Elk Hunting in Idaho Unit 36-1: Sawtooth Region

Elk population objectives in the Sawtooth Zone remain the same because this population has responded favorably to management actions the last three years? It is anticipated that this herd will continue to increase and ultimately meet objectives? Fish a...

Unit 36-1: Sawtooth Region

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
94
 
94
Success
35
 
35
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
75
 
75
Room to Breathe
46
 
46
Opportunity
36
 
36
Convenience
91
 
91
Ease of Effort
57
 
57
80
HuntScore

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County

Custer, Blaine, Elmore, Boise, Camas

Size

467 Square Miles (298,713 Acres)

Land Ownership

5% Private, 95% Public, 95% USFS, 17% BLM, 32% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

44.0394, -114.8087

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 64 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk population objectives in the Sawtooth Zone remain the same because this population has responded favorably to management actions the last three years? It is anticipated that this herd will continue to increase and ultimately meet objectives? Fish and Game is managing for a robust elk population with general hunt opportunity near a large human population center, while keeping the elk population within the carrying capacity of a limited winter range, and limiting agricultural crop and property damage complaints on private land during winter?

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Photos and Terrain Notes


Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
227
Licenses Drawn
227
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
227
Nonresident Quota
23
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
94.3%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
2080
F
ANY
C
94.3%
90 Portion of Unit only, See Hunt Planner or contact the ; Salmon Regional Office for map of Hunt Area

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
172
Total Harvest
61
Harvest Male
0
Harvest Female
61
35%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
ALL
N/A 172 61
0
61
0
ANY
C
F
172 61
0
61
0
ANY
C
O
F
0 0
0
0
0
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Average Temps

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