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.
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.