Newbie first post, thinking about taking my son Mule deer hunting in the Challis area. I have only hunted in Northern Idaho ( Whitetail on our ranch) Wondering if anyone has a suggestion for a good area to hunt. Thanks Domenic
I have seen several good bucks up there. My wife took a 3x3 up there this year. There is a spot of there that has a sure thing. I usually take my wife up there. She just started hunting so is easy for her.
If you get up that way then go check out the Bed and breakfast North of Challis on the highway as he has a huge collection of mounted heads from mule deer. Big collection and he advertises it with a sign out front.
I would look elsewhere if it where me. Between the wolves and the ever growing elk herd, the deer hunting around Challis has gotten pretty poor. It also gets very crowded, which takes away fromthe quality of the hunt.
The B&B mentioned contains about 95% of heads purchased from other hunters. The limited entry hunts in Idaho are all good as are the wilderness hunts.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
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