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Big Game Hunting => Deer Hunting => Topic started by: Kazekurt on November 16, 2020, 06:02:03 PM

Title: Idaho unit one
Post by: Kazekurt on November 16, 2020, 06:02:03 PM
Does anyone out there have any tips for Idaho unit one? I have 3 sons(11, 13, 14) holding tags and we spent most of our time Hunting in MT And WA this year and missed the early seasons.  My boys do not care if itís a Mule deer or whitetail and theyíll shoot any buck they can find.  Weíre thinking about trying the Bonners ferry area.  I know itís thick, steep, and nasty but we like a good challenge.  We like hiking In behind gates but weíre open to any suggestions.  Feel free to Pm me or text 5097602831(Kurt). 
Title: Re: Idaho unit one
Post by: boneaddict on November 16, 2020, 06:39:39 PM
Biggest issue is finding an area you can see other than straight down a road.  Muleys are wrapping up the (A)rut . Whitetails will be moving.  Not an easy hunt for most experienced hunters let alone kids and three of them at that.   Goodluck!
Title: Re: Idaho unit one
Post by: jackelope on November 16, 2020, 06:41:43 PM

It's jungle thick up there.  I honestly couldn't stand hunting up there. Too thick...no glassing, didn't know where we were going and we were early for the WT rut when we went so rattling and stuff was not effective.
Title: Re: Idaho unit one
Post by: Kazekurt on November 16, 2020, 06:45:25 PM
Thanks Bone, Iíve had good luck over the years in Western MT so Iím hoping some of my MT experience will translate to this area.  My original plan was to hunt the salmon region, but we just never got there.  Does the unit have lots of gated roads or perhaps a burn area?  Or is a guy better over playing down low on smaller parcels near the crops?   I am a high country guy, but having three kids in tow definitely limits the range.
Title: Re: Idaho unit one
Post by: snake on November 16, 2020, 07:00:48 PM
If you're going in blind, stay low by the crops. Bring a few jugs of whiskey and some smoked salmon and go door knocking. Might find a land owner who will let you take something out of his field.  :twocents:
Title: Re: Idaho unit one
Post by: boneaddict on November 16, 2020, 07:05:32 PM
There are gated roads as itís a grizz recovery area.  Itís pretty much thick and rugged.  Not sure what this storm did in regards to snow
Title: Re: Idaho unit one
Post by: jjhunter on November 16, 2020, 07:14:24 PM
Head up the Pack River.  Some open country up there.  Muleys and Whitetail.
Title: Re: Idaho unit one
Post by: Karl Blanchard on November 16, 2020, 07:15:15 PM
Mule deer closes Friday fyi
Title: Re: Idaho unit one
Post by: actionshooter on November 16, 2020, 07:30:15 PM
Mule deer closes Friday fyi

Yep, it changed this year...
 I have hunted the Muleys later by hunting the timber like you would a blacktail and had decent success, but it's THICK and would be super tough with kids.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Idaho unit one
Post by: idaho guy on November 16, 2020, 07:48:47 PM
The pack river had a lot of snow a week ago according to my buddy I havenít gone up there this year. Might not Be able get around much. Bonnerís has tons of whitetail on the private fields down low but just ok populations up in the hills. You could find some peices of public next to private but itís small areas mostly. Thereís some nice bucks and itís decent to good hunting in 1 but it is pretty thick might not be ideal for 3 kids depending on what they are used too.
Title: Re: Idaho unit one
Post by: idaho guy on November 16, 2020, 07:52:46 PM
You will be able to find a lot of gated roads though. Most have a 4 wheeler bypass  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Idaho unit one
Post by: Kazekurt on November 17, 2020, 08:25:51 AM
A big thank you to everyone who responded. We are headed there Wednesday to catch the tail end of the mule deer season, But we certainly wonít discriminate if we see some Whitetail bucks. 
Title: Re: Idaho unit one
Post by: X-Force on November 29, 2020, 11:33:15 AM
Any luck?