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nunting idaho

HI i have moved to Idaho i was wonder if anyone could help me with some info on some areas where i could do some bow hunting this next hunting season 2009 i will be hunting deer and elk i live in boise so if anyone could give me so area with good elk and deer populations i would be pleased i have been bow hunting my whole life in oregon and do not want to stop now because of a move so please any help would be great.

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... well, you moved to a fabulous state! I grew up in Boise, and the interesting thing is that there are more deer and elk around there now than when I grew up. But I'm not gonna be good for specifics, since now I live up north. I think you will find that just about every elk hunter is going to complain about the wolves. And Idaho elk have been devastated by them. Go for it, anyway!

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Be sure to carry mace with you. I was maulled by a sow grizzly with a cub during the 2007 Idaho bow season.

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Derek1
What Game Unit did this happen in?
Rogie

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Rogie,

It happened in area 61.

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derek1
Care to say what happened? Thats a story I'd like to read.
rogie

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Yeah, I'd like to hear the story (I think).

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bear story

I had heard an elk bugle and was trying to get in to position to do some calling when I heard a grunting sound behind me. I started seeing some movement through the lodge pole pine and knew immediately what it was. I could see black with the distinct white tipped coat. She was very upset that I was there and as soon as she saw me she charged full out. I had no idea at the time that a bear was so fast. She had a small cub that stayed at her side through out the episode. As soon as she charged, I threw my bow down and grabbed the mace from my right side. When she was at 20 ft. I discharged it right in her face. She ran through the spray and ran by me on my left side. I continued to mace her as she passed me. I ran out of the mace as she went by. As soon as she hit clear air she turned and came back. I had a handgun on my left side and try to clear the holster with it before she got back to me but I wasn't quick enough. She hit me in the stomach and knocked me down on my back biting me at the same time. I expected her to get on top of me when I went down, however she didn't. I quickly rolled back to my feet. When I got back up she was headed down the mountain with the cub in tow. I think the mace was taking effect. A friend of mine was approximately 300yds. from me and he had heard the commotion and was headed to me. He helped me get out of there and carried me to the hopital in Rexburg. I had 2 puncture wounds and 3" long 1" deep hole in my lower abdomen. Several people have asked me why I opted for the mace first. I am not that good with a hand gun and figured I could better defend myself with the mace, plus Idaho fish and game recommended it. I hiked Idaho fish and game officers back to the location where it happened once I got out of the hospital. They said that I had done everything right. I know I am very lucky, I only have scars now and I am still able to chase elk up and down the mountains.

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Gulp, I am glad you are still with us to tell us the story. IMO you did the right thing. Statistically, spray is twice as effective as a firearm.

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Wow, you're really lucky. It was probably a good thing you went for the mace first. If you had shot her, it probably just would have pissed her off.

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