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Idaho Unit 27 - Seafoam, Vanity Lakes, Langer Lake area

Last year I took my son out for his first deer hunt. We went to places my dad used to take me years ago, and were completely skunked.

This year, I thought I'd try being a bit more deliberate about it and do some research. I went to the F&G website looking at hunting success stats and saw that unit 27 had some decent statistics. Once I started looking at my topo-map program, I immediately noticed most of the unit is in the Frank Church Wilderness Area. Now, I'm not adverse to packing in someplace, but my boy might be... if you get my drift.

Anyway, looking at my topos, it seems like there is a "bubble" of non-wilderness, roaded areas at the Southern end of unit 27, allowing for some hiking in to the wilderness as well. This is the Seafoam Lake area, Vanity Lakes, Langer, etc. You can drive to Seafoam, but the other areas are hikes of about two miles round trip. Looking at the regs for this area, I also saw concurrent mule deer and elk seasons starting Sept. 15.

The little bit I know about mulies is that they will still be high that time of year. This is definately high country with some great spots from the topo maps as well as pictures where a guy could do some serious glass and stalk work. I will be going up that way in early August to camp with the family and will do some scouting as well.

Anyway, has anyone here hunted elk and deer in this area of unit 27? Any insight?

Also, we are camping this Summer a bit further South at Bull Trout Lake and will scout that area as well. I believe this is unit 35. Any experience down there? I've always hunted the other side of the Salmon River mountains and never the Eastern, Southern areas... so if someone knows this area, I'd sure love to hear from them.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

Mark

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Idaho Unit 27 - Seafoam, Vanity Lakes, Langer Lake area

The Seafoam / Vanity area is beautiful indeed - breathtaking !!! Worth exploring and spening time in for that alone. And not as brutally rugged as the rest of 27.

I suspect that a good portion of the tags filled in 27 are filled by hunters flying or packing (horses, etc.) deeper into the unit. That being the case, the parts of 27 that can be accessed by road will probably be `like' other areas accessible by roads.

I don't recall seeing tons of big game - but we were hunting trout at the time.

I'd be interested in how your trip and hunt turn out - keep us posted.

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Idaho Unit 27 - Seafoam, Vanity Lakes, Langer Lake area
Serious Hunter wrote:
The Seafoam / Vanity area is beautiful indeed - breathtaking !!! Worth exploring and spening time in for that alone. And not as brutally rugged as the rest of 27.

I suspect that a good portion of the tags filled in 27 are filled by hunters flying or packing (horses, etc.) deeper into the unit. That being the case, the parts of 27 that can be accessed by road will probably be `like' other areas accessible by roads.

I don't recall seeing tons of big game - but we were hunting trout at the time.

I'd be interested in how your trip and hunt turn out - keep us posted.

Thanks for the insight. This is one of those places I just have a gut feeling about. I guess there's nothing that says I can't hunt there and if I don't find anything, head over to unit 40 for a possible mulie.

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Idaho Unit 27 - Seafoam, Vanity Lakes, Langer Lake area

unit 35 is clogged with wolves around Bull Trout lake. and so is the rest of the Sawtooth zone.

27 is a VERY tough hunt. Very vertical. No roads, which can help or hurt, depending on how you look at it. Spend some time there to see that it is full of thoses pesky Canadian dogs as well

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