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Idaho’s Top Deer Units – 2019 Edition!

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Top LE Mule deer hunts

Idaho is a strong mule deer state that offers hunts with high quality and high harvest success. As with most LE hunts, draw odds for Idaho mule deer tend to be tough, but in this case, worth the wait. Southeast Idaho is seeing a notable downtrend due to several severe winters. Keep in mind that southwest Idaho is also trending lower than usual. However, many of the central hunts are still holding strong and worthy of a closer look. For more detailed information on these hunts and many more be sure to subscribe to our Eastmans’ Hunting and Bowhunting Journals. Information like this and much more is all at your fingertips with Hardcopy or digital additions. Visit Eastmans.com or call us at 1-800-842-6887 for more information.

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Unit 44 – Holding steady on the charts, this is one of the best nonresident opportunities, tag allocations are high, harvest success is top notch and four point or better is up there as well. Hunter pressure is the major drawback here. The unit is not huge and there are hunters crawling all over it. Trophy quality will reflect this pressure and therefore hunters are not as likely to find a cranker buck.

Unit 45 – Offering a decent nonresident opportunity and much lower hunter pressure, this area is a solid contender for sure. Public land access is decent and trophy quality is solid, bucks in the 160 plus range can be found. Both of these units are also chart toppers for the any-weapon hunts as well.

Muzzleloader

Unit 21A & Unit 30A – Late season rut hunts, high public land % extreme terrain and excellent 4-point or better harvest stats. Hard to go wrong here. Nonresidents don’t see much allocation as these areas only see 5 permits each, but for those willing to get off the trail and go, these hunts have great potential.

Unit 52 and 57 are strong contenders for the ol’ smoke pole. Lesser extreme than the previously mentioned hunt choices, these hunts are newer to the lineup, but seem to be making a strong entrance. Decent draw odds, and solid harvest and 4-point success.

Any Weapon

Unit 28 – This hunt, located just west of Salmon, ID is almost completely public land. Big country, steep mountains, difficult spotting. There are roads cut throughout much of this unit. A good look at a forest service map would help to see what roads are open or closed. Either way, this hunt takes place during the prime time for mule deer. Early October when bucks are relaxed and fattening up, or late November. Hard to go wrong with these season dates. Harvest odds are very consistent.

Unit 40 – This area is on the downtrend, we see harvest stats steadily dropping each year, deer population density is low here anyway, so hunters have their work cut out for them. Draw odds are still tough, public land and access are excellent. Hunter density is okay, but a little high for the low harvest stats. Then again, there are 195 permits given out and this is a rut hunt. A person with some extra get-up-and-go will likely find themselves successful.

Unit 55 (early) – Early is the key word here. With a season starting in mid-August, this is a truly unique any-weapon hunt choice. Rifle hunting mulies in the velvet is not something just anyone can say they have done. Draw odds are par for the course, harvest success is holding steady and percentage of bucks harvested 4 point or better is about as good as it gets. Trophy quality is also top-notch, 160-180 class deer are achievable.

Ryan Lampers’ Idaho Buck Was Featured in EHJ Last Year!

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Top LE Mule deer hunts

Idaho is a strong mule deer state that offers hunts with high quality and high harvest success. As with most LE hunts, draw odds for Idaho mule deer tend to be tough, but in this case, worth the wait. Southeast Idaho is seeing a notable downtrend due to several severe winters. Keep in mind that southwest Idaho is also trending lower than usual. However, many of the central hunts are still holding strong and worthy of a closer look. For more detailed information on these hunts and many more be sure to subscribe to our Eastmans’ Hunting and Bowhunting Journals. Information like this and much more is all at your fingertips with Hardcopy or digital additions. Visit Eastmans.com or call us at 1-800-842-6887 for more information.

Archery


Unit 44 – Holding steady on the charts, this is one of the best nonresident opportunities, tag allocations are high, harvest success is top notch and four point or better is up there as well. Hunter pressure is the major drawback here. The unit is not huge and there are hunters crawling all over it. Trophy quality will reflect this pressure and therefore hunters are not as likely to find a cranker buck.

Unit 45 – Offering a decent nonresident opportunity and much lower hunter pressure, this area is a solid contender for sure. Public land access is decent and trophy quality is solid, bucks in the 160 plus range can be found. Both of these units are also chart toppers for the any-weapon hunts as well.

Muzzleloader

Unit 21A & Unit 30A – Late season rut hunts, high public land % extreme terrain and excellent 4-point or better harvest stats. Hard to go wrong here. Nonresidents don’t see much allocation as these areas only see 5 permits each, but for those willing to get off the trail and go, these hunts have great potential.

Unit 52 and 57 are strong contenders for the ol’ smoke pole. Lesser extreme than the previously mentioned hunt choices, these hunts are newer to the lineup, but seem to be making a strong entrance. Decent draw odds, and solid harvest and 4-point success.

Any Weapon

Unit 28 – This hunt, located just west of Salmon, ID is almost completely public land. Big country, steep mountains, difficult spotting. There are roads cut throughout much of this unit. A good look at a forest service map would help to see what roads are open or closed. Either way, this hunt takes place during the prime time for mule deer. Early October when bucks are relaxed and fattening up, or late November. Hard to go wrong with these season dates. Harvest odds are very consistent.

Unit 40 – This area is on the downtrend, we see harvest stats steadily dropping each year, deer population density is low here anyway, so hunters have their work cut out for them. Draw odds are still tough, public land and access are excellent. Hunter density is okay, but a little high for the low harvest stats. Then again, there are 195 permits given out and this is a rut hunt. A person with some extra get-up-and-go will likely find themselves successful.

Unit 55 (early) – Early is the key word here. With a season starting in mid-August, this is a truly unique any-weapon hunt choice. Rifle hunting mulies in the velvet is not something just anyone can say they have done. Draw odds are par for the course, harvest success is holding steady and percentage of bucks harvested 4 point or better is about as good as it gets. Trophy quality is also top-notch, 160-180 class deer are achievable.

Ryan Lampers’ Idaho Buck Was Featured in EHJ Last Year!

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Kentucky Man Finds Family of Bears Sitting in His Car

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Sir, I’m going to need you to step out of the vehicle.

A Kentucky man was in disbelief last week when he saw when he saw what looked like a family of bears packing up for vacation.

Chad Morris, the owner of CMO BarberShop in Owensboro, Kentucky, was visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee, when he walked up on a black bear cub behind the wheel of his car. Then, to make matters worse, two more climbed in while the mother stood idly by.

In a Facebook post, he indicated that he thought he was being punked, as the whole situation seemed so ludicrous.

Is this real life.. tell me we are being punked 😳😳😳 🐻🐻🐻🐻 3 bear cubs in my car and the momma just lurking!! #Gatlinburg #Tennessee

Posted by Chad Morris on Thursday, May 16, 2019

“I was telling my friends, ‘I want to see a bear, I want to see a bear,’ you know?” Morris told WYMT.com. “Been lifting weights a little bit, want to see a bear tussle with the bear and it was like well, you get four on one. Now what do you want to do big boy? And I was like, ‘Nah, I’ll pass.'”

Morris was fortunate that the bears luckily didn’t cause all that much damage, although he will have to do some upholstery work waiting for him.

“You can see where the bear took a chunk out of the seat,” he said in the report. “Of course my cup was right in the middle and that’s where they got ahold of the cup.”

While this story is one Morris will surely never forget, he did learn a lesson, as now he always puts his windows up when he parks his car.

What would you do if you walked up to this scene unfolding in your car? I feel like there’s nothing to do except sit back and laugh, although that’s easy to say without bears in my car.

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Facebook: Chad Morris
black bears

Sir, I’m going to need you to step out of the vehicle.

A Kentucky man was in disbelief last week when he saw when he saw what looked like a family of bears packing up for vacation.

Chad Morris, the owner of CMO BarberShop in Owensboro, Kentucky, was visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee, when he walked up on a black bear cub behind the wheel of his car. Then, to make matters worse, two more climbed in while the mother stood idly by.

In a Facebook post, he indicated that he thought he was being punked, as the whole situation seemed so ludicrous.

Is this real life.. tell me we are being punked 😳😳😳 🐻🐻🐻🐻 3 bear cubs in my car and the momma just lurking!! #Gatlinburg #Tennessee

Posted by Chad Morris on Thursday, May 16, 2019

“I was telling my friends, ‘I want to see a bear, I want to see a bear,’ you know?” Morris told WYMT.com. “Been lifting weights a little bit, want to see a bear tussle with the bear and it was like well, you get four on one. Now what do you want to do big boy? And I was like, ‘Nah, I’ll pass.'”

Morris was fortunate that the bears luckily didn’t cause all that much damage, although he will have to do some upholstery work waiting for him.

“You can see where the bear took a chunk out of the seat,” he said in the report. “Of course my cup was right in the middle and that’s where they got ahold of the cup.”

While this story is one Morris will surely never forget, he did learn a lesson, as now he always puts his windows up when he parks his car.

What would you do if you walked up to this scene unfolding in your car? I feel like there’s nothing to do except sit back and laugh, although that’s easy to say without bears in my car.

NEXT: THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A BEAR GETS INTO YOUR CAR

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Wyoming Wildlife Crossing Funding Uncertain

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When we think of wildlife crossings over or under highways most folks think in terms of saving animals from running a gauntlet of passenger cars, SUV’s, pickups and semi-trucks. However, there is more to the picture. Vehicular collisions with wildlife results in costly property damage, obvious death or severe maiming of wildlife but can cause severe injury or even fatalities to the humans involved as well.

It is with all this in mind that Wyoming and other states have constructed safe passageways for wildlife in key migration and travel corridors throughout the West. In Wyoming alone collisions between animals and vehicles in areas where these crossings now exist have been greatly reduced, by as much as 90% in some locations. While that is a huge win for both Wyoming’s wildlife it’s also a victory for Wyoming motorists. However, funding for construction and maintenance of these crossings is a challenge.

Federal grants that provide funding for these projects often come with the stipulation that states provide some percentage of the project funding. Most often, at least for Wyoming, this percentage must be drawn from the WYDOT general fund and so lawmakers are looking to create alternate means of funding the Federally mandated percentages. There are some interesting proposals on the table from voluntary conservation stamps through fishing and hunting license sales to storage of spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors, as the Federal government pays billions to store these away from large population centers.

As it stands a separate fund has not been realized and with more crossings needed and current crossings in need of maintenance, Wyoming is doing its level best to be creative and find a solution to the current funding woes. Here’s to hoping we can drum up the money because the future of our wildlife is greatly enhanced by these strategic crossings.

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When we think of wildlife crossings over or under highways most folks think in terms of saving animals from running a gauntlet of passenger cars, SUV’s, pickups and semi-trucks. However, there is more to the picture. Vehicular collisions with wildlife results in costly property damage, obvious death or severe maiming of wildlife but can cause severe injury or even fatalities to the humans involved as well.

It is with all this in mind that Wyoming and other states have constructed safe passageways for wildlife in key migration and travel corridors throughout the West. In Wyoming alone collisions between animals and vehicles in areas where these crossings now exist have been greatly reduced, by as much as 90% in some locations. While that is a huge win for both Wyoming’s wildlife it’s also a victory for Wyoming motorists. However, funding for construction and maintenance of these crossings is a challenge.

Federal grants that provide funding for these projects often come with the stipulation that states provide some percentage of the project funding. Most often, at least for Wyoming, this percentage must be drawn from the WYDOT general fund and so lawmakers are looking to create alternate means of funding the Federally mandated percentages. There are some interesting proposals on the table from voluntary conservation stamps through fishing and hunting license sales to storage of spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors, as the Federal government pays billions to store these away from large population centers.

As it stands a separate fund has not been realized and with more crossings needed and current crossings in need of maintenance, Wyoming is doing its level best to be creative and find a solution to the current funding woes. Here’s to hoping we can drum up the money because the future of our wildlife is greatly enhanced by these strategic crossings.

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Close Encounter with a Velvet Iowa Booner

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