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Hunt Planner / Idaho Unit 18 Antlerless Elk
« Last post by NorthwestRob on July 02, 2020, 12:13:54 PM »
My hunting partner and I drew an antlerless elk tag for Idaho unit 18 Hells Canyon. I am a resident of WA and this will be my second year hunting in Idaho but first in unit 18. I grew up hunting roosevelt elk in western washington with a muzzleoader and have just recently (past few years) been following my dreams to hunt elk in and out of state as often as I can to keep the freezer full and experience new adventures.
   We have been E-scouting since the draw notification went out and have planned a 5 day boots on ground scouting trip for later this month. We are considering hunting both the wilderness and non wilderness parts of the unit. We plan to drive the unit for a day to get to know access options and the conditions of the road system, then spend the rest of the scouting trip on foot. We both backpack for recreation outside of the hunting season and are in very good physical condition. With that said, I have seen some of the rugged terrain driving past and don't scoff at the topographic map. I would be extremely grateful if any forum member could answer any of the questions we currently have.
   Does anyone know a packer that operates in the area at the start of October? Are there decent populations of elk within the non wilderness area in October? If so, do the elk tend to drop onto private or move deep into the wilderness down in the breaks when hunting pressure starts? Does the area get much snow during the first few weeks of October?

   I am very excited for this opportunity. We have set aside 10 days to hunt and will be there before the season starts. Any information that may help would be greatly appreciated.


Hunt Planner / Re: Basecamp Set up
« Last post by Bull_Fighter on July 02, 2020, 09:58:14 AM »
I have a favorite canyon that I hunt. I like to get right in there and camp up high, close to a spring where I can get water refilled daily. I can wake up and hit glassing spots close by, or I can be on the move bugling down into different finger ridges and drop down into them as needed. I agree that a central location would be ideal as well. Unless you KNOW where the elk are, I wouldn't worry too much about disturbing anything. I've had elk directly downwind/downhill from camp many many times overnight and they are still there in the morning. Good luck!
Physical Conditioning / Re: physical conditioning: navy seal workout
« Last post by Bull_Fighter on July 02, 2020, 09:45:12 AM »
I picked up a nice Rogue pull-up bar for the garage gym during quarantine. Glad I did! A nice olympic bar and a few bumper plates are next on my list.   :train:
Hunt Planner / Re: Basecamp Set up
« Last post by cohunter14 on July 02, 2020, 07:22:49 AM »
Tough to know based on what you're describing, but I would camp as close as possible to a central location of the areas you want to hunt without disturbing where you think the elk will be.
Hunt Planner / Re: CO Unit 561 vs OTC
« Last post by cohunter14 on July 02, 2020, 07:20:33 AM »
How many preference points did you redeem for the hunt? It looks like you could have drawn it with zero, which is why I ask.
Hunt Planner / Basecamp Set up
« Last post by BT57PA on July 01, 2020, 08:06:24 PM »
First Time to CO so listening and learning we have decided to walk in to our unit and set up a base camp so we can be "fresher' everyday in order to cover ground. My question is where to set up the base camp. We have identified a 4 canyons that we can travel out and back from so should we camp - a few miles from those canyons, one canyon over, base of the canyon we plan to hunt - etc. Pretty open ended question and thinking there will be varied answers but if i don't ask.... Maybe Corey can address this during the next Q&A?
Thanks in advance 
Hunt Planner / CO Unit 561 vs OTC
« Last post by cured_ham on July 01, 2020, 01:04:45 PM »
I am planning my first elk hunt coming from KY. I put in and drew unit 561. Does anyone have recommendations for this unit? I have two spots I was pointed to from someone on a different forum. Thanks in advance.

 I am also being told by some to turn this tag in and go OTC. It does not have the best numbers/success (0 bulls in 2019, 7 in 2018). I would go to units 68/681 if I went OTC. My main reasoning for OTC hunting would be I could really learn a unit while trying to save up preference point.
Archery / Re: Which broadheads have failed you?
« Last post by Link_OH on June 30, 2020, 02:03:48 PM »
I had original rage 3 blade fail on my first elk, hit a rib and bent the ferule and broke off most of one blade.  Worked but caused me to switch to fixed blades.  Later elk hunt I used GrizzTrick 2, hit a bull in the rib and it deflected almost straight up into the backstrap...never found that bull.  Was mid height and behind the shoulder... just my luck I suppose but I'm switching again.
Physical Conditioning / Re: physical conditioning: navy seal workout
« Last post by elk sicario on June 30, 2020, 11:17:20 AM »
suns out guns out buddy! hopefully my barbell gets here soon!!
Hunting Gear / Re: Wall Tent Pole Bag - What Do You Use?
« Last post by elk sicario on June 30, 2020, 11:16:08 AM »
our bags are heavy duty 18oz vinyl with a full length zipper for easy access. they are on the website under camp items i believe. they are around $40. Give us a call at 360 817 9124 for more info or questions that you might have. 

David Aldrich.
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