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Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« on: September 28, 2023, 08:22:34 PM »
I live in Unit 6 in Idaho and spend quite a bit of time in the woods but never really focused on mule deer in Idaho with the season only being 9 days here. With my hunting partner drawing this tag this year we plan on focusing on a big mule deer. Iíve been thinking of the Montana/Idaho border in unit 7 above Avery. We have mostly weekends, we do both have wheelers. We are definitely open to suggestions within the panhandle, we have thought about thanksgiving up above Sandpoint. Will keep everyone posted once we start focusing on the tag in November.
If you shoot the first one you will never get that true trophy.

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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2023, 09:20:45 AM »
Thoughts on when mule deer rut really occurs in north Idaho?
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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2023, 11:16:10 AM »
We hunt unit 6 specifically for mule deer. i think the week after general season is the golden ticket. im not sold on road hunting, but i think using your wheelers, covering the most ground as possible the fastest and easiest compared to hiking and isolating yourself to one area. and divide and conquer too. so many roads to travel and explore, then meet up once you locate deer is going to be a good starting point.

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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2023, 11:33:17 AM »
They start becoming killable about the 24th, very active by Halloween, peak about the 9th-11th, and activity starts to wane from there, of course the muley rut ebbs and flows like the tide depending what ridge you are standing on.   There is a break before thanksgiving and then another surge.   

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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2023, 11:35:29 AM »
They start becoming killable about the 24th, very active by Halloween, peak about the 9th-11th, and activity starts to wane from there, of course the muley rut ebbs and flows like the tide depending what ridge you are standing on.   There is a break before thanksgiving and then another surge.

I was hoping you would chime in 😂 I know whitetail and their habits but Iím not the mildly man and I know you are! So sounds like itís a little earlier then than whitetail.
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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2023, 11:37:04 AM »
Unit one has been very poor the last couple years.   Not sure about East of there. 

YES, I can only assume that was gods plan so we dont have a bunch of hybrids running around.    First wave of muley is wrapping up as Whites are amping up

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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2023, 12:08:30 PM »
I have put in for that tag for 15 plus years and have never drawn it. We have always done well for mulies in unit 1/2 the second week of November


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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2023, 12:11:20 PM »
Back when we could hunt till the end of November, we would just hunt as high as we could get on the mountain. The mulies up in that country tend to stay up high late into the season in my experience.


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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2023, 06:18:53 PM »
I have put in for that tag for 15 plus years and have never drawn it. We have always done well for mulies in unit 1/2 the second week of November


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Everything he puts in for he gets first try it seems 😂😝 Definitely plan on putting miles on looking for a wall worthy buck. Honestly if we can find him a solid mature 4x4 he will be over the moon.
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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2023, 08:33:10 PM »
My college roommate owned two cabins in Avery.   Used to spend a lot of time up there.  That country produces a prehistoric kind of buck.   The frames on those deer are just nuts.

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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2023, 08:38:54 PM »
I personally had the tag in Ď05, but it was just Unit 1.  I was active duty Navy and got one 3 day stretch to hunt it when I flew up from San Diego while we were in port getting our non-skid replaced.   I think I bought a last minute overpriced ticket to Spokane, paid an Ensign $500 to take my duty day, borrowed a buddies pickup and climbed up in to the high country for a day and a half.   Found an absolute giantÖdidnít get him killed.  Tough logistics back then :chuckle:

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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2023, 06:57:38 AM »
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That country produces a prehistoric kind of buck.

I love this description.   There just arenít a lot of deer there, but by golly when you find one, they usually leave an impression. 

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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2023, 07:57:49 AM »
I know a guy who found one side to a very nice muley up between periwinkle and bluff creek. The other side was found by a forest capital forester, they had it in there office. Land has changed hands a couple times since so its probably not still in the office. If I had the tag I would look hard up bluff creek

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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2023, 10:51:51 AM »
tagging a long. I'll send a DM soon.

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Re: Any buck tag unit 1-9 Idaho 8/30-12/31
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2023, 09:04:41 PM »
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That country produces a prehistoric kind of buck.

I love this description.   There just arenít a lot of deer there, but by golly when you find one, they usually leave an impression.

I love the description too 😂 Iíve found a few nice sheds up on the MT border above Avery but your right, you just donít see the numbers.
If you shoot the first one you will never get that true trophy.

 


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