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Idaho Elk DIY hunt

Looking to put together a non-res DIY Idaho elk trip this year (late start, I know). Made some calls and studied maps but looking for any and all suggestions/advice for good hunt for better than average bulls .

Have horses, will travel. Not afraid to go deep/rugged to avoid people. Any unit/area suggestions?

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http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/

 

hunt planner

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/

 

Idaho still has some good hunting.  Don't believe all the hype on wolves.  they have done damage but not the same damage all over the state.   You might want to look at the wolf harvest page and set your hunt up in an area that doesn't have alot of wolves harvested.

If you are looking into a backcountry hunt, Idaho has plenty of that.  I have found if you can get a couple of miles from a  trailhead or gate you are good to go. 

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Middle Fork or Selway

Any reason you wouldn't take advantage of the September seasons in the backountry?  If you've got the horses, or are willing to charter the flights, I'd go for it.

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News to me...

exbio, I wasn't aware of these early hunts, thank you. Hard to believe 'any weapon' hunts that early. Elk AND deer, no less...

Looks like success rates are fairly low on these hunts - Although I'd say they usually are on most backcountry hunts.

Thank you for the tip.

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Change of plans, again...

Exbio and fellow BGHer's,

After investigating your info on early backcountry hunts, we found that Montana has the same sort of thing - September backcountry (wilderness) hunts for elk and deer. We are condsidering Montana now instead of Idaho for this year. Trying to decide between the Bob Marshall wilderness and the Absorka-Beartooth wilderness. Seems like Bob Marshall might be a little more rugged (at least on paper)? Anyone have any info they care to share on either of these wildernesses (or prefer another maybe)? Our next step is scheduling a summer trip to scout.

On another note, to save hauling extra horse(s) across country and/or extra trips in and out of wilderness, we were looking for 'local' guy with horses to pack in horse feed for us (or with us). If anyone is willing to, or knows of someone that might be interested in such a thing, we would like to talk with them. Will pay for services.

As always, enjoy reading/sharing with y'all (I'm having trouble uploading pics myself - stupid computer!). Keep up the good work.

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Bob is less rugged

Bob Marshall is not at all more rugged than the Absaroka-Beartooths.  

Also, that local guy had better be an outfitter, otherwise you're committing a big no-no

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either wilderness area is

either wilderness area is rough and rugged.  Look into the horse rental thing.  we have done it in the past.  they are not outfitters, you are just renting a horse.  They are all over the west.

 

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Rough and Rugged

Thanks for the info...

We've been to some rugged places in other states in the past, the real issue is which wilderness would be better for elk in September?

Heard some say that Absoroka-Beartooth's elk may not be down from Yellowstone that early without weather?

What week(s) should we be expecting the best rut activity in those parts of the state?

Do y'all like to hunt pre-rut or rut better - some say herd bull easier to coax away from cows in pre-rut before the overtime kicks in at full rut In love

 

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Absaroka Beartooths are the high country

That wilderness is the high country that elk spill out of into the low stuff around Gardiner and Yellowstone.  

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