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Idaho archer opens tomarrow!

Serious Hunter,

Who is the hunt going? What unit are you hunting WT bucks in?

Jbuckhunt

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The hunt is the general archery season up here in N Idaho. I hunt around town (Moscow).

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SH,

I will be coming up to hunt WT bucks with my son on the rifle hunt. The area around Moscow is one of the places we are looking at. We have never hunted Idaho or WT before. Do you have any advise?

We are looking at hunting around October 13 or around November 10. Which is best?

Thanks for your help!

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I suggest later. Should be not as dry, leaves off trees, maybe snow, fewer hunters, deer maybe starting to move around a bit. There are deer essentially everywhere - but the bucks are ellusive. People have the best success during the rut (later November). I'm relatively new at hunting these critters (WT). There is both public and private land. Landowners are either agreeable or intolerable to hunters, depending on the landowners. Gotta ask. But lots of public timbered lands also. The hunts are generally either sex.

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SH,

Thanks for the advise!

We are also looking at the area around Orofino. Have you ever hunted over there?

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There was a big WT die-off in 2003 in that area. You might contact the regional IFG office - though my guess is that the deer are well on their way to recovery there. Orofino area is beautiful - in some places very steep. Can be dark and thick. Good GPS country.

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SH,

Again thanks for your input and advise!

I hope our trip to Idaho will be my sons first deer, so your help is great!

Good luck to you this year!

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Here's a pic of a nice WT buck my daughter Candace got last year (October, rifle). So, it can be done - just seems real hard presently.

http://www.serioushunter.com/adventures/Photos/Can-buck-5-sm.jpg

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Nice!!!!!!!!

My son and I would be thrilled if you could take such a nice WT for his first deer. He is only 12, will turn 13 in November. Maybe he can shoot one on his birthday.

Thanks again!

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Blinking Red Light

It was dusk. I was sneaking up on a small herd of deer. It was working out pretty well. I was in full camo with camo paint on face and hands. Then, one deer made me out. Hmmmm. She looked straight at me - and then skipped off. But she had done so apart from the others - so I was still good. Then another doe, about 60 yards out, `made' me. What the ...

But she couldn't tell what I was. She snorted. She came my way, stomping and snorting. Then she would walk up the hill, and look back, to see if I would bust, so she could figure me out. She came back. I had her in an opening through the trees at about 50 yards, sky-lined. If she looped into 40, and off the skyline, I would take the shot. Dave was directly behind her, though quite some distance, supposedly filming, but I didn't want to send a 3-bladed broadhead his way - not something you do to a friend. She just wouldn't come in. Up the hill she'd go, then back down, stomping and snorting. At one point she even jumped up and down and pranced, apparently going nuts in frustration with what she was trying to think of me.

She never did come in closer. The small herd eventually left east, one or two going within bow range by Dave, armed with camera only.

I told him of my frustration of how they were `making' me in the woods - thinking I must have had the slightly wrong color of camo or something. "No," he said, "It's not the camo - it's the blinking red light."

I had left my FRS radio at home - and so at the last minute had borrowed one of his. We had used the radios to comm to get in on the deer, but on the final approach I had turned the volume way down and stuck it in a front pocket, though with the top visible over the top of the pocket. Unlike my radio, his has a blinking red light. Brick Wall,)

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