Well I didn't draw a tag in any of the 4 states I applied in so I plan on investing a bunch of time in killing my first whitetail up that way.
Without divulging too much on the internet (feel free to PM me) do any of you have any advice to offer up?
I tried a little last year but we hit it about a week early for the big bucks I think so the plan is to go the week of Thanksgiving this year and possibly a week in archery season if I tag out early here at home.
Riggins. Salmon River Road.
Anybody else have any thoughts on whitetails in Idaho? Not looking for any secret spots just want to talk about techniques etc.....
Joe, I asked the same thing a few months back without much response...........must be a pretty good secret! I have never hunted whitetail yet but was thinking about a trip this year. I do know a few guys from my area that go every year and the do pretty well up around Riggins and Orifino. Guess we'll just have to go for it.
Hmmmmmm, it must be better hunting than I thought. ;)
Hunted a little ways north of orofino 2 years ago. Go during thanksgiving week and bring a quad. We didnt see a ton of deer where we were but we saw mature bucks every day
If you can be on them the first couple days of season (Oct 10th) you can score big their late summer/early fall pattern. Once the guns
start going off and the sea of hunters take to the woods, the big whitetails go nocturnal till the rut (Nov 15th-Dec 1rst depending on the year, but these dates are a safe bet). Rattling, still hunting, and post up on a crossing can be productive. The colder snowy weather the better (it really gets them running) so be ready for cold miserable weather. Most North Idaho units are dominated by whitetails, where as mule deer are not flourishing.
So get out a map and match it up to some game units, go ask permission from farmers, learn where public land is located and timber
company land, and you will be on your way to finding a good spot. Once you narrow it down, drive all open roads and connect the
dots with your maps. If you can preseason scout, right now bucks are starting to pop out of the wood work till they shed their velvet, so now is a good time to find them and get acquainted with their last years rutting grounds. Good luck!
Thanks for all the advice! We are heading up that way the first week of August to cover some ground and hopefully find some promising spots. I was hoping that whitetails were like blacktail's in that they are pretty easy to locate while in velvet.