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Lewiston vs Salmon (Idaho)

Hi to everybody. I'm new of the forum and because I m European (italian) I know very little about the hunting around the USA. Well I know very well the hunt in North dakota, where I own a hunting property (it's a nice State where to hunt: very easy hunt in the great plains), but nothing about the rest.

I'm planning to buy a hunting cabin in another great hunting State. If I'm not wrong Idaho could be the right one. I would hunt bear, elk, mountain lions, upland birds, deers, hares and rabbit. I would fish salmon, steelhead. 
It's seem that Idaho has many wildgame and great fishing and I'm undecided if to buy in Salmon or Lewiston. A lot of public land too. I found both cities listed in top outdoorsmen list like among the best Top 35 in USA to hunt and fish. 

So the questions are: for you guys that you know Idaho is it true or just advertisement? Is it true that Idaho is one of the best State to hunt and fish in USA? Which are the PRO and CON? And which town is better, Salmon or Lewiston?

Thank you so much in advance for Your help.

Alessio

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Amico mio!!!
Salve amico mio! io sono un veterano dell'esercito americano e residente in passato di Vicenza. Benvenuti nel sito e complimenti per essere in grado di cacciare gli Stati Uniti. Continuerò in inglese come il mio italiano non è molto buono.  I am currently a resident of Colorado and have also lived in Washington state.  The hunting and fishing opportunities in all of the west are very good.  The one problem currently in Idaho is the impact of the wolves on the deer and elk populations.  I am a big fan of Colorado and have just taken my first elk this year!!  Your budget may constrain your choices but I know there is much to be said for this state.  Also, Colorado has much better access via air transport, many more skiing opportunities and better infrastructure.  Just some things to think about.  Let me know if you have any further questions!!
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Ciao SFC B

Il tuo italiano è buonissimo. Io abito aVerona a pochi chilometri da Vicenza. Spero che durante il tempo trascorso in Italia tu ti sia divertito. Per la caccia tuttavia gli USA non hanno rivali!!!!

I know that now in Idaho there are many problems with the wolfes. Does Colorada has a lot of public land or if you want to hunt in good place you need to lease private land? Where is the best place to hunt in Colorado elk, deers, bears, hares and upland birds?

Spero di sentirTi, è veramente strano poter parlare usando entrambe le lingue: italiano ed inglese.

A presto

Alessio

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Alession, è bello parlare di
Alession, è bello parlare di tanto in tanto italiana. Il mio vocabolario non è molto grande, ma mi piace. Ho 2 amici che posso anche parlargli in italiano. Uno è un americano che vive in Friuli per pochi anni e l'altro è uno svizzero che è stato uno scambio di studenti al mio liceo.
 
There is plenty of public land available, even though there are also large tracts of private land.  I Prefer the NW portion of the state overall for hunting.  It has the largest amount of elk and good amounts of other game.  I also has decent access even though it does not have as much public land as other parts of the state.  The more willing you are to venture deeper into the wilderness the more space you will have to yourself.  Here is a link to the DOW website which has a large amount of information....  http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Pages/Hunting.aspx
 
Sera
Larry
 
ps  Here is a pic of my first elk this year and the deer in my neighborhood
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Larry, la tua Elk è

Larry, la tua Elk è bellissima !!! Complimenti da un italiano che ama la caccia come la vita.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Ciao

Alessio

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Buying Idaho hunting lalnd

Most of the hunters, and especially the resident hunters, that hunt in the Rocky Mountain states are DIY hunters.  Every year it gets harder to find a place to hunt.  Many big ranches that previously allowed free public hunting are either being leased to hunting outfitters or they are being sold and subdivided into small properties that are immediately posted with "No Hunting or Tresspassing" signs.  In either case, there in not a lot of love from resident hunters for outsiders looking to buy hunting land.

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Thank You for Your

Thank You for Your Reply.

Alessio

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Both great choices. I grew up in Idaho and I just moved to Colorado this summer. I grew up hunting close to salmon. Idaho I know has more public property then most other states for hunting and good access for the most part. The wolves have made a dramatic impact on the elk & deer herds, however "in my biased opinion", I would take Idaho over Colorado anyday. The fishing is much better there and you don't have to worry about private property as much as you do in Montana or Colorado. However, there is a lot of resident hunters in Idaho and out of staters love to hunt there. I was always outnumbered 10 to 1 during the archery season by out of state hunters. Here in Colorado, if you have the money, I hear you can lease private land with a small group of other hunters and have the whole place to yourselves. Hunting may be better hear in CO but all around I would still recommend Idaho. Salmon is prettier then Lewiston and there is usually a bad smell from some of the plants in Lewiston.

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I appreciate your informations. My interest about Idaho born from the consideration that over there there is a lot of public land and a lot of kind of animals that you can hunt: from bear to elk, deer, mountain lion to upland birds. Yes, if you buy the land or lease it, like in Texas, the hunt can be wonderful, but I prefer the public land and the consequent freedom to go and change the place. To me, hunting is freedom and for me the taste of the hunting couldn't be so good if I have to hunt just in a private leased land or, in the worst case, inside the border of a high fences land.

Do you know something about the presence of hares and cotton tail in the Idaho State around Salmon area? Many bears too or the wolfs reduce that number too?

Thank you for your suggest

Take Care

Alessio

 

 

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I couldn't agree with you more on the public land thing. While private land has it's advantages, pulbic land is more challenging and I consider those who hunt public land to be better hunters. (my opinion) As far as hares and cotton tails: Once theres snow you can find a lot of the cotton tails in creek bottoms, rocky outcroppings, cedared areas, and basically areas where there is a lot of cover like willow. I always hunted them on river bottoms or lava rocks of South East Idaho. Most snow shoe hares are much harder and usually higher elevations and much harder to find with fewer around. There are plenty of Jack rabbits in the desert areas though. Lots of bears in that area I killed one elk hunting up there a few years ago. I don't think the wolfs have impacted them any. Mainly the elk are impacted. There is also some great stealhead fishing in Salmon.

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Stricker, you are right. I

Stricker, you are right. I would need some details about the land, because I know nothing of Idaho:

About the cottons hunting is it around Salmon the land: "creek bottoms, rocky outcroppings, cedared areas, and basically areas where there is a lot of cover like willow. I always hunted them on river bottoms or lava rocks of South East Idaho"

About Jackrabbits, the desert areas where is possible to find plenty of them is it closed to Salmon?

About the bear's area were you talking about the Salmon Area?

Thank you again and so much for what your opinions.

Take Care

Alessio

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