Deer Hunting in Idaho Unit 63: Snake River Region

The Snake River DAU has GMUs in both eastern and western Idaho, but these GMUs share common characteristics. Land ownership is a mix of federal, state, tribal, and private and includes Craters of the Moon National Monument in GMU 68 and Idaho National ...

Unit 63: Snake River Region

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User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
18
 
18
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
45
 
45
Ease of Terrain
99
 
99
Room to Breathe
47
 
47
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
52
 
52
49
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County

Jefferson, Clark, Bonneville, Butte, Bingham

Size

2,009 Square Miles (1,286,054 Acres)

Land Ownership

35% Private, 65% Public, 21% BLM, 1% State, 5% Wilderness, 36% Military, 1% Other

Latitude/Longitude

43.6901, -112.5136

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 0 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

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The Snake River DAU has GMUs in both eastern and western Idaho, but these GMUs share common characteristics. Land ownership is a mix of federal, state, tribal, and private and includes Craters of the Moon National Monument in GMU 68 and Idaho National Laboratory in GMU 63. Unit 38 includes the Treasure Valley, the largest urban area in Idaho. Mule deer in this DAU are generally year-round residents and densities are low.

Habitats are characterized by low elevations and limited precipitation, with deer tending to favor river corridors and irrigated agriculture. Deer depredation in agricultural areas has been a management priority. Mule deer hunting opportunity is liberal. Mule deer populations are currently monitored and managed with harvest metrics and measures of conflicts with agriculture.

No additional data collection in this DAU is anticipated over the life of this Plan.. This DAU (GMUs 40, 41, 42, 45, 46, 47,52, 52A, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 63, 66, 66A, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 73A, 74, 75, 76, 77, and 78) represents a wide spectrum of productivity from dry rangeland to irrigated agriculture. High-productivity areas include major riparian areas such as Snake River drainage, irrigated agricultural areas, and high-elevation forests. Predominant vegetation types in this DAU include dry shrub, cool shrub, and agricultural.

Approximately 7% of the DAU is comprised of riparian woodland, riparian shrub, and cold forest vegetation types. Current vegetation communities are a result of agricultural practices, fire suppression, and urban development. Riparian areas shrank and became fragmented due to development and grazing practices. Frequency of landscape-level fires has increased throughout this DAU and influenced vegetation communities towards noxious annuals.

Approximately 58% of land in this DAU is publicly owned. The BLM administers the majority of public lands, whereas USFS and IDL administer nearly equal amounts of remaining public land. Other significant non-private ownership consists of Department of Energy land (primarily Idaho National Laboratory) and Bureau of Indian Affairs land, primarily Fort Hall and Duck Valley reservations. Approximately 34% of the DAU is comprised of private land.

Rangeland is the predominant land use, comprising approximately 59% of the DAU. Other significant land uses include dryland agriculture, irrigated agriculture, and forest lands. White-tailed deer distribution has slowly increased over the past several decades in this DAU. Movement along riparian corridors expanded white-tailed deer distribution and population numbers have increased in some areas.

White-tailed deer populations have potential to increase with improved irrigation technology and conversion to agricultural commodities. White-tailed deer remain uncommon and are secondary to mule deer with regard to hunter preference.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
429
Total Harvest
71
Harvest Male
55
Harvest Female
16
17%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
G
N/A N/A 174 22
18
4
0
ALL
ALL
N/A N/A 429 71
55
16
0
ALL
G
N/A N/A 429 71
55
16
0
Any
G
N/A N/A 240 43
31
12
0
M
G
N/A N/A 24 6
6
0
0
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Average Temps

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