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I hunted unit 18 for mulies this year, which is the next unit over to the west. It is STEEEEEEEEEEP!!!! I didn't get out on other units but it looked like unit 13 and 14 was pretty much the same. Unit 18 had areas for long shots though and also had some thick areas.
I live in FL and in great shape but I was not ready for those hills.
The problem I had was I started to get blisters on my feet. You need boots that fit well and give good support on uphill/sidehhill positions.
Do lots of cardio and get on the treadmill on the highest incline possible.
Do lots of lunges, just walk accross your yard doing lunges, back and forth until you can't move. Then you will be ready.
Of course taking care of your feet is priority number 1.
At first sign of hotspots or blisters, put something on them to keep them from geting worse..

I did get a nice 5x5 mulie,it wasn't a monster, but we did it ourselves- self guided.
It took me 5hrs to walk out after bagging my mulie. It was all uphill, even the sidehills were uphill!. I may try unit 23 for elk or mulies or maybe even go for elk in unit 14. I'll have to do more research.

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Rockz, I like your post. Big smile Yes, Idaho is steep. I LOVE Idaho.

We (dad, daughter, and I) have hunted 14 for mule deer. I am considering putting in for 14 in 2008.

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Serious,
I love Idaho too. After going there once, I am hooked. I enjoy the challenge that the not only terrain provides , but also the dificulty of getting the game in that region. I have hunted in Co and Wy nad never even got tired. That Hells Canyon area kicked by butt.

While other folks were buzzing around on four wheelers, we went went to walk in only areas and walked and walked unitl we found game.

I wish I could put in for another controlled hunt for mulies but I have to wait a
year.

That's why i was looking at elk or maybe unit 23 for mulies.

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Do any of you have photos that you'd be willing to share of the area or animals you harvested?

Are the animals able to traverse the steep hills quickly? Do you know what their favorite foods are - elk and deer?

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If you pm me your e-mail I will send you all the pics I have as well as any other info I can come up with.

I am no expert, in fact that was my first trip to Idaho, I just got lucky and drew a the first try. We were successful because we put in long days and long hikes.
We were up at 5am and got to bed around 10-11pm.
We had to hunt hard because we didn't know enough about the area to hnt smart!

The animals can go up and down terrain that you would never even expect to see them. They go up hill faster than we can run a 50 yd dash down hill. And they can do it forever!

As far as food, the deer and elk were feeding on the open hillsides in the am and pm. On neew grasses as well as the timothy.

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ginkgo72 wrote:

Are the animals able to traverse the steep hills quickly?

Your jaw will drop when you see how fast elk can move (fly) across country that is so steep you will need both hands free just to keep standing. It looks like their feet don't even touch the ground.

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... here are some pics from some hunts in 14 ... not enormous deer - but a lot of fun.

http://www.serioushunter.com/adventures/Steep-Hunt.htm

These hunts are not far from Elk City - but much lower. Elk City, per se, is `on top' of all this stuff.

Enjoy!

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Nice pics, looked like the area I hunted. Steep!!
I was like you, but I didn't even get a pic of my buck. I just have a pic of me holding the rack.
My buddy and I split up on the last morning so I went out alone.(not recommended but it was a great sense of accomplishment.) I shot my buck near the bottom of the mountain ,of course when I saw him I was at the top. The funny thing was that although I was almost at the bottom, it was still steep for those last few hundred yards.. When I was trying to bone out the deer it nearly slid all the way out from under me into a small crevasse.

I guess I was so delerious after 5d ays of constant climbing that I didn't even think to take a pick . I was just trying to figure out how to get the beast out on my own. As i said before, it was 5hrs of the most brutal hiking ever! But those anters on my bck made it a little better.

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In the Elk city units - do you know how the black bear population is doing? From what I'm reading - there are a lot around....How about in October?

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Do you think that using horses would make hunting that steep terrain a little easier?

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