BTW, what are the odds to draw an elf tag?[/QUOTE]
That made me laugh Bitterroot Bulls. Merry Christmas!
blakebow8, there is a nice write up in the EBJ #65 May/June 2011, MRS download on Idaho. Awesome information for deer in Idaho there. There is some great planning information on the Eastman's MRS.
It is a tough time of year to be an admitted elf-hunter. That definitely won't get you on the nice list.
I agree with bitterroot, the frank church is defenitley a challenging hunt! We did a 80 mile float trip in the Frank a few years ago for mule deer, awesome country, extremely tough hunt though! We were there the 2nd week of november and the weather just didn't cooperate with us, no snow and the deer were still up very high which was tough for us hunting from the river up..We seen lots of elk deer and sheep but didn't really get high enough to where the bucks were..there is great potential for some good deer! I defenitaly want to return though after knowing the country a little better!
Is this a general season OTC hunt? Do you have a unit in mind? The Nez Perce and Payette National Forests are both pretty large, and incorporate a lot of restrictions due to varied unit management strategies. If you are an Eastmans member, I agree with Member Kevin Root that you might take a look at EBJ 65. You can also look up harvest stats on the IDFG website, which is a great resource. Most of the decent bucks around here do NOT come from OTC tags, and the deer population in central Idaho is and has been in a state of near irreparable decline for quite some time. Like most hunts, make sure you do your homework or face dissapointment. You do have a great attitude, and hiking away from more heavily pressured areas is always a good place to start. Keep an eye on fires this summer, at this rate, the west is in for a torcher. As always, best of luck, and if you get a chance, hammer your plans down to a few units and check back in.
Yes it will be bow. i'm in decent shape but will need to step it up and drop the extra 15lbs. It will be a backpack trip.Some of the other posts have shed a little light on the condition of the state. I've started into the research and will see what i can shake out.It all comes down to the right place at the right time.
Thanks for everyones input