Deer Hunting in Idaho Unit 63AX (Controlled Hunt Oppty.): Snake River Zone

The Island Park DAU encompasses the Centennial Mountain Range, Island Park Caldera, west slope of the Teton Range, Teton River drainage, and Sand Creek Desert. Many mule deer undertake relatively long migrations as animals from GMUs 60, 61, 62A, and Ye...

Unit 63AX (Controlled Hunt Oppty.): Snake River Zone

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User Scores
Ease of Drawing
36
 
36
Success
34
 
34
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
17
 
17
Ease of Terrain
100
 
100
Room to Breathe
15
 
15
Opportunity
47
 
47
Convenience
5
 
5
Ease of Effort
17
 
17
46
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All of Unit 63A.

Size

319 Square Miles (204,366 Acres)

Land Ownership

81% Private, 12% Public, 14% BLM, 3% State, 2% Other

Latitude/Longitude

43.6930, -111.9560

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 2 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

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The Island Park DAU encompasses the Centennial Mountain Range, Island Park Caldera, west slope of the Teton Range, Teton River drainage, and Sand Creek Desert. High-elevation summer range, with mixed-conifer forests interspersed with aspen and sagebrush, is largely managed by Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The Sand Creek Desert?s productive mountain big sagebrush, bitterbrush, and juniper woodlands provide the most important winter range in the DAU on BLM, State, and private lands. Teton Canyon also provides critical winter range in an otherwise agriculturally dominated landscape in GMU 62.

Many mule deer undertake relatively long migrations as animals from GMUs 60, 61, 62A, and Yellowstone National Park migrate to winter range on the Sand Creek Desert in unit 60A. Deer from the Teton Range in Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park migrate to winter range in the Teton River Canyon. General-season archery and any-weapon opportunities are currently available in most GMUs in the Island Park DAU, and a variety of late-season controlled hunts are also offered. Mule deer abundance and demographic data have been systematically collected in this DAU for several years and the IPM functions well.

Data collection efforts to inform management decisions and the IPM will continue during this planning period. The high productivity range is 4,500?6,000 deer. This DAU includes GMUs 21, 21A, 28, 29, 30, 30A, 36A, 36B, 37, 37A, 38, 50, 51, 58, 59, 59A, 60, 60A, 62, 63A, 64, 65, 67, and 68A. This DAU is a mix of several habitats, from coniferous forest to rangelands and riparian habitats.

Most white-tailed deer habitat is on private lands. White-tailed deer hunter densities are relatively low, success rates are moderate, and opportunity to harvest a mature buck is moderate. Because a large proportion of white-tailed deer occur on private lands, hunter access is a significant issue when trying to manage deer populations through hunting. Similarly, apparent population increases are creating agricultural depredation issues in some areas.

There is concern white-tailed deer may be encroaching on mule deer habitat and competing for forage and space, and potentially interfering with breeding.

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Deer Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
208
Licenses Drawn
208
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
0
Nonresident Quota
0
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
33.8%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
1144
F
SR
EXA
30%
53 Aug 30 - Sep 30: Archery only, White-tailed deer only; Oct 10 - Oct 20: Short range weapons only, White-tailed deer only; Nov 1 - Dec 19: Archery only, White-tailed deer only

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
156
Total Harvest
44
Harvest Male
0
Harvest Female
44
28%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
ALL
N/A N/A 156 44
0
44
SR
C
N/A N/A 156 44
44
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