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Was wondering if any of you folks have any experience elk hunting those units (specifically 3,4,5,6,& 7). Just have some general questions. Can pm me if possible.

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what are you trying to find out about the area. I live in unit 3.

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Was just wondering what the population of elk is like, average size of a bull a guy could expect to harvest, how physical the terrain is (I'm young- can pretty much hike anywhere but was looking for a place where my old man might have a chance at a bull), if there's a lot of gated roads to walk down or if you just dive into the bush- if there's a lot of hunting pressure. Would be looking at the rifle season. Was just wondering if it would be worth the drive as I'd be coming from UT. I've been hearing units 6&7 have more roadless country than 3&4, true? Was up in unit 1-1 last year and was wondering if there's as many roads in those units as there are in 1-1. Thanks for any info.

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http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/default.aspx

this page on the idaho fish and game page can answer alot of your questions.

unit 3 and 4 do have alot of roads and hunters. There is a large portion of people hunting off of 4 wheelers. But the majority of these peeps don't get off of there 4 wheeler.

We have alot of elk, not many large bulls but 300 class bulls can be found.
I have had success packing in on closed roads. The one thing about north idaho is we are extremely treed. I mean alot of trees. If you are the type that climbs to a high spot to glass, you won't be doing alot of that here. Did i mention we have alot of trees. lol.

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What is the best way to hunt in the "trees" of Idaho? There seems to be endless forest with clearcuts once in a while. Any suggestions?

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the elk seem to have a 10 day feeding pattern. I cover as much ground on foot or bicycle as i can until i find the sign i am looking for. I than set up and wait.

I did get last years bull coming into a clear cut to feed at sunset. I covered as much area as i could for a couple of days until i found where i thought they would be.
I than snuck in a couple of hours before sunset and right before legal light was over the bull stepped out of the timber.

The elk hunting is tough but there is alot of access. The harvest rate is roughly 15%.

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I've been out in unit 10-A a few times (Clearwater region) look for new growth, areas that have been burned the season before are good,.. old timber works well also. If you going to Idaho you had better get your legs and cardio in great shape,... those "ant-hills" can take their toll on you if your not prepared!

Best advise,... find yourself a few flights of stairs to run up and down,... day in and day out ! Once that seems easy for you put on your day pack with about 40 lbs. in it and do it all over again !

Just to give you an idea of what your gonna' be up against,... take a peek below:

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tim
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here is a pic of north idaho

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tim wrote:
here is a pic of north idaho

WHERE????? lol neener!

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Tim,...

Hey there it is !! Thumbs up

Looks JUST like area 10-A to me. Yes Do you know where the "Grandad Bridge" is located ?? Our camp is not too far from the bridge.

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