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IDAHO MULE DEER

I am new to the board, so hello!

I am seeking some info (local or non local) about the Frank Church Wilderness. Just wondering if anyone has hunted there, with any success. We are going to fly in for 8 days during the September hunt, and wanting to get an opportunity at Elk or Mulies....

Any help would be great!!
Thanks

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Re: IDAHO MULE DEER

The trip I had planned for last year into the Frank Church fell through, but I've done a little research to find out where not to go, and where some of the more recent burns are. So, I haven't set foot in the country, but may be of a little bit help. What do you want to know exactly?

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Thats awesome! Where to start.... I have a year and a half to plan, so I am gathering info as I can. Here is the plan:

We have a pilot, we will try to fly in to one of the state or private strips. (I hear you have to pay a fee to use the private fields) Hae you done the research on these, where would be the best place to fly in? Where would I get info on the private fields?

4 guys (Including pilot) Will fly in, pack our gear to suitable location. Pilot doesnt hunt, he will fish and hang out at camp. Probably fly a bit while we are out hunting. We plan on packing our gear in, setting up camp and hunting from there. Where is a good spot to start looking for huntning opportunity? Any areas we should stay clear of? I am in no way wanting to hunt your location, so general info is fine.

Thanks for all your help, in advance.

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I'm assuming you were planning on getting the Middle Fork B elk tag. But for starters, Cold Meadows and Chamberlain would be places to avoid. Sounds like those can be tent cities for guys who don't plan on packing in beyond the airstrips. Big Creek is popular too, but in general the air strips down low on the gravel bars get less use than the ones up high like Chamberlain and Cold Meadows. Outfitters operate out of each of those. There's a small private ranch between Chamberlain and Cold Meadows that has a private airstrip, but that's the only one that I'm familiar with. They also outfit.
Your preferred game may also dictate where you should fly out of. If mule deer is your top priority, then consider some of the more open, rocky, brushy or burned country. If your priority is for elk, then you may want to look for areas with a little more timber nearby. While the elevations aren't overly high in much of the Frank Church, it can get pretty alpine-esque in the higher basins, and you start running out of good habitat for both elk and deer. So don't get too high up, unless you want to spend some time just glassing.
And depending on how far your buddy has to fly in from, it may not make economic sense to do so. The air services typically only charge in the mid $400s round trip, plus overweight fees when you fly back with game.

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Yes, middle fork B tag is what we are going to be after I believe. I guess with the airstrips, lots of people fly in and do this sort of thing. We will be concentrating mostly on mule deer, but I would like to have an elk tag as well. Will this be a draw unit, and will I as well as my Out of State friend have to draw a tag? What unit is this in, 27, 26??? I definately dont want to see tent city while we are out there, I am hoping for rugged scenery that there arent a whole bunch of people. Where do you suggest for that?

Thank you so much for all the info. Do you plan on going up there next year? If so, you might be able to tag along with us.. Thumbs up

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Welcome and good luck on your hunt!!!

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Thanks prhunter... We are ready to go... Just trying to do the groundwork first, so that we have a great hunt.

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MO Hunter, not sure when I'm going to try again. It's high on the list of places to hunt still.

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Thanks for the website. I will look it over.

Keep it in mind, if you are wanting to go... we will be around.

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