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Idaho - New and some muley questions

Howdy everybody,

I'm Ryan. I'm new to hunting. I'm living in Boise, and hoping to have my first deer season this year. I'm thinking that I'm going to hunt unit 39. I was wondering if anybody had any tips or info about hunting Muleys in this unit? The terrain varies from high mountains (7,000ft) to canyon on the river (probably 3,000ft). There is both pine forest and sage desert. The Any Weapon season runs from Oct 10 through Oct 31. What would be the best terrain to look for deer in that time of year? I hope to spot and stalk, just because it looks like so much fun. Is there anybody on here that hunts that unit? I'd really like to meet somebody that wouldn't mind showing me the ropes of hunting. I've graduated hunters safety and done some small game hunting.

There really isn't anything I can offer in return since I'm new to hunting, but I am a falconer and would be happy to show you what it's about if you're interested.

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Since no one else has jumped in here, I'll take a stab at this, with the caveat that I have not hunted in 39...

Anyway, you've got a ton of public land in the area, but unfortunately, you're also right near Boise, so I'd expect quite a bit of pressure.

I don't know off the top of my head at what elevational strata the "mid elevation" mountain shrub communities are at in that part of Idaho.  But, I'd focus my attention near where those shrublands turn to denser forests.  If you've got some good sparse forests, that's a good place to look too.

The Danskin Mountains are mostly BLM, and look like an interesting place to me, but I'd be concerned about the amount of pressure in the area.  But you've got some seriously deep canyons along the various forks of the Boise River.  Though there's a lot of roads in and around the major drainages, but I'd bet you can ditch a lot of the casual hunters by being willing to hike into some of the feeder drainages.  An arm of Arrowrock Reservoir on the South Fork the Boise River doesn't seem to have many roads nearby, and might be an option.  Further in, you've got places like Crooked Creek, Sheep Creek, Brown's Creek, Lost Man Creek and Bald Mountain Creek that seem like they could be decent options based on a quick scan of a map.

Like I said, just a guess, but make sure you scout it.  Let us know how it goes.

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Thanks!

exbiologist wrote:

Since no one else has jumped in here, I'll take a stab at this, with the caveat that I have not hunted in 39...

Anyway, you've got a ton of public land in the area, but unfortunately, you're also right near Boise, so I'd expect quite a bit of pressure.

I don't know off the top of my head at what elevational strata the "mid elevation" mountain shrub communities are at in that part of Idaho.  But, I'd focus my attention near where those shrublands turn to denser forests.  If you've got some good sparse forests, that's a good place to look too.

The Danskin Mountains are mostly BLM, and look like an interesting place to me, but I'd be concerned about the amount of pressure in the area.  But you've got some seriously deep canyons along the various forks of the Boise River.  Though there's a lot of roads in and around the major drainages, but I'd bet you can ditch a lot of the casual hunters by being willing to hike into some of the feeder drainages.  An arm of Arrowrock Reservoir on the South Fork the Boise River doesn't seem to have many roads nearby, and might be an option.  Further in, you've got places like Crooked Creek, Sheep Creek, Brown's Creek, Lost Man Creek and Bald Mountain Creek that seem like they could be decent options based on a quick scan of a map.

Like I said, just a guess, but make sure you scout it.  Let us know how it goes.

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Thank you very much for the advice and suggestions! I'll be sure to scout those areas. I don't mind a hike especially if it gets me into good areas.

If you don't mind me asking, what did you see on the maps that made you suggest those areas? I'd be really great to know what to look for.

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lack of roads

First thing that jumped out at me when glancing at a map was the number of roads in the area.  Since it's so close to Boise, I figured you'd have a ton of road hunting as well as some other recreational traffic.  Those drainages looked sufficiently large and without roads.  My map doesn't indicate what kind of vegetation you'd be looking at though.  

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There are good deer in 39 but

There are good deer in 39 but you'll have to hunt hard and often to find them as that unit gets a lot of pressure.  I'd recommend getting as far out of town as you can and hunt on weekdays if possible.  A lot of good deer are taken out towards Atlanta as it's a little farther than most people want to go to hunt...but that's what makes it good.

There is also some good hunting out towards Emmett.

You can also hunt general season in Unit 43 which is out by Anderson Ranch Reservoir, I've had good luck out there but it's quite a bit of hiking so make sure your in good shape and prepared to pack your deer out if you need to.

There is also a 2 point season out in Unit 40 which is the Owhees so it's only about an hour from Boise. Unit 40 is a trophy unit and you will see a lot of bucks which is exciting, just make dang sure it's a 2 point before you pull the trigger!

I'd like to say I'd take you out and show you around but me and my backpack leave town on the 11th and don't come back until I've got a buck and that doesn't really fit into others schedules so well, which just reminded me I need to make sure my SPOT and SAT phone are in good working order so I can keep in touch with the wife and she won't freak out if I'm gone for a week or more!

Good luck with your hunting!

 

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