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Idaho Elk Areas

My group has planned to go to Idaho this year for 7 days to hunt Elk and Mule Deer simultaneously. We are looking at either going to the Salmon Area "28" or to the Sawtooth Area "33". I have not ever hunted Idaho before, I have rafted and fished the salmon river but I am not real familiar with the terrain. Any advice on which of these two areas is easier to navigate/hunt for someone coming to Idaho for the first time would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Brandosmoke, Welcome to BGH! Big smile We have a few Idaho hunters on here and hopefully they''l have experience with the areas you are interested in.

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Brando,

I have never hunted either of these areas but have hunted in area "4"....just north of Cour de' lane.....I personally didnt get anything but seen some cows opening morning but season wasn't open for them yet....I also seen some really nice muleys that were talken out of other camps....the year before I wasn't able to go and out of our camp they went 5 for 5 with 3 bulls (6x6, a spike and 5x5) and two cows...just depends on the year I geuss....the country side is awsome in Idaho....plan to move there next year after high school...

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Brandosmoke,
Unit 33 is closer to Boise and is more accesable. It will have a lot more people too. I assume you plan to bowhunt because unit 33 only has a spike tag for any weapon during the rifle season for mulies in that unit according to last year's regs. It is open for both animals during september for a bow though. Unit 28 is only open in December for both species and that unit could have very limited access in december depending on the snow. Tons of public land though. The Salmon Zone is open in September for 21, 21A and 36B for deer and elk, either sex, archery of course. If you like that area and want to bowhunt that may be your best bet. I don't know why 28 is so special though. There is plenty of game in these other units. The success rates are fairly good. Check out this web page. It always helps me choose my hunts. It shows #s of hunters vs success rates and size ot the animals killed.
The terrain is rough in most of Idaho and the game gets pressured so they get high and hard to find. Plan on hiking hard. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/misc/species.cfm
Hank

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Hank I plan on using a rifle and according to last years regulations a General B Tag for both the Salmon and Sawtooth areas Antlered Elk Season is open from 10/15 to 11/8. Since I posted this I spoke with a biologist and I plan on hunting the Salmon area GMU 28 because it does have the highest success rates in the state besides the draw areas. The sawtooth area is a close 2nd but once I took into consideration that I would be Mule Deer Hunting as well the Salmon area has far and away better success rates for Mule Deer.

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Also unit 28 was open for Deer any weapon from 10/10 to 10/24 and for Elk 10/15 to 11/8 so that 10/15 to 10/24 window is whenI plan on hunting both Elk and Mule Deer.

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