Idaho Muzzy Deer 51-1

Camdu7

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Hey Guys,

So I drew an Idaho muzzle-loader deer tag in unit 51 and the east half of 50. The season runs the month of Nov and I plan on hunting the week of thanksgiving. I have been doing my research and have am planning on the deer being down in the valley at that time likely around the ag in the area. I have the Lyman GPH all ready to go. Does anyone have any experience hunting the unit? I hope to camp and not have to drive to a hotel. Assuming that the forest will be socked in with snow are there any decent areas to camp in the valleys? Anything else unusual or unique about the unit? Thanks.
 
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Some of the largest deer that I've ever seen were in that unit around that time of year. There's some FS campgrounds in there I think. Just never used them.
 

chukarhunter-id

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I elk hunt a lot in that unit and have never seen a deer that I would get excited about. Lots of trail cameras and summer scouting with very few deer. Never been over there late season though.
 

Camdu7

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I suppose I should give an update on my hunt. My wife and coworker joined me on the trip as packer/spotters. Our hunt out there was only 3.5 days just after Thanksgiving due to commitments. There wasn't much snow so the deer were still way up on top. We spent a lot of time behind the 15x binos and the spotter glassing the south facing slopes and mahoganies from a ways off. We managed to find 30-50 deer a day with a few being bucks and lots of elk. Found a nice buck (heavy 4 pt. with a big body) the second evening and decided to wait till morning as he was 2,400' feet above us and it was late. Came back the next morning and found him. Put him to bed and climbed up to him. He moved bedding spots as we climbed and we ended up bumping him out. He stopped at 160 years but with a peep sight ML I did't feel confident in the shot. Tried to get closed and blew him over the mountain. On the last afternoon we had camp packed in the truck and were glassing till dark. Found a smaller 4pt. a ways off and climbed our way up there through fog banks and got within 100 yards and was able to make a good shot. Meat in the freezer and a great adventure. The Lost River Range is steep and the Lemhi's are not much better. The country is out of this world beautiful. Met some great ID folks on the two tracks and around the camp site.
 

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