I just completed a trip report article about my first Idaho hunting experience, a lengthy trip last fall seeking a mule deer buck. I won't recap the whole hunt in this blog post, but the trip was full of great scenery and lessons learned about hunting those wily deer.
Martinlf on Jun 22, 2020June 22nd, 2020, 1:19 pm EDT
Gorgeous photos, and an interesting, suspenseful narrative. I had a tough day fishing and scouting some new water on Penns Creek a few days ago, and your story reminded me of all the things I tried that didn't work. But I did learn a whole new section of the river, and talking with a guide figured out why the fish may have been so unresponsive. (I'd had very good fishing two days before.) Ultimately I was glad to see what I'd seen and gained a bit more knowledge. It sounds like you were as well. Better luck next time!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"
Kvnfraley on Jun 24, 2020June 24th, 2020, 5:49 am EDT
Great photos and picturesque area. Its super cool to see those moose wandering around scrub country. I grew up hunting mule deer in NW Montana, I think it is quite a bit easier there because there are fewer people willing to hump it into the alpine to go after muleys, and most just focus on whitetails in the lowlands. I have a backcountry elk hunt planned in MT this September, really looking forward to hunting in MT again for the first time in 10+ years
Troutnut on Jun 29, 2020June 29th, 2020, 6:11 am EDT
Good luck on your elk hunt!
I'm thinking of hunting MT soon. For this year I'm focusing on Idaho and trying to connect with a mule deer finally, although last year had me wishing I had an elk tag most days. It's a tough tag for a nonresident to draw in the area I was hunting, not a general rifle season.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist