards of 300 B & C points in these areas. The elk archery hunts here start August 30 and don't end until September 30. Buy the "A" tag in the Diamond Creek zone (units 66A and 76) or Tex Creek zone (unit 66) to hunt these archery areas. If you're looking for a big 330-plus B & C bull with a rifle, try the "B" tag in unit 66. From November 1 - 7 you can hunt any bull with any weapon.

Turning to mule deer, the bucks in these same units grow large and sport some outstanding headgear, especially around Palisades and the McCoy Creek areas near........(continued)

 
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