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Idaho Unit 27

Hello everyone,

I am looking to see if anyone has any suggestions about the Idaho Middle Fork Zone Unit 27. My question is with the 3 different seasons with the A & B tag hunting a brow-tined bull what experiences and preferences do you have? Are the bulls bugling during the Sept 15 - 30TH hunt? Are the bulls still bugling into October? Does the warmer weather affect the bugling during that time if winter does not set in early? Are you seeing more elk later say Oct 1 - 31ST or even later when winter sets in during the Nov 1 -18TH hunt? Any information would be greatly appreciated. I have given up on 39 & 43. However if you want any info on those two GMU let me know.... Thanks all

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Get the B tag!!!!!
I bought one a couple months ago and this will be my first time hunting there. Yes they will be bugling in mid to late september. Probably won't be bugling past the first week of October, if even that long. Weather will affect bugling. Oftentimes a September cold snap will really set them on fire. The warmer it is, the less bugling typically. But that doesn't mean that with a mid October cold snap they will start back up again.
In my opinion, since this is a wilderness unit at fairly low elevation(compared to everywhere else I've hunted elk), there's no way there will be enough snow during the regular hunting seasons to move elk lower and towards the few roads in the area.
However, if you aren't prepared to put some serious miles on your boots, don't even think about the Middle Fork. There's only a handful of access points to a 2.3 million acre wilderness area, so you're going to have to get past the roads.
I'm flying in to Cold Meadows airstrip, then packing my gear on foot 3 miles from there. Flights run about $400 round trip, extra if you're bringing out more than you brought in.
It looks like this:

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exbiologist,

Thanks for the info and beautiful picture. Do you have any contact numbers that i could get from you in reference to the flying in? I would sure appreciate it.

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Yeah it's Sawtooth Flying service. During hunting season he flies out of Cascade.

1-800-798-6105
http://www.sawtoothflying.com/

By the way, I'm still looking for someone to go with me. I'm alone as it stands now.

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read the post" wolves again". Dont mean to rain on your parade, incredible country, but the last few yrs has really tappered off. But if you go up thinking that elk and deer are all over the mountain, think again. tough hunt already, now much tougher. Even outfitters are really struggling, i get the imppression that many hunters in MT ID WY are leaving traditional hunting areas to look for greener pastures, hopefully this works out but for now Ut, CO, NM look like the safest bets.

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I have hunted unit 26 in november. We got stuck at the airstrip for 5 days waiting a storm out.
I would use middle fork aviation out of challis. The are truly good bush pilots.

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I've hunted with wolves when I lived in MT, and I live in CO( if any elk hunting is easy, cow elk here is it), and have an app in for NM. This is andventure for me, if I take anything it's just gravy, including a wolf. Big smile

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I've hunted with wolves when I lived in MT, and I live in CO( if any elk hunting is easy, cow elk here is it), and have an app in for NM. This is andventure for me, if I take anything it's just gravy, including a wolf. Big smile

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Wolf is most definately going to be your most abundant species in that unit!

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Has anyone bear hunted this area? I am looking at going up there at the end of May and the begining of June. Any advice would be nice. thanks

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No, but I'd like to hear how you do. I'm pretty sure I will tack on a bear tag when I'm up there this fall.

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