I am planning a spring bear trip to Idaho. None of us have much money, all have lots of energy and hunting experience. This is our first bear trip out west. All have elk hunted the rockies before. I work with maps and air photos so I have a lot of resources to plan the trip. Unit 12 looks like the easiest to access with lots of logging roads to get around. This unit also has an abundance of marshy areas, lakes and creeks. Is hunting pressure going to be a problem?
Unit 16 North of the Selway is very steep but has some roads. Harvest stats look ok.
Unit 17 is massive and veryy remote - My guess is not accessible until June?
My biggest question is when to hunt. My first guess was Mid June because snow and run off would be less of an issue. Then more research showed that guides seem to like May 1 - 20th. I have a 9 day block so right now I am planning on May 12-20th. But I can switch for the 3rd week in June - what is best?
We plan on trying to start some baits but dont expect much to happen. Mostly spot and stalk hunting and use of predator calls along creek bottoms and south slopes.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.