collapse

Advertisement


Author Topic: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1  (Read 2239 times)

Offline VickGar

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Tracker
  • **
  • Join Date: Nov 2020
  • Posts: 28
  • Location: Tri-Cities WA
Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« on: February 21, 2024, 05:19:31 PM »
Hello everyone,

I am super excited to be able to hold an Elk and Deer tag for Idaho. I was not able to get any of my first choices but I did get an Elk City B tag and Unit 1 deer tag. Both are rifle tags. 

This will be my first venture out of Washington, I do travel to Idaho for work every year since my employer is based in Idaho and I will be going on the occasional camping trip with the family to do some scouting trips and set trail cams.

Looking to network with someone that shares the same tags, it would be cool to share trail cam pictures and any scouting trip info with someone that has the same tags. If anyone is willing to share some insight on these units Iíd really appreciate it. Feel free to sent me a message.

Cheers!
« Last Edit: February 21, 2024, 05:32:10 PM by VickGar »

Offline Fidelk

  • Non-Hunting Topics
  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jul 2016
  • Posts: 3841
  • Location: Sequim, WA
  • Groups: NRA, JCSA
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2024, 07:16:05 PM »
Hunted elk/deer east of Elk City about 15 years ago in September (it snowed a bit)......there is a dirt/gravel road (Magruder Trail?) that runs all the way to Darby, MT. We camped in USFS campground (Poet's Creek?). Close to a large wilderness area (Frank Church?). Great looking country. One problem, the wolves had run the elk off. Saw a few nice whitetails. No idea of current conditions.

Offline versydus

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Oct 2018
  • Posts: 17
  • Location: Pullman
  • Groups: USMC, Recon, RMEF, NRA
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2024, 12:44:18 PM »
Whitetail or general deer for unit 1?

Sent from my SM-S901U using Tapatalk


Offline VickGar

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Tracker
  • **
  • Join Date: Nov 2020
  • Posts: 28
  • Location: Tri-Cities WA
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2024, 03:57:36 PM »
Whitetail or general deer for unit 1?

Sent from my SM-S901U using Tapatalk

Hey versydus, I have a general deer for unit 1.

Offline versydus

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Oct 2018
  • Posts: 17
  • Location: Pullman
  • Groups: USMC, Recon, RMEF, NRA
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2024, 05:51:58 PM »
I'll send you a pm

Sent from my SM-S901U using Tapatalk


Offline WapitiTalk1

  • Forum Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+9)
  • Old Salt
  • *****
  • Join Date: Oct 2011
  • Posts: 7491
  • Location: Wet Side, Rainier, WA
  • Groups: RMEF, NRA, US Army (R)
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2024, 06:09:00 PM »
Hunted elk/deer east of Elk City about 15 years ago in September (it snowed a bit)......there is a dirt/gravel road (Magruder Trail?) that runs all the way to Darby, MT. We camped in USFS campground (Poet's Creek?). Close to a large wilderness area (Frank Church?). Great looking country. One problem, the wolves had run the elk off. Saw a few nice whitetails. No idea of current conditions.

Did the same (for elk) 7? years ago. It is not a very good tag. Hunted HARD for almost two weeks in that general area with two pack in camps, 4+ miles in. Mid hunt, went to elk city to resupply a bit and talked to an old codger at the burger joint. He was on site and watched the release of the first breeding pairs of Canadian wolves off the mcgruder road; he watched from a distance but could hear the whooping and hollering from the ďreleasersĒ. Hereís all u need to know, that area is ground zero for wolf introduction. Pre wolf herd of 17K in the Selway down to 2K. Nuff said.
Darton Archery Maverick II
Traditions Vortek StrikeFire Smoke Pole
Weatherby VG-2 Boomstick
"Poking at a campfire with a stick is one of life's great satisfactions." Patrick F. McManus

Offline VickGar

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Tracker
  • **
  • Join Date: Nov 2020
  • Posts: 28
  • Location: Tri-Cities WA
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2024, 07:21:39 PM »
I'll send you a pm

Sent from my SM-S901U using Tapatalk

Right on man, much appreciated!

Offline TeacherMan

  • Business Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+4)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jul 2008
  • Posts: 3975
  • Location: North Idaho
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2024, 07:50:06 PM »
Iíd be focused on the unit 1 deer hunt. Definitely elk in your area but itís not easy hunting. As for unit 1 deer, Iíd focus on mule deer north of Priest Lake. Gorgeous country.
If you shoot the first one you will never get that true trophy.

Offline VickGar

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Tracker
  • **
  • Join Date: Nov 2020
  • Posts: 28
  • Location: Tri-Cities WA
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2024, 09:18:31 PM »
Iíd be focused on the unit 1 deer hunt. Definitely elk in your area but itís not easy hunting. As for unit 1 deer, Iíd focus on mule deer north of Priest Lake. Gorgeous country.

Thanks for the insight TeacherMan, I spent this past season archery hunting and getting within shooting range of some solid 4x4 mule deer. Unfortunately didn't have any clear shots to send an arrow. With it being my first out of state hunt I wont be super picky. Id thinking of a 5+ day hunt. If I can set my eyes on a nice whitetail or mule deer I wont hesitate. 

Offline boneaddict

  • Site Sponsor
  • Administrator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 49728
  • Location: Selah, Washington
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2024, 06:56:46 AM »
It might take you more than 5 days.  There aren't a lot of deer there but there is some serious quality.   Very high predator to prey ratio, including those with humps.  Be careful! 

Offline VickGar

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Tracker
  • **
  • Join Date: Nov 2020
  • Posts: 28
  • Location: Tri-Cities WA
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2024, 07:29:01 AM »
It might take you more than 5 days.  There aren't a lot of deer there but there is some serious quality.   Very high predator to prey ratio, including those with humps.  Be careful!
Thanks boneaddict!
Yes Iíve been doing as much research on here ,  GoHunt and the Idaho fish and game website. Iím hoping to stay closer to 10 days. I hope the scouting trips with and cell cams with help to get dialed into an area.

Offline Bigfoot28

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2021
  • Posts: 3
  • Location: SW WA
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2024, 09:59:16 AM »
Iím in the same boat with an Elk City B tag and unit 15 white tailed deer tag. From talking to people that hunted it last year, it sounds like it was tough sledding for elk from their experience. A lot of wolf impact in that zone. Iím happy to PM you with information from what Iíve gathered.

Offline raydog

  • Trade Count: (+4)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2012
  • Posts: 788
  • Location: Wetside
  • Groups: RMEF
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2024, 10:22:30 AM »
Are you targeting mulies or whitetail in unit 1?

Offline ganghis

  • Trade Count: (+4)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Sep 2016
  • Posts: 361
  • Location: Tacoma
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2024, 11:44:06 AM »
I had those exact tags two years ago and shot a 5x5 elk and a little whitetail buck in unit 1 (2 different trips). 

The unit 1 tag was nice because you can hunt it close to the rut.  I probably should have held out for something bigger but it was pretty cold that year and I was pretty burnt out at the end of the season.  Lots of cuts to hunt on the E side of Priest Lake, but I didn't explore the area too thoroughly.

The bio for elk city unit was really helpful to talk to - I definitely saw elk where he told me they would be, but there was a lot of pressure there too (I was in unit 14).  I ultimately ended up having success backpacking into the Gospel Hump wilderness, though it took me 4 days to pack the meat out.  There were some guys with llamas back there, but too many blowdowns for horses/mules.  If you hunt 14, make sure you're familiar with their CWD regs.

Offline VickGar

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Tracker
  • **
  • Join Date: Nov 2020
  • Posts: 28
  • Location: Tri-Cities WA
Re: Idaho Elk City Zone & Unit 1
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2024, 05:44:21 PM »
Iím in the same boat with an Elk City B tag and unit 15 white tailed deer tag. From talking to people that hunted it last year, it sounds like it was tough sledding for elk from their experience. A lot of wolf impact in that zone. Iím happy to PM you with information from what Iíve gathered.
Feel free to shoot me a message. Iíd be willing to share info of scouting trips and trail cam info. Anything to help someone else in my same situation.

 


* Advertisement

* Recent Topics

SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2024, SimplePortal