Spent a summer on the Selway in younger years The Riv is down in a hole. Steep, lots of moisture, vegetation, dense, thick. The drive up Big Fog into the Selway Crags is wonderful. Deer (both species), elk, moose, bear, Mtn Goat, trout in the lakes and streams. Truly beautiful on top. Did some backpacking, fishing, etc. In the IFG Regs description of Unit 17 it says ..." ... and Three Links Creeks to the wateshed divide between the Lochsa and Selway Rivers, then northeast along the divide ... to the Idaho-Montana State line, then ..." These `then's' are big `then's' ... encompassing huge country that I have not trampled in. Access limited. Can get in from Powel R.S. on the Lochsa, or Elk City, otherwise by plane (Fish Lake, Moose Cr.?). I've also been in the Meadow Creek area. I have heard generally that the elk herd has been hurt bad by wolves on the Selway. One party I know of this fall was having a dandy (guided) hunt until a pack moved in, elk vanished. I consider the Selway a lot denser and darker than the Salmon Riv area to the south. There are certainly others who know more about 17 than I do - but we had to start somewhere.
That is a great start. I know there was a burn there about 5 years ago. Possibly a few localized burns since. I wonder to what extent and where this area burned.
One account I heard of from 5 years ago was from a friend who packed basically right through the unit in just a few days. He said he didn't see any wildlife. I find this hard to believe given the relatively good success rates on deer and elk int he area.
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...