Hey guys, wondering if anyone has had experience hutning around the priest lake area in Idaho? I am headed for that area next year, and I am anxious but wondering what to expect. Also are the woods fairly thick, any logging, thanks for the help.
I've never hunted the area, but I've thought about it, so I pulled up some aerial photos for you. This looks like one of the more heavily logged areas I've ever seen in my life. That's not a bad thing, I'm a big fan of it, but wow. Look at all the different colored blotches on the mountains. Those are clear cuts of various ages.
So in response to your questions, the woods are thick, and the logging seems to be mostly clear cuts, very little in the way of seed tree or shelter cuts. Should make for good hunting.
You've never heard of google earth? Awesome scouting tool. Best thing since GPS. And its FREE! Just download it at
There's even a guy on here, oddhunter, who has map overlays to use in conjunction with google earth. It will have zone boundaries and all sorts of fun stuff. http://www.kmlers.com
Josh....I hunted that area for about 10-12 years. Without knowing a little more as far as where you are going I can give you some general info. The area is huge. You'll find areas that are logged and pretty much wide open and some that are as thick as the hair on the deer. For the most part, it isn't too steep, but there are exceptions to that as well. There is good water and feed all over the drainage and basically deer every where. On the google map.....it is a good tool, however, like everything else here in Idaho....it is way behind the times. I'm not sure exactly how old the images are that you'll pull up, but I'm certain they are at least 6-8 years old. And the way they log around here......it might as well be 50 years old. If you know of a specific area you want info on let me know.....and good luck!
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...