I've heard that Idaho has a reputation for having smaller bull elk (antler size) which I don't care about. I would just like a quality hunt with my father and be lucky enough to see an elk or two & maybe get him a shot at one. My father doesn't want to use a guide - but would consider using an outfitter for a pack in trip. Any information would be kindly appreciated.
There are some big 'uns roaming around that neighborhood. In fact, the heaviest bull I believe that I've ever seen came out of a place near there. There might not be as many as other places, but there are a few around that neck of the woods. In general the country is deceptively rugged, but it's a big area as well. At the very least, it's always good to go on an adventure. Good luck.
Thank you sir. It seems like I'll need to get by backside in shape ASAP. I love the mountains and I'll be loving every minute of this hunt with my father. It's what life is all about. (as long as my wife is still here when I get back )
We'll see what my scouting trip tells me in late May.
new member here,thought i'd comment--we were there last October(late 22nd-29th)flew into spokane drove down--hunted unit 15,the most beautiful and brutal country i've been in-the drive alone was worth it-thick-brought the 300 ultramag (didnt need it)and 45-70--good thing too,because you have no big shot-first time elk hunting-made plenty of mistakes-saw a few , plenty of sign,smelled em,heard em,but didnt "catch" any (as my wife says,gotta love her), it was still the most incredible thing i've done-i'm hooked-going back next year-especially exercise/stretch the hamstrings and quads or bring a masseuse, the guys were getting sick of me whining about my a--.
i myself live in the midwest(wisconsin)--trying to replicate the steepness of the (hills/mountains) is tough-found some hills around town to walk-and it's close-but the hiking up,around,under the dead fall is tough,carrying a rifle and backpack .I anticipated the difficulty but doing it is another thing.i just recently picked up a stair stepper that seems to put the right "burn" in the legs.did not have horse-rented a cabin,drove up the forest roads,and hiked in.(the locals said 2 things that were great--"take your guns out for another walk today" ,and "uphill both ways".it is awesome--
Oops forgot to mention that the Elk City area can get cold early (really, really cold) so be ready for full on winter possibilities. Hopefully it won't be so bad, but at at least you'll be prepared. Also like the previous post said, it tends to be thick as well. Good luck again
Thanks fellas - this area sounds great. I love wilderness and hunting, but up until next October I've never had the chance to combine them. Thanks for the information and I think I'll forgo the horses and count on my legs to find me an elk.. I'll see the land in the spring and maybe ask you guys some more questions later. thanks a million.
I must admit that I have missed a big game animal with a rifle. And not only was it a bull elk, it was the largest bull that I have had in my sights with a tag in my hand. But, as with most "missed shot" stories, I have an excuse. Moisture doesn't really ever bode well for hunting equipment. When moisture (either rain or snow) gets into a firearms barrel, nothing good takes place. A couple rain drops down there can change the point of impact drastically and a barrel jammed with snow after a...