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Old 07-31-2014, 06:46 PM   #51
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Hunter Dan and I will be going together. Zone 75 north of Montpilier. South east corner of the state.

Along with the other 2,000 others. That area gets hit hard with hunters. Buy a mountain lion tag too while your there. Lots of cats.
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:47 PM   #52
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:02 PM   #53
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Along with the other 2,000 others. That area gets hit hard with hunters. Buy a mountain lion tag too while your there. Lots of cats.
I may do that. Have gone to that area several times and have seen great bucks and huge bulls. Had a 450+ bull at 100 yds with no elk tag. Won't make that mistake this year. We're going weekend to weekend, should have the locals back at work during the week days. Also were going deep in the hills away from the quarry. Shouldn't be many people higher up.
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:35 PM   #54
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wow what part of Idaho will you be hunting ? I own some acreage in Orofino ID.
Hunted out of Orofino for five or six years straight around 25 years ago. We hunted Whitetails and Elk, part of the time around DeVorshak (sp) reservoir and then east of town.
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Old 07-31-2014, 10:04 PM   #55
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Believe it or not but I got service. Been watching a herd or 20+ for the last 2 hours. Then spotted a bunch more about 8 ridges away.
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Believe it or not but I got service. Been watching a herd or 20+ for the last 2 hours. Then spotted a bunch more about 8 ridges away.
Now that is very kewl! How high up are you?
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Now that is very kewl! How high up are you?
Not really sure but I am thinking about 6,000 feet. I went to another area and saw 17+ elk all cows and calves. then saw two small bucks and a bunch of does. They were all down low. Heading back today though as I got some stuff to get taken care of. I will try and post some pics tonight when I get home.
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Not really sure but I am thinking about 6,000 feet. I went to another area and saw 17+ elk all cows and calves. then saw two small bucks and a bunch of does. They were all down low. Heading back today though as I got some stuff to get taken care of. I will try and post some pics tonight when I get home.
Awesomeness!!!
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Old 08-01-2014, 05:10 PM   #59
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I got some decent photos so I will share them here soon.
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Old 08-01-2014, 05:22 PM   #60
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Hunted out of Orofino for five or six years straight around 25 years ago. We hunted Whitetails and Elk, part of the time around DeVorshak (sp) reservoir and then east of town.

Dworshak Reservoir. I grew up in Orofino and will be visiting in Lewiston mid Sept. I was planning on hunting 10A, but have since found out my Dad is fighting cancer, so not sure if I will be able to get in the woods.
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:38 PM   #61
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OK here are some of the photos I snapped from my short trip. See if you can find the elk in a few of the photos. Lot's of scenery types of photos but some have elk in them. They were a ways away but sure fun to watch. This is the area that I will be hunting.
Then i snapped this photo and thought it looked cool
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:48 PM   #62
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Downright impressive sir!!!
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:52 PM   #63
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Dang!!!! I'd be looking for some other game in I da hoe! But it looks like you've got the wildlife figured out.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:10 AM   #64
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Me a 3 others will be up there 9/1-9/9. Back country pack in. Flying up 9/21-23 to scout. Send me a pm when you get a chance.
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:11 PM   #65
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Working out some details on a idea I got. When I get it all figured out I'll let you guys know about it. If your interested in hunting Idaho send me a pm.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:28 PM   #66
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Sounds like there are going to be quite a few people coming up here to hunt.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:36 PM   #67
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Then maybe we should have a TBH-Idaho get together when we get there
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:52 PM   #68
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We should but I believe there is going to be a big span on miles from where everyone is hunting and at what time.
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:11 PM   #69
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That would awesome to have a get together ...I'm driving up..leaving 9-10 and returning 9-21...if anyone driving up this at time....maybe we follow each other..we are driving straight through..
Those pics are the closest if been ...I can't wait....
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Old 08-07-2014, 01:08 AM   #70
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That would awesome to have a get together ...I'm driving up..leaving 9-10 and returning 9-21...if anyone driving up this at time....maybe we follow each other..we are driving straight through..
Those pics are the closest if been ...I can't wait....

Where are you heading?
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:58 AM   #71
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I am going on opening weekend (Labor Day weekend) but will only be armed with my video cam and my Nikon, Its wasnt economically smart to burn a tag for three days of elk hunting..Still have an Idaho OOS license but will use it for waterfowl this fall..We will be in unit 56, they restrict ATV's in the unit so we might have to walk in a ways and of course pack one out (hopefully)..its gonna be a warm one
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:21 AM   #72
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It may be warm. We just got totally flooded out the last 3 days and it's a mess. Hoping that the weather can cooperate and figure out what it wants to do by the time season starts.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:08 PM   #73
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Working out some details on a idea I got. When I get it all figured out I'll let you guys know about it. If your interested in hunting Idaho send me a pm.
I am on standby!
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:47 PM   #74
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I am on standby!

It looks like it will be something I will be offering next year. It's going to take a while to get everything worked out but in the end it should be awesome. I'll let you know first Oscar!
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It looks like it will be something I will be offering next year. It's going to take a while to get everything worked out but in the end it should be awesome. I'll let you know first Oscar!
Fair enough brother, I really appreciate you being so generous! As we spoke about, I think you and your wife need to spend this first year enjoying your new surroundings and such. The offer of first dibs is greatly appreciated also........looking forward to the opportunity of chasing elk in Idaho.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:09 PM   #76
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I understand what your saying Oscar. Though I think a tbh Idaho group hunt. Deer or elk but there are some great opportunities up here.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:42 PM   #77
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Where are you heading?
Area 50-51...chasing elk..for the first yr..
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Area 50-51...chasing elk..for the first yr..

Rifle or archery?
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:49 PM   #79
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Archery only....for me...
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:37 PM   #80
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Archery only....for me...
You know you can't hunt 50 and 51 archery right? Those are two different zones. Wanted to make sure you knew that.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:11 PM   #81
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Very cool pics of what you're seeing while out scouting. I appreciate seeing it and hope you keep the thread going once you get into your hunts.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:31 PM   #82
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Very cool pics of what you're seeing while out scouting. I appreciate seeing it and hope you keep the thread going once you get into your hunts.
I will keep it going if everyone want's it to keep going. I have a ton of hunting ahead of me this year I believe 5 tags or so for just me and then the wife has 4 or 5. We will be hitting the woods on the 29th or 30th.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:38 PM   #83
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Please post more pics

Would love to run around Idaho with my bow
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:08 AM   #84
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You know you can't hunt 50 and 51 archery right? Those are two different zones. Wanted to make sure you knew that.
Ok..ill look into that...
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Old 08-16-2014, 12:29 AM   #85
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Just 13 more days and I'll be heading up on the mountain
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:56 PM   #86
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The wife went scouting without me since I am gone for 2 more weeks. Here are a few critters she found.
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Old 08-17-2014, 11:49 PM   #87
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That's awesome. ..I can't wait .....
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Old 08-19-2014, 07:44 PM   #88
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Should find out by the end of the week about the second drawing
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3 1/2 more weeks before Im chasing a elk..
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:25 AM   #90
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some scenery pics. In the second picture between the two dead trees there is a big wallow in there. That's where I will be in 2 weeks.
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:19 PM   #91
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4 more days!!
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:58 PM   #92
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Season starts tomorrow boys!
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:23 PM   #93
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Good luck! Keep us updated!
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:02 PM   #94
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Good luck whirlwind..I'm ready
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:20 AM   #95
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Thanks guys. Heading out in 4 hours
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Old 08-31-2014, 02:29 PM   #96
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Recap a little later as I am beat!
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Old 08-31-2014, 03:36 PM   #97
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Here is a quick over view shot of close to where I was hunting.
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Old 08-31-2014, 04:23 PM   #98
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Won't be hunting, but we are heading up to Henry's Lake on 9/25 to fly fish the area. I might have to try to hunt up there next year.
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Old 08-31-2014, 06:06 PM   #99
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Ok quick recap of the weekend trip. Went kinda blind into a area the wife had gone into and only seen buck deer. Yesterday on the opener right at first light I catch a herd of 9 elk about 300 yards away v lining it for the timber. They saw me and I ducked down. Quick look and I see a pretty good 6x6 heading over the ridge into the timber. I tell the wife we need to hit the ridge that they just went over. We head over there and find sign everywhere but no elk. I mKe my way down the ridge and spot a big spike bull about 100 yards away. I hit the dirt and he never sees us. I make a plan to try and work my way around down to his location through the trees. As I make my way low and behold he is moving up the trail right at me. At 40 yards I see him but no shot. He winds me as the wind was swirling all over the place and he heads down to the bottom. I make my way back up to Aimee and she spots 2 elk feeding on the opposite hillside about 1,000+ yards away. I ask her if she wants to make a run at them and she says yes. We bail off the ridge and descend about 7,000 feet in elevation. On the way down elk sign all over and one trail looked as though a D8 cat had plowed through there with all elk traffic I saw. We jump a elk on the way down but never got a good look. We make it to the bottom and I see that they are 2 bulls one big 6 point and a rag horn 4 point. I decide we need to get up on the other side and try to cut them off. So we do and just like I. Thought they worked right into the spot to about 80 yards. No shot and a dang doe snorts and scares them out of the country. We hike back up and then spot 2 more elk in the opposite canyon but I wasn't even going to try to walk back down unless I had shot something at that point. Didn't see much last night except for 2 elk about 2 miles away on the other side of the canyon. Saturdays total was 17 elk with 5 being bulls. Also saw 7 deer with 5 being bucks and one monster that is pushing 30" wide.

We regrouped for today but opted not to push back into where the elk had been staying as they seem to be jumpy still and with better hunting coming up soon we just glassed. On our way out we ran into a bachelor group of 5 bucks so I decided to put a stalk on the biggest which was a 5x2 still in velvet. Got within about 40 yards but could only see his head until they winded me and blew out of there. We then headed down the road heading out and jumped another group of deer with a giant 170+ class 4 point. Had him broadside at 70 yards and I felt the conditions were ideal for the situation but as I drew back I had a glare from the sun and I couldn't see well so I readjusted and put my 60 yard pin where I thought would be the spot but ended up hitting right under him. He wasn't spooked so I found my arrow which had no blood and I backed out.

All in all in was a fantastic weekend and my new tent held up awesome in the nasty weather we had. Hoping to make it happen in the coming weeks but if not come to find out this unit is open for general deer season so those bruisers better make sure I don't get them during archery season as I will get them during rifle season. Sorry for the long read but I will keep this going as I know you all enjoy this stuff and others are wanting to try hunting up here too.
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Just got photos from a friend of the bull he took this weekend here in Idaho.
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