Predators & Small Game
Season Dates: Although season dates vary by unit, archery season begins Aug. 30 and runs through Sept. 30 and reopens Nov. 1 to 19. Muzzleloader season runs Nov. 10 to Dec. 9, and rifle season runs from Oct. 10 to Dec. 1.
The Grade: A
Idaho has one of the strongest populations of whitetails in the entire West with tons of public land to chase them on, and with most deer tags being sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, the Gem State is a very good option. The northern Panhandle and Clearwater regions hold the greatest number of whitetails, but virtually any areas north of the Salmon River have expanding numbers. Typically, Idaho whitetail hunters enjoy an overall success rate near or above 40 percent annually, which in some cases tops the mule deer hunting success rates.
Deer Nation Knowledge: Idaho no doubt offers the best Western whitetail hunting experience for the DIY hunter looking for solitude. Although the success rates are good, the best option for finding a trophy-caliber buck is off the beaten path. Traveling a couple of miles from public access points into the timbered hills is a good bet for finding older-age class bucks. Topographical features like saddles, benches and meadows are excellent locations in which to find these mountain whitetails.
Record B&C Typical
Taken by Ronald McLamb in Bonner County in 2001 and is currently ranked No. 277 of all time.
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Record B&C Non-Typical
Taken by Herman Lunders in Idaho County in 1955 and is currently ranked No. 26 of all time.
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