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Montana VS Idaho Hunting Opportunities

Fellow Hunters, Fishermen and Trappers...I need some advice/suggestions please. Looking to move 1st of April to either the panhandle of Idaho or Northwest Montana to semi-retire and start to enjoy life a little. Made a trip out to NW Montana this September to look around and get a feel for the area. Drove over to Bonners Ferry and looked around as well. So much ground to hunt and so little time...any advice? Thanks

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hunt both

The panhandle of Idaho and Northwest Montana aren't exactly great elk country, but pretty decent whitetail hunting.  Tags aren't too difficult to come by for either, so make your decision based on living situation.  Montana has no sales tax if that helps, don't know who has higher state income taxes or property taxes.

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Montana/Idaho

Thanks Exbiologist!  Since I will be semi-retired I will have the time to do some pretty heavy scouting and time to learn the area.  I am looking hard at the area around Libby, Noxon, Troy area.  That way I am close enough I could slip over to ID and do some hunting.  The cougar, bear and deer are more my hunting choices but would definitely not turn down the chance at a nice bull elk. 

Looking forward to hearing from some folks in that area.  My trip out there this September looking where to set some roots just made me that much more excited abouting getting moved this April.

Have you hunted these areas?

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NW Montana

exbiologist wrote:

The panhandle of Idaho and Northwest Montana aren't exactly great elk country, but pretty decent whitetail hunting.  Tags aren't too difficult to come by for either, so make your decision based on living situation.  Montana has no sales tax if that helps, don't know who has higher state income taxes or property taxes.

Hmmmm, I only lived in NW Montana for 3 years, but I shot a bull elk each of those years, all DIY on public land, and the largest bull was a 6x6 that green scored 375 and had 59 1/2" and 60 1/2" main beams. As far as I know, that area is still over the counter general deer and elk licenses for residents. Lion licenses are restricted by drawing in at least some of those units.

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There are elk there, no doubt about that, but most people do better,(in terms of success rates) and the elk populations are greater further south.  Living there helps to be sure, and when I lived in Montana, I never hunted up there because we had good hunting further south..

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Montana elk

exbiologist wrote:

There are elk there, no doubt about that, but most people do better,(in terms of success rates) and the elk populations are greater further south.  Living there helps to be sure, and when I lived in Montana, I never hunted up there because we had good hunting further south..

I won't argue with you there, and we a lot greater elk populations in southern Montana before those Federal idiots planted wolves here.

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Elk

If, you move out west, it wont take long, and Elk will be number one on your hunting list.

Kevin

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Sounds like a win-win to me. There's some beatiful country up there. Remember also your not far from the border and there is some great BC hunts you could go on. At least that's what I've heard.

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Many Thanks

Thank each of you for the advice...can't wait to get moved!

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