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SE Idaho General Elk. Unit 69, 61 or 64

My GF is a first year hunter this year and decided to buy her elk tag. The IDFG shut down the Elk hunt in the unit I've been hunting in for years, which has been pretty good. Numbers were a bit down, due to wolves in that area (15 wolves were moved out by F&G twice this year). I've been hunting an early hunt and havent had any luck, so Im a little hesitant in purchasing another tag for that unit (it goes till Dec 31, so there is plenty of hunting left to do, just need snow up high)... and I havent had to go scounting in other units.

I dont want to know your special spots but has anyone seen any decent numbers of elk (bulls and cows) in any of these units;

ID 69 - Tex Creek( either near Sheep Mtn or the NE side of this unit)
ID 61 - Island Park (near Spencer)
ID 64 - Palisades (near Moody)

I dont know what response I will get, but hopefully I dont offend anyone by asking. Again, I dont expect any details, mainly looking for suggestions.

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SE Idaho General Elk. Unit 69, 61 or 64

I'd lean towards 61, but that's without any first hand knowledge of hunting that unit. Just looking at the numbers, which is all I can do at this point (My Idaho hunt fell through when the dog got hurt), 61 has fairly low success, but it's got the most elk per square mile(1.8 vs 1.3 in 69 and 0.6 in 64), 674 sq miles of public land 1/10th the hunter density of 69 and 1/6th the hunter density of 64. The thing that hurts it in my rankings is the low success rate. Trophy potential is pretty good too.

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SE Idaho General Elk. Unit 69, 61 or 64

Where do you get your data? Is that something you gather yourself or is this public data?

I was leaning greatly towards 61. It's a drive from home, but I've hunted there in the past and filled my tags every year. It's a spike only unit, so I'm a little weary. Also, that unit borders Unit 59, which was the unit we used to hunt, till F&G closed that hunt down. I would guess that most of the hunters would go over to Unit 61 with the Unit 59 closure.

I just got a call from some land owners in Unit 69 and got permission to hunt/access their property. I dont know if this is a leaning factor towards.

Got any numbers on bull vs cow ratio in any of those units? Both 64 and 69 have a A & B tag (A is a late cow hunt and B is the general Any bull hunt).

What about info on Unit 63?

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SE Idaho General Elk. Unit 69, 61 or 64

Some of the data is available publicly, some of it is derived, some of it is calculated, and a tiny bit is projected. 61 is unsurveyed unit, so you have to project out from 60A. In talking with the data manager for Idaho, he felt it should be roughtly the same. So when you apply that elk density and bull:cow ratio from 60A to 61's area, you come up with what I've got. Only fair comparison I can do. As for the Bull:cow ratio, I typically just apply a bull density to get a total bull number, but assuming there are no real differences in all of the Island Park units (which is probably why they aren't all surveyed), you'd be looking at roughlly 30:100. The total area I was able to get from Idaho's GIS department, then I had to calculate the public land area within that.
But if given private land access to an area in elk country, I don't why you wouldn't pounce on that.

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