Deer Hunting in Idaho Unit 60A-1X (Controlled Hunt Oppty.): Island Park 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 60A-1X (Controlled Hunt Oppty.): Island Park Zone

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Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
48
 
48
Success
30
 
30
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
36
 
36
Ease of Terrain
92
 
92
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
2
 
2
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
35
 
35
60
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All of Units 60A, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67 and 69.

Size

6,122 Square Miles (3,918,652 Acres)

Land Ownership

46% Private, 55% Public, 14% USFS, 13% BLM, 9% State, 1% Indian, 17% Other

Latitude/Longitude

43.6340, -112.5990

Amenities

There are 2 hospitals, 5 hotels, 112 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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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
330
Licenses Drawn
330
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
0
Nonresident Quota
0
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
42.3%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
1143
F
A
EXA
34%
64 Aug 30 - Sep 30: Archery only, White-tailed deer only, Motorized Hunting Rule Applies in Units 66 & 69, See Pages 104 - 106; Oct 10 - Oct 31: White-tailed deer only, See notes 2, 5 & 6, Page 25, Motorized Hunting Rule Applies in Units 66 & 69, See Pages 104 - 106; Nov 20 - Dec 19: Archery only, White-tailed deer only, Motorized Hunting Rule Applies in Units 66 & 69, See Pages 104 - 106

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
201
Total Harvest
53
Harvest Male
1
Harvest Female
52
26%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
C
N/A N/A 201 53
1
52
ALL
ALL
N/A N/A 201 53
1
52
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