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Midwesterner00
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Dec-19-18, 
01:06 PM (MST)
"Idaho Panhandle DIY"

So I am looking at my first DIY western hunt next fall. I have a friend in the Idaho Panhandle so that is where I will be staying. I am most interested in mule deer as I have been hunting whitetail my whole life. I am not looking for people's favorite spots I am just wondering if someone could help me with some good access points or regions to start as well as some general tips as this is my first hunt in the west. I am still torn between rifle or bow at this time as I am a die hard bow hunter but I want to have the best chance at a mature animal. Any advise is welcomed, thanks.

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: Idaho Panh...  muleyslayer...      Dec-19-18   1 
  RE: Idaho Panh...  justr_86      Dec-20-18   2 
   RE: Idaho Panh...  manny53      Dec-20-18   3 
    RE: Idaho Panh...  BigShane54      Dec-28-18   4 
 RE: Idaho Panh...  FamilyMan      Dec-28-18   5 
  RE: Idaho Panh...  brookhunter...      Dec-29-18   6 
  RE: Idaho Panh...  EVILNR      Jan-01-19   7 
   RE: Idaho Panh...  liecabucks      Jan-06-19   8 

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muleyslayerwa
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Dec-19-18, 
04:19 PM (MST)
1. "RE: Idaho Panhandle DIY"

Northern idaho is some tough mule deer hunting. There are some big bucks taken every year, but usually the guys are pretty serious locals. If I was looking to hunt mule deer for the first time, I would hunt the south central parts of idaho. Higher deer density, but a lot of hunters. As for rifle or bow it all comes down to your skill set. Archery deer will be easy to find with less hunters around. Goodluck

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justr_86
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Dec-20-18, 
07:43 AM (MST)
2. "RE: Idaho Panhandle DIY"

Muleys on the ground with a bow is one of the toughest hunts you'll do, especially for a mature buck. Id say get your feet wet with a rifle and try a bow in a couple years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4vrOlgAqcM&feature=share

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manny53
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Dec-20-18, 
11:56 AM (MST)
3. "RE: Idaho Panhandle DIY"

the pan handle is not the best place to get a muley, lotsa whitetail , the south eastern units in the 70's are where the big deer are...

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BigShane54
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Dec-28-18, 
10:08 AM (MST)
4. "RE: Idaho Panhandle DIY"

Agree, tough hunt up here for mulies. Tons of whitetail.
If you are set on hunting mulies and staying in the panhandle, your best bet would probably be North in Unit 1

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Dec-28-18, 
04:44 PM (MST)
5. "RE: Idaho Panhandle DIY"

In the panhandle you are looking at steep dark timber, not the classic mule deer country you might be thinking of. I am not trying to drive you off because I want the place to myself or anything like that, just trying to give you an honest assessment. For a first western hunt, I would recommend you look elsewhere.


Mark

My hunting spot is so secret, not even the elk have found it yet.

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brookhunter19
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Dec-29-18, 
07:04 AM (MST)
6. "RE: Idaho Panhandle DIY"

I agree with the comments above.... the pan handle is steep & thick country!

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Jan-01-19, 
04:33 PM (MST)
7. "RE: Idaho Panhandle DIY"

>In the panhandle you are looking
>at steep dark timber, not
>the classic mule deer country
>you might be thinking of.
> I am not trying
>to drive you off because
>I want the place to
>myself or anything like that,
>just trying to give you
>an honest assessment. For
>a first western hunt, I
>would recommend you look elsewhere.
>
>
>
>Mark
>
>
>My hunting spot is so secret,
>not even the elk have
>found it yet.

I don't live in Idaho but I have been
through the area. It is very steep/thick.
I agree with the above advice, though
I have never hunted it.


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Jan-06-19, 
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8. "RE: Idaho Panhandle DIY"


Steep, thick N deeeeep!!!!!! =s the possibility of the home to giants! But like mentioned above, not necessarilily the best place to cut your teeth.


Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high, keep your eyes fixed to where the trail meets the sky...

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