Idaho Elk

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  1. Kurtr
    Kurtr
    Going to start a discussion on each state. With how the draw works and preference points and hunting strategies

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  2. HuntingGriffs
    HuntingGriffs
    Going to buy my tag for Tex Creek Saturday morning. Will be my first hunt.

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  3. Rick Tischaefer
    Rick Tischaefer
    Tex Creek is a hell of a wintering area, both there and to the north and east. Archery hunted Elk Mountain near the Pallisades Reservoir a few years back. Way too close to Idaho Falls, the recreational activity on the National Forest was terrible. Good luck when you go. Rick

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  4. HuntingGriffs
    HuntingGriffs
    I'm looking at getting the b tag any bull and the season goes from October 15-21. Never been elk hunting before so it will definitely be a learning experience.

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  5. Retired Educator
    Retired Educator
    Have hunted elk in Idaho 5 times, 3 archery, 2 rifle. As far as I know there are no preference points for elk in Idaho, at least for rifle. Most of Idaho is pretty open for archery tags and available over the counter until some units fill their quota. Rifle I have used an outfitter. Archery? Kind of DIY except that I know a guy who lives in Idaho and is also an archery hunter. A built in guide for me. Haven't killed an elk with my bow but it's never been a lack of elk. Hunting with a bow I could have shot multiple bulls with a rifle. Either not quite close enough or just missed. And missed some chip shots. Rifle has been successful. Not shot a massive bull but did shoot 2 very respectable bulls, 5X6 and 6X6. All trips have been in eastern Idaho, virtually on the Wyoming border.

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  6. Retired Educator
    Retired Educator
    As far as recreational use, there are sections of the Caribous National Forest that are closed to motor-driven vehicles. Look for these areas to escape some of the recreation traffic. Most of these areas also have a quota on archery tags. Plan your hunt early. When they go on sale they have, in the past, been available over the counter until all are sold. Rifle tags are a draw in the special draw units.

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  7. Kurtr
    Kurtr
    I have rifle hunted the mcall zone for 3 years and not got an elk yet. never hunted the east side but in that unit i have heard of a fair amount of griz. On a otc diy hunt shot the first legal elk would be my opinion.

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  8. Retired Educator
    Retired Educator
    Heard from my buddy in Idaho that elk tags went on sale, I think it was Sat. morning and were sold out at 8:30. A few years ago (5 or 6) I could buy an archery tag OTC a month after they went on sale. Now in that special draw unit for rifle it has also turned into a limited number of archery tags. Archery is still OTC but when the number is gone, they are gone.No more unlimited archery tags. Don't blame the outfitter, his allotment of tags has not increased. Just so many more DIY hunters from all over.

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  9. HuntingGriffs
    HuntingGriffs
    I figured there would be a fair amount of bears there. I have a buddy coming with that is not hunting just for that reason. And yep I do plan on shooting the first legal bull I can, if I even see one.. had the tag purchased Saturday morning by 1:05 AM

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  10. Kurtr
    Kurtr
    there are still tags in idaho lots of them. I bought mine in july last year

    https://idfg.idaho.gov/tag/quotas-no...508.1486854052

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  11. Kurtr
    Kurtr
    its getting to be time i am starting to get the bug. My brother is going to be putting out trail cams this weekened

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  12. HuntingGriffs
    HuntingGriffs
    I've got the bug real bad. Pack workouts galore and trying to get all my things together. Can't get here soon enough

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  13. HuntingGriffs
    HuntingGriffs
    Well, Tex Creek got the best of me. Came home empty handed but it was a great experience. Climbing mountains for a week is very hard and humbling work.

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  14. Kurtr
    Kurtr
    I leave tommorow morning

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  15. HuntingGriffs
    HuntingGriffs
    Good luck Kurtr! Wasn't much snow when I was out.

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  16. Kurtr
    Kurtr
    Idaho won again lots of snow cold as hell

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  17. BP338
    BP338
    Dang, tag soup eh?


    I think I am going to put in for ID elk next year. I know some peeps over there that MIGHT be able to help me get started.

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  18. Kurtr
    Kurtr
    I think till my brother gets more time to scout I am done there. Should draw Wyoming next year and have a ranch to hunt on there

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  19. WLYHNTR
    WLYHNTR
    Anyone ever hunt the panhandle unit of Idaho? Planning on doing the 2 week rifle hunt in that unit next year and just looking for general intel or a starting area if anyone has hunted this area before.

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  20. Fly Carpin
    Fly Carpin
    Spend a fair amount of time in the panhandle for work. It's steep, thick, and elk densities are low compared to units south of there. Incredible country, but it will hand your ass to you if you're not physically prepared.

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  21. Kurtr
    Kurtr
    It’s thicker than hell in the McCall area and guys have told me that’s open compared to the pan handle. I can’t image how bad it would be. Doing some planning looks like I will be back in Idaho again but hunting with a resident who my brother is friends with. Local knowledge is tough to beat especially since they can scout all summer. It will be a completely new area for me but he’s been there for 15 years. I guess he has lamas we are taking in so should be interesting

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  22. Kurtr
    Kurtr
    first scouting trip of the year done and though it means little they did find a group of bulls . Tags are selling fast for the otc units there so if a guy wants one i would say they will be gone by mid july

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  23. Kurtr
    Kurtr
    Tags are gone earliest in ten years

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  24. JMF
    JMF
    I'm glad I bought mine early this year. The first year I went to Idaho (2015) I tagged out on the third day and was able to drive into town and pick up a second tag. September is coming fast.

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  25. Kurtr
    Kurtr
    going to a whole new unit with my brother and his friend it will be later season hunt it starts november 1 so some weather up high would be good for us. Got four lamas rented and they have started scouting so hoping this is the year to kill one haha

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