Trespass fees to hunt whitetail

DidIDraw

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I'd really like to try hunting whitetails this coming season.

I hunted around Salmon a couple of years ago but could only find access to a smallish piece of property. A buddy got a nice 120 whitetail but I got skunked.

I'm happy to pay a reasonable trespass fee to get access to some good whitetail hunting ($500-$1000 depending on quality). Of course would be happy to hunt public lands as well. I'd like to get a 3-4 year old deer as my budget probably won't get me on a property with older/larger bucks.

Any recommendations?
 

backcountryID

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A couple thoughts:

1) Most guys on here are not going to want to help someone find "pay-to-play" hunting access. I get that it's pretty common in other states, but most Idaho guys do not want to see their state move that direction.

2) If I was planning a whitetail hunt in Idaho from out of state, I would not be looking at Salmon. There may be a few whitetails along the bottoms over there but I can't believe the whitetail numbers over there compare to north Idaho. Access is generally pretty easy from Grangeville northward and the whitetails are everywhere from Grangeville northward as well.

Hope that helps.
 

DidIDraw

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Hi backcountry.

Thanks for the response. I was starting from the assumption that whitetail like river bottoms and farm land which is more often private than other areas. I don't live close enough to track down land owners and knock on doors. I can see why this is a difficult question for locals to answer because they might eventually get priced out if the land owners that currently let them hunt get in contact with hunters that can/will pay to hunt - most of my younger-years hunting ground is now locked up and sold to the highest bidder.

I'll look into hunting public land in north Idaho. Any other suggestions are welcomed!

Thanks.
 

andrew12gauge

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I don't think he was saying to find public land when he was saying access is easier from grangeville north, I think he was saying it is just much easier to gain access to private ground that is inhabited by whitetails by heading up that way, mostly due to the prevelance of whitetails up that way, there is also a lot of private timberland up north that is open to the public you just have to buy a pass in most cases
 

DidIDraw

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OK, I misread his response. I really do appreciate the input.

Another question for you. What is the best way to go about finding and asking landowners to hunt their land? Is it customary to offer something in return? Maybe some of the meat harvested, some hours of work, etc.?
 

andrew12gauge

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Onx hunt is a great tool for finding ownership info in the field, either but the chip for your gps or pay the $30 for a subscription to the smartphone app. Once you contact landowners bribery never hurts, I grew up in an ag rich area of Washington and we used to go out and pick the leftover apples in the orchards and the spuds and onions from the ends of the digger rows and offer up those kind of things as gifts, giving some meat could never hurt, if you have salmon or other seafood to offer those are always good options too
 

WiscoKid

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For the price of what youre going to pay to hunt whitetails privately in Idaho, I could set you up on some semi-public/private land in Wisconsin where you'd have a real shot at a 130-150 class whitetail. Just take that money and put it in the gas tank, and feed me Idaho info :)
 

BPKHunter

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"Semi-Public" land. Sounds shady.

Have to defend my state of Idaho. We have plenty of quality whitetails on land you don't have to bribe or beg your way on to, and during the rut. Great fun. Hopefully winter hasn't killed too many this year though.
 

WiscoKid

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I have access to a good chunk of private, and a lot of PLOTS land that many people overlook. It's not shady in the least and I was just making an offer, not trying to disparage the whitetail hunting in Idaho... I'm sure it's good.
 

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