Why Southeast Idaho May Be Your Best Shot


Published: January - 2007

If you want a crack at a Shiras moose, try Idaho this year. Specifically, try southeast Idaho, where the odds of drawing a once-in-a-life-time-permit range from one out of two to one in 10. Additionally, the quality of moose here is exceptional.

I have been measuring bulls from this area for Boone and Crockett for the last six years. Working with a team of measurers, we have scored 15 bulls that met the Boone and Crockett minimum of 155 inches, all taken in eastern Idaho. Even bowhunters have done exceptionally well in this region. As I write this, I have a 45-inch 9 x 11 bull to measure taken in Unit 69 this September by a local archer. It will make Pope and Young and could make B & C. Friends of mine, Steve and Terri Chikato, both put bulls in the Pope and Young Record Book out of the Soda Springs area, Unit 76, with their bows. The best bull nationwide from 2000 to 2003 came from Idaho's Madison and Freemont County area. It measured 185 and was taken by a young lady in Madison County.

These bulls are not all taken on wilderness hunts either. Today, I measured a bull from Bannock County in southeast Idaho that scored 159, making the book; and a friend of mine took a similar bull two years ago from the same area scoring 165. Both bulls were just shy of 50 inches in width and were taken within 15 miles of Pocatello on self-guided hunts.

The area I'm talking about is in the southeast corner of the state, southeast of highway 86, south of Twin Falls and Idaho Falls to the Wyoming and Utah borders. The four units I would recommend are: units 69, 66A, 76 and 56. All of these units have produced record book bulls in the last five years. The odds of drawing vary from unit to unit, year to year, but they range from one out of two in 76-2 to one out of 10 in 66A. I only wish sheep........(continued)

 
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