To find a place consistinly produce a 180+ whitetail good luck, but you would have better luck in the midwest. But that rulles out long range hunting unless you hunt KS rifle season. I would think the rut would be the best time to hunt for a trophy buck. It is here in midwest. I love long range hunting, but today everyone thinks they can buy a custum gun high dollar scope and do it. No practice or anything. But there are companies that help promote this. Good luck with your hunt, and if you can find a place that has those trophies fill me in, because I want to join you. What rifle rig you running for your longrange equipment?
Thanks for the interest. I'm actually looking for a few guys with similar hunting/shooting interests to go on DIY hunts every year. I'm shooting a Remington 700 action with a 32" Mcgowan barrel and Defensive Edge brake. Chambered in 338 Edge shooting 300 gr. Hybrid Bergers at 2900fps. The stock is a grey web Bell and Carlson Medalist. Its topped off with a Leupold Long Range 8.5-25x50 and Nightforce 40MOA base. I killed a doe last week here in Pa at 1440 yards from my deck. Love the Edge!!!!!
I'm not looking for consistant Booners, your not gonna find that anywhere, unless your Lee and Tiff!!!! Just looking for 140+ and long range shooting. Yes, Midwest would probably be better but your looking at a $3000-$5000 guided hunt on private land. Idaho and Montana has hundreds of thousands of acres of public land that you have a very good chance of finding a buck of that size on your own if you have the skills.
here is a north idaho buck. 350 yards we do have some good deer hunting. this year seamed to be even better than normal. The lands around coeur dalene have some nice deer. but access can be hard to come by. atv rules vary by forest but we don't allow travel just anywhere. usually on designated routes. We are very treed around here.
the st maries area usually has some big deer taken every year.
It also seems like the wolves start with the moose and than move to the elk and than the deer. But winter kill did do a big number to the deer. we have good hunting, but you just don't see as many deer as you used to. You are not going to see 40 deer a day.
this hunting season i saw more bulls than bucks. but once nov 18 rolled around i was seeing bucks all the time.
Try to put your tree stand in a tree with plenty of background cover, keep the prevailing winds for that time of the year to your face, and take care of those pesky squeaks and creaks your stand may have developed while sitting in the shed. A good treestand lube can be made by heating petroleum jelly until it reaches a liquid form. Some hunters have reported success by including a cover scent in this mixture before applying it to their stands.