Idaho winter kill

Chadd314

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Anyone in the montpelier area know how bad the winter kill might be? Hunt the area but from Washington so been wondering that all winter. I heard it's been bad in idaho in general.

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Mackay Sagebrush

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I don't know about the Bear Lake area in general, but I was just up in Salmon, Challis and Mackay this weekend, and the winter kills are much higher than usual. Hwy 93 from Arco through Mackay has a reduced speed due to animals on the road, and it has been that way for months.

That said, I did see a good number of healthy looking animals too.

Tough winters with heavy snowfalls are all part of the cycle of life..
 

mtnrunner260

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The Utah side of Bear Lake was the hardest hit for us and the first spot they started feeding.
I can't imagine Idaho was much better but can't say for sure.
 

mfllood3800

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I read on GoHunt that the mule deer fawn were hit hard, but that the elk herd was doing ok??
I'm planning a cent Id hunt and am waiting for more precise numbers.

I thought I also read the pan handle was hit the worst?
 

paleraider

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I went and scouted around 2 weekends ago and saw several large herds around the salmon/challis area. I was pleased by to see several big bodied brutes.
 

kicker338

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Was at a fish& game meeting last wk for panhandle and the biologist said the elk did fine this winter here and the deer were in good shape too.
 

Ross

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So far finding a good number of whiteys dead but yet to find an elk dead in the panhandle will soon be venturing deep on elk to get a full view of how it went..deep snow is coming off quick with lots of rain this month which should save many along with milder temps
 
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Chadd314

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Thank you it is much appreciated!

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