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Idaho next year?
« on: December 27, 2019, 08:39:30 AM »
Idaho next year? Or East side Washington?

So I am going to post this here and in the where to go thread. Of course Iím new to Washington. With what experience I have here I know itís hard to find elk on the west side. I have not been out wandering on the east side yet. More and more posts and threads I read people are suggesting Going out of state. I too am considering Idaho, it close. Doing this alone would be tough though. As I am not a experience back country guy. I guess I need to research the harvest numbers as to where I want to spend my money and time this coming sept. So this question, does one spend this coming year planning prepping and scouting to hunt the East side. Or spend the time scouting a spot in Idaho when possible?



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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2019, 09:00:03 AM »
The words "doing it alone" and "not a back country guy" would eliminate anything Idaho from Boise to Canada in my opinion.  There is some rough country that can hurt you, even in the summer and 75 degrees

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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2019, 09:02:41 AM »
The words "doing it alone" and "not a back country guy" would eliminate anything Idaho from Boise to Canada in my opinion.  There is some rough country that can hurt you, even in the summer and 75 degrees


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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2019, 09:06:44 AM »
Its rough sure but there are a LOT of elk close to roads during season.
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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2019, 09:14:05 AM »
Well
I hunted Idaho and Washington last year. I went back to a high country hunt in Idaho that we used to do. Used to get some whopper bucks out of there every year. One year they shot a bear in the am a 5x7 Mulie one day and a 4x4 the next morning hiked out.
This year same place I saw 3 deer in 4 days. Lots of wolf sign. I do want to go back cause there has to be big bucks in there just need to figure out what and where they go when wolves are around. I saw more deer in Washington this last year than I did in Idaho.

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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2019, 10:36:53 AM »
There is some steep, steep elk country in Idaho. Not a backcountry hunter and by yourself sounds like a horrible time if you did get an elk. If you try unit 39 though no need to worry, a few of the other 10,000 hunters in that unit might help you out  :chuckle:

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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2019, 10:52:40 AM »
Its rough sure but there are a LOT of elk close to roads during season.

I agree in certain areas of the panhandle there is lots of elk by the road but its not that way in the majority of Idaho. 

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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2019, 10:56:32 AM »
Well
I hunted Idaho and Washington last year. I went back to a high country hunt in Idaho that we used to do. Used to get some whopper bucks out of there every year. One year they shot a bear in the am a 5x7 Mulie one day and a 4x4 the next morning hiked out.
This year same place I saw 3 deer in 4 days. Lots of wolf sign. I do want to go back cause there has to be big bucks in there just need to figure out what and where they go when wolves are around. I saw more deer in Washington this last year than I did in Idaho.
My son and I got lucky with nice deer but this year in Idaho most people had similar experience of very few deer seen especially mature bucks. This is was a common thread of what I was told from guys that live here and usually are very successful. Like I said we tagged out quick so I don't really know but sounded like something was way off   

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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2019, 11:13:04 AM »
My last 2 Idaho bulls and bucks were shot between 3 and 4.5 miles from the road. Idaho is awesome but it will chew you up and spit you out. Both of the bulls I shot were on solo hunts and they were in some seriously nasty stuff. If you are not prepared for this DO NOT go. Attempting a hunt you are not prepared for is a recipe for disaster.

That said, you have to start somewhere. Do your homework and train your mind and body for everything you think you might encounter. Backcountry hunting is no small feat and it pays to be prepared. I wold also highly recommend you get a device like a Garmin In-Reach or a SPOT.   
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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2019, 11:24:32 AM »
Its rough sure but there are a LOT of elk close to roads during season.

Complete nonsense!  I read it online you have to be at a minimum 2 miles from any road.  :chuckle: For the panhandle there are lots of elk next to the road but it is still tough country and you will be going straight up or down in some thick stuff to get to them.  Unless you are lucky enough to have a bull bedded in a road.  :chuckle:

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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2019, 11:41:47 AM »
Just my opinion based on my own experience but going in cold, without good Intel from people that have recently hunted the area you chose, should be viewed as a multi-year investment of time. Whether it is eastern Washington or Idaho it takes boots on the ground time to learn an area, find the animals and then understand how they react once hunting season starts. Unless you are extremely lucky and stumble upon a honey hole your first day of likely will take several seasons of prospecting until you can consistently find and kill elk in any given area and the closer you are to the road, and the crowds, the harder it is.

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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2019, 12:00:46 PM »
Also in my area there was a camp who had cow tags. There were no elk close to the road. The wolves had them pushed up high and deep. I saw 5 cows and they were up at 7500-8000 feet. I was 5 miles from a road

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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2019, 12:16:32 PM »
Just my opinion based on my own experience but going in cold, without good Intel from people that have recently hunted the area you chose, should be viewed as a multi-year investment of time. Whether it is eastern Washington or Idaho it takes boots on the ground time to learn an area, find the animals and then understand how they react once hunting season starts. Unless you are extremely lucky and stumble upon a honey hole your first day of likely will take several seasons of prospecting until you can consistently find and kill elk in any given area and the closer you are to the road, and the crowds, the harder it is.

Very very solid advice right there! This was our 14th yr hunting Idaho. Had folks camp one night at the trail head and hunt hard all next day and leave.  Two different groups from the Mid West to Michigan.  They drive hard all nite to get there. See no elk and get discouraged and leave. Which is fine by us. We don't go into the woods to be close to other people than in our own group.

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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2019, 12:28:42 PM »
Just my opinion based on my own experience but going in cold, without good Intel from people that have recently hunted the area you chose, should be viewed as a multi-year investment of time. Whether it is eastern Washington or Idaho it takes boots on the ground time to learn an area, find the animals and then understand how they react once hunting season starts. Unless you are extremely lucky and stumble upon a honey hole your first day of likely will take several seasons of prospecting until you can consistently find and kill elk in any given area and the closer you are to the road, and the crowds, the harder it is.

This is the truth with any new area You venture into. It's also the reason I have a hard time tearing myself away from the many areas I have hunted for years. But this is the year I will be spending most of my time in the NE corner. I'm going to hunt Deer, Turkey, and bear with a full understanding that I am just starting to learn the land and hope for an opportunity. Put My time in and each year it should get better as I have more knowledge of the area. I've
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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2019, 01:13:54 PM »
There's no better way to learn the country than having a tag in your  pocket. Just know your limits for packing one out.

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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2019, 01:20:01 PM »
With all the responses for ďdonít go to IdahoĒ everyone must be worried about tags selling out even earlier.

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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2019, 04:00:07 PM »
With all the responses for ďdonít go to IdahoĒ everyone must be worried about tags selling out even earlier.
If the OP was comfortable going alone and playing around in the back country, the answers would be different.

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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2019, 04:11:47 PM »
Doesn't matter what you do, go to Idaho or go to eastern Washington. what the hell, go to Western Washington. There is great elk hunting to be had in each of these areas. the only thing that really matters is how much you scout and how prepared you are for the hunt.  You have good elk hunting within 1 hour of where you live, but if you feel it necessary to drive 6 or more hours go for it.

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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #18 on: December 27, 2019, 04:22:30 PM »
I will say that went out of state for the fourth time last season. New area again with the hope of less hunters and more animals.

New areas are tough with only 10 days to hunt.

I saw more hunters than elk. I saw more bull moose than bull elk.

When I returned to Washington to hunt an area for the day that I have hunted for 20 years I saw more elk and bull elk in the first three hours than I did on the entire 10 days out of state and my wife got a 30 yard shot at a cow elk. No elk were harmed but we had fun and didnít have to pack out an elk.

Bottom line IMO, out of state hunting was a blast to see new country and experience a different hunt. Given multiple trips back to the same area Iím confident I would see more elk and eventually harvest an animal. For now to see more animals and have a higher chance of success I still feel that in state is the way to go.  I do see that possibly changing and that is why Iíve been looking at other options.
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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2019, 04:47:01 PM »
Lots of solid advise, I am honing in on the Collville National Forest. I completely agree experience on the ground is what Iím focusing on. Just trying to pick a region. I run a in reach every time I go out. Not that I am wanting to go alone but finding hunting partners is worse than courting a wife. 😂 I will be e scouting the state like crazy, This next month trying to dial in on my first scouting trip. Gear and exercise are also in the works. Thanks for your two cents😉 it is great! The tag opportunities is what mainly has me looking out of state. I need to read over Idahoís more though


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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #20 on: December 27, 2019, 07:52:24 PM »
Tag opportunities is a huge benifit of out of state hunting that I didnít address in my post.

Even though we saw less elk at least We had the option to shoot a big bull OTC.
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Re: Idaho next year?
« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2019, 11:42:50 PM »
Anywhere you hunt requires finding animals to be successful. You don't know where the elk are unless you put boots on the ground. As mentioned in this thread, a lot of areas-mostly south of highway 12, will eat a solo hunter alive. I've done a couple 60 mile round trip adventures into the Wildernesses on foot and couldn't imagine packing an elk out without air assistance or stock animals present.

Generally north of highway 12, there are miles upon miles of logging roads a hunter can hunt off of via truck or atv/utv and have a good time. Tons of old growth to clearcuts to regen to commercial thinning that makes things fun :)
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