2 January Application Season Begins January 2, 2013By George McQuiston General Information 0 It seems that after the first of each year begins the first “hunting season”. That season where you out in for tags in several western states and “hope” you can go hunting. Idaho has that season as well, but central Idaho where all the big deer, elk, bears and wolves are, still has OTC tags. So try something new this year. Skip the “application” season and do yourself a favor and just go hunting! good luck in the draws! Idaho spring bear hunt application season begins January 15….why you would apply is not known to me but hey… Related Posts Application Season has Begun! January 22 begins the application period for trophy hunts in Utah. Visit our Utah outfitting website at www.flyingJOutfitters.com for help in deciding on and deciphering the Utah application procedure. Good Luck! 2015 Idaho Spring Bear Season Begins with a Trophy Class Bear Our first official week of spring bear hunting in our backcountry unit 27 in Central Idaho began with a father son combo from Nebraska and when we went to sit a couple of baits within ear shot of each other, Cam (the son and youth hunter) and I were greeted by the sound of a rifle report just towards the end of legal light. With curiosity getting the best of us, we sprinted over to where his Dad Jeff had been sitting and he and his first year guide, Jacob Roy, were no where to be found. A quick look through bino’s showed a big black blob near the bait and two people cautiously approaching the blackness. Once I heard the victory whoop, I knew the big black blob was a bear. He looked big in the bino’s and we were not disappointed when we got there to help with the skinning chores. This thing was a true trophy bear. It was pure black with no tan or white anywhere, squared 7 feet and its skull measured 22” (with a tape measure) making it the largest bear ever harvested with us here at Wild Idaho Outfitters. Congratulations to Jacob Roy for his first guided bear credit and to Jeff F. For his first bear as well! 2010 Idaho Hunting Season Comes to a Close Hunting season in Idaho’s backcountry unit 27 comes to an official close on November 18 and this year the snow began to roll in about then. So after 2 days of packing out camp it was time to chain up and haul livestock over the pass to winter quarters and begin the drying out of tents, tack and equipment. Riding in to pack camp after the last hunter leaves is always sort of a bitter sweet journey. First you think “whew” we made it through and then you think “hell this is a lot of work” and then finally it sets in…the dreaded PHD; street name Post hunting depression. A common malady with most hunting/outdoor enthusiasts that find themselves suddenly thrown from the great outdoors into the great indoors due to a monster snowstorm and no open season…but wait now may be the time to take up mountain lion hunting, predator hunting or even cross country skiing. My cure for PHD thankfully came fast and came in the form of a to-do list that can’t possibly be finished by spring bear season, so there is no time to waste pining away that hunting season is over. Time to get to work planning for next hunting season:) This years season was pretty amazing. From some trophy deer to an amazing drop camp bull, to a 100% success rate on spike only elk hunt in Utah making new friends and getting to hunt again with some old friends. It was a pretty amazing year. We really appreciate each and every hunter we hunted with this year. I hope your Holidays are perfect! The 2016 Idaho fall hunting seasons are almost here We are just a few short days away from the 2016 fall hunting season here in Idaho. August 30 is the opener of most fall bear hunting units along with statewide general archery season for elk and deer. Here in Central Idaho’s wilderness backcountry units, we are fortunate to enjoy a two-month long rifle season, so our first opener is bear season and we are getting ready. Our first baits have now been set, camps are getting readied, and firewood is being cut and stacked and come next Tuesday we will welcome our first fall 2016 hunters here at Wild Idaho Outfitters. We certainly hope that many of you will be taking to the woods this fall to enjoy the many wonders that this great state and country have to offer as far as outdoor fall activities. Hunting, fishing, berry picking and simply sightseeing all seem a little more enjoyable as the summer crowds return to the cities and the mountains seem to just welcome those who come to visit. The weather around here has been amazing and as the autumn approaches and the mornings get a little more brisk, we find ourselves longing for the high country, those amazing wilderness sunsets and the camaraderie that can only be found in hunting camp. Now that farm chores have finally gotten done thanks to the best brother-in-law money can buy, we can turn all our focus to meeting new friends and welcoming back old ones to our hunting camp back deep in the Central Idaho Wilderness. This year we are very blessed to have so many return hunters that we are simply grateful and humbled. We find some of our best and most successful hunts are with our return hunters as they have seen the country and our operation and know what to expect and how to prepare for a successful Idaho wilderness hunt. So, as the days get shorter, the mornings a little cooler and the mountains a bit more colorful, we do hope you will head out to the mountains, rivers and lakes and enjoy your public lands. Remember too, as you head to the woods, take a kid along. If you don’t have any, borrow a few…I hear they come cheap this time of year. See you in the woods! Photo: Heading in to set our first bear bait of the 2016 season with my A team of Wyley and Kelly (Tia opted to stay home and play in the neighbors tree house). First Hunting Season of 2016 Opens Now that all the hoopla surrounding the Holidays are over and the New Year is officially underway, it is time to get down to the serious business of planning for all the hunting seasons the upcoming year will provide. While many people are still enjoying hunting for waterfowl, chukars, rabbits and predators (with their new 2016 licenses of course), there are others who are beginning the long, arduous task of trying to decipher each states hunting regulations in search of that one special hunt that will guarantee the buck, bull or boar of a lifetime. Once that special hunt is located, all one has to do is figure out how many points are needed to have a chance to be successful, figure out how to apply, how much it will cost to apply and then go ahead and apply, during the correct application period, and then sit back and wait for that email or letter that will hopefully read SUCCESSFUL for hunt number XXX. Now for those of us who have hunted out west long enough, realize, that more often than not that letter reads Unsuccessful for hunt XXX…and so the anticipation for next year when we can once again apply and hope for success in at least the draw. Now lest you think this is simply a downer post, please know it is simply an informational post, that the first hunting season of the year is officially underway: Hunt application season officially began January 1st 2016 with the timeframe for applying for elk tags in Wyoming opening up to applicants. This application period ends January 31st. If you have a desire to hunt Wyoming, but don’t know where to start, might I suggest you begin by calling my outfitter friend Kelly Christensen at 208-547-4062, emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting his website at www.RafterCoutfitting.com. He is licensed in both Idaho and Wyoming and is very approachable about hunting information in either of his areas. As for Idaho, beginning January 15, 2016, the application for spring bear in the draw only areas opens. With Idaho having so many over the counter or OTC tag areas with 2 bear tags available in these areas, I can’t imagine why one would want to apply for a hunt, but I have been told that if it is a draw area in Idaho for bears, there are even more bears than in areas with 2 tags and with much easier access and so should be a very good hunt…if you draw. For more info on Idaho Spring bear applications, see http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/media/viewNewsRelease.cfm?newsID=8027 Application season is always a fun, thought and dream provoking time of year, please keep in mind that if you miss an application deadline or are simply unsuccessful in the draw, you can always buy an Idaho OTC tag and simply go hunting. If you are searching for an Idaho outfitter for 2016 (and somehow we don’t fit your criteria), your best resource for finding a quality Idaho hunting outfitter is www.HuntingIdaho.org Spring Bear Season is Almost Here and There are a Few Spots Left Bookings for this years 2014 spring bear season have been brisk and we are grateful that so many hunters are putting their faith and hunting dollars in us and Idaho. That being said, we have just a few more spots left for this spring 2014 Idaho spring bear season. Most weeks are already booked but we have room for a couple of hunters May 18-23 and June 8-13. If you have that high school senior graduating, what would be a more perfect High School graduation present than a spring bear hunt in Idaho’s famous Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area? Book your spots today before they are all gone. Our backcountry Idaho spring bear season “officially” begins April 1 but because of snow pack and elevation, our season begins May 4. Hope you can make it and we look forward to meeting and hunting with those who have already booked a spring bear hunt with us! Remember too, if you cannot make it this spring, we still have openings for fall bear hunting season. Comment (0) Comments are closed.