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S.E. IDAHO.

LADIES AND GENTLEMAN,  MY WIFE AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET OUT TO IDAHO FOR A DIY MULE DEER HUNT.    I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT FISH AND GAME PAGE FOR IDAHO.  WE ARE NOT TROPHY HUNTERS. BUT JUST A POSSIBLE CHANCE FOR A NICE BUCK. I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS I HOPE I CAN GET SOME POINTERS.

1. ARE ANY OF THE S.E. UNITS OTC FOR MULE DEER RIFLE HUNTS.

2. IS THERE ENOUGH PUBLIC LAND TO KEEP US BUSY.

3. CAN YOU CAMP ON PUBLIC LAND.

4. ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN ADD WILL BE A BIG HELP.

WE ARE FROM MICHIGAN AND HAVE BEEN TO WYOMING 4 TIMES. LOOKING FOR A NEW ADVENTURE.  THIS WOULD BE FOR 2016 AS WE ARE COMMITTED TO WYOMING FOR 2015

THANK YOU. WILL CHECK POST WHEN I CAN.

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I don't know of many members

I don't know of many members here that hunt the south east side of Idaho even if there are any. 

You might try giving their fish and game office a call. 

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SE Idaho

Yes to all of the above. Idaho has more public land 2nd only to Alaska. SE Idaho is famous for some of it's deer. That being said it has been hunted hard because of it. There is still good deer hunting but if you are going during a general rifle hunt plan on having company in most places. There OTC in many areas and there are several permit deer hunts if you can draw them. I would put in for them first then think about the general season. Getting away from people is the best thing to do. Many of the units will have decent bucks but not as many large bucks as there once was. I would recommend the area near soda springs. There is plenty of public land but there is also private as well. You need to look at some maps. Idaho fish and game have a interactive map you can use to see the private and public land. Be prepared to hike plenty. Get high and spot early and late. If you have ATV it will help in many areas. If not find areas where ATVs can get to.  If looking for a fun place to stay, I recommend staying in Lava Hot Springs. The hot pools would be very refreshing after a long day's hunt. Check it out. Also, check out the hunting statistics on the fish and game website. You can compare the success rates for the different units you are looking at and number of hunters. You can see several years back. You have plenty of time to research the area and put in for the 2016 draw. Good luck. Let me know if you have other questions. I'm from East Idaho.

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THANK YOU

smile THANK YOU STRIKER. GREAT STUFF. Grin

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Hunted SE Idaho a couple

Hunted SE Idaho a couple years ago, Alot of public land. Caribu-Tarhee national forest or somthing like that I believe. Camp anywhere in the NF. When time and funds allow i will go back.

If you end up driving a trail road (dirt), make sure it isnt about to rain.

ATV's come in handy. Keep in mind most of SE idaho is motorized restricted so you cant hunt off your ATV unless on a road that is accessible with a truck. Basicly cant hunt on your quad while on a quad trail. However when it comes to game retrieval you can.

There are big bucks to be had in this area, but are not easy to come by. Area gets hunted pretty hard and deer populations are not all that great but if your after a good DIY public land trophy I think a hunter with ambition can get it done here.

Take good glass and good luck!

 

 

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