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Location: Idaho Panhandle
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North Idaho elk hunting tips

This will be my second season going after elk around the CDA area and i was wondering if anybody would share their strategies for rifle hunting around this area. The mid to southern part of the state is a lot more open country for spot and stalk/ still hunting but up here i've noticed it is very dense and brushy. I know the elk are here but its just a matter of crossing paths with them. Anyways i would appreciate any pointers so i can come up with a game plan for this season. Thanks in advance!

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North Idaho elk hunting tips

North Idaho is a tough area to figure out for elk hunting. Everything you see in magazines and on videos is spot and stalk in open country...CDA area is not open country, it's dark timber. Best advise I can give you is to get at least a mile or two away from the nearest road and walk lots of miles until you start seeing rubs and fresh droppings. If you're seeing lots...5 mangled trees from one spot...you're in a pretty good spot. Now leave and come back again a week later and sit down in that spot a half hour before the sun comes up and listen for about 4 hours.

Repeat this sequence of finding elky looking spots until you've located about 5 different spots that the elk are using frequently. From my experience, elk up here move around a lot, especially during hunting season, and may be in a different bedding area every night. Realistically, if you want to kill elk consistently in North Idaho, you have to be willing to get up two hours before light and hike in a mile and a half in the dark and sit and shiver for about 10 mornings straight at your 5 secret elky spots... and if you're sitting in the right spot at the right time...eventually you're going to tag one.

The other approach we've had surprising success with is slowly stalking through bedding areas during the middle of the day. If it's raining or there's a good breeze in your face, every once in a while you'll have a shot at one that's trying to slip out on you.

Don't give up...statistically speaking, the average Idahoan around cda gets 1 elk every 7 years. If you haven't hunted seven years yet, you still might beat the odds.

And don't forget to apply for your Once in a lifetime Idaho Moose Tag...

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North Idaho elk hunting tips

Alright thanks for the advice! i'll see what i can find this weekend, i plan on covering lots of ground on foot and hopefully find a spot with some decent sign. that's a good moose! that from this year?

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North Idaho elk hunting tips

The moose was from this year, first day of the season. He was still in full velvet. We saw five different moose in the last hour of daylight. This one was too nice to pass up. Praise God for a freezer full of meat.

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North Idaho elk hunting tips

I live in the cda area. Iam not going to tell you where i find my elk, but i will tell you what the biologist did tell me and he was right.

Hunt closer to town than you think. there are alot of elk with in sight of houses.
In the last 7 years i have killed 4 elk with in a mile of a house. I do have access to private land though., But the borders between private land and the national forest work good for hunting elk. I also know of 2 bulls that where arrowed a couple of miles from the lake this year.

You almost have to hunt the elk like you would the whitetail.

Location: Sunriver Oregon
Joined: 09/18/2009
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North Idaho elk hunting tips

what tim said is right. with the pressure the wolves have been putting on elk and deer, they are seeking relief by coming close to town, if not into town to escape the viscousness of the wolves. so do us all a favor and take a wolf while your out there too. there are numerous accounts of wolves killing elk and deer just for sport. remember though that these elk and deer are now getting chased by a far more effective predator than man. there are going to be a hard animal to harvest. good luck and shoot straight.

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Hunting N. Idaho

Hi, I live in Coeur d' Alene. I would be interested in hunting with you and learning together on how to get one of these N. Idaho Bulls down. I'm 33, decent shape, and up for a hike. Let me know. Ryan 208-755-9513 hellonskis@yahoo.com

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