Whether we want to admit it or not, being that it is the home state to many on the O.I. Team, Idaho is a great opportunity to extend your season and put a monster whitetail on the ground. These are the top 5 reasons to let us set you up with a hunt for some stud whitetails in Idaho!
1. Differing terrain
The terrain where whitetails in Idaho live varies greatly from rolling grain fields with brush covered draws to steep timber drainages where some dark horned giants lurk in the shadows. There are hunting opportunities to fit many different styles depending on what you like. I prefer the timber draws in the early season with archery equipment to be followed with long range rifle hunts over clear cuts during the rifle season. There are many different ways to do it out here and no one style is better than the rest. The differing terrain may require different fitness levels. I recommend being in Elk shape to hunt deer out here if you want a big one. The population densities are not as high as in the mid-West so some work is involved to pick through and find the buck you are looking for. Click here for a workout that we recommend.
2. Get away from people
The people densities are a great part of why it is so awesome to whitetail hunt in Idaho. If you look at the numbers of people that hunt to the square miles of land it is a fraction of that of even the most managed areas in the mid-West. You can leave the other people behind and chase big bucks on your own terms without having to worry about other people spooking YOUR deer!
3. Rut Timing
Many hunters will choose to deer hunt out West because of when our rut falls. You could be able to hunt several different ruts all across the United States if whitetails are what you’re looking for. For instance in the mid west the rut is in early November, followed by the west with the rut being mid to late November and moving on down you could even hunt the southern rut in places like Texas after all that! It’s like it was planned that way for opportunity!
4. Extended Seasons
In Idaho the seasons are long and give great opportunity to hunt bucks early, pre rut, rut, post rut and the migration. These all have their differing benefits that some hunters like and others not so much. The season opens on August 30 and runs to the end of the year with great opportunity for different weapon choices. The beauty of it is that the tag is over the counter and you don’t have to pick a weapon season. You can do them all if you want!
5. Big Bucks!
The best part of it all is BIG BUCKS! I have personally taken several nice bucks in Idaho not to mention some of the bombers taken every year with our guides here in Idaho! Bucks from the 130-170 range are taken every year on both public and private lands with a few being taken that will exceed that and leave people starring in amazement. It is rare that bucks of that caliber can even been seen on public lands let alone be harvested on a pretty regular basis!
The opportunities in Idaho for whitetails are endless and we have the staff that can help get you in the right direction and setup with the best guides to put you on the fast track to some bomber whitetails wherever your schedule can fit a hunt in for the fall!
by Cody Barker | OI Prostaffer
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- Nebraska Archery Deer Hunts - A great hunt for a great price, PLUS the opportunity to add a second deer! These archery deer hunts in Nebraska are second to none, and offer the rare opportunity to harvest two whitetails. This is a great deer hunt due to the sheer abundance of game, and the opportunity to harvest two Pope and […]
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- Washington Moose Hunting - We HIGHLY suggest that you start applying for a Washington moose tag in units 117, 121, 108, or 101. Once you draw, CALL US! This outfitter is awesome and takes some truly monstrous shiras moose.
- Ohio High Fence Deer Hunts - On these Ohio high fence deer hunts, you can take a deer ranging from a 160-inch management buck, up to a 350-inch mega-giant!
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