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2013 Super Hunt Winners

August 28, 2013 - 6:10pm -- idfg-vosborn

Both 2013 Super Hunt drawings are done and 34 lucky hunters have won the hunt of their dreams. Here are the 2013 Idaho Super Hunt winners by state:

  • 8 Super Hunt deer tags went to 3 Idaho hunters, 2 Washington hunters and 1 each to Wyoming, Wisconsin, Texas, Nevada and Utah hunters.

  • 8 Super Hunt elk tags went to 6 Idaho hunters, 2 Washington hunters, and 1 each to Minnesota and California hunters.

  • 8 Super Hunt pronghorn tags went to 6 Idaho hunters, 2 California hunters and 1 each to Washington and Minnesota hunters.

  • 2 Super Hunt moose tags went to 1 California hunter and 1 Indiana hunter.

  • 2 Super Hunt Combo tags went to 2 Idaho hunters.

Winners of Super Hunt tags for a deer, elk, pronghorn or moose can participate in any open hunt in addition to any general season or controlled hunt tags they also hold. All other rules of individual hunts apply.

The special drawings began in 2004 as a way to raise money for the Access Yes! program, which helps assure hunter and angler access to and across private lands by compensating willing landowners.

For information about this program contact local Fish and Game officials or visit the website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/accessyesguide.aspx.

 

Trophies Come in All Sizes!

July 29, 2013 - 5:52pm -- idfg-vosborn

Well, the Super Hunt tag thing didn't go as I had planned.

The morning of October 1, I found myself 80 yards from a really heavy bull. Trees were thick, but open enough. Weather was bitterly cold, which was refreshing. Elk were going crazy.

After watching a bachelor group of small bulls walk by I heard that infamous deep grunting bugle from behind me. I took off running in that direction trying to keep my balance on the steep slope. He would scream every time I did, but I wasn’t gaining ground. I knew he would be in a clearing soon so I kept on trucking. Finally, when I heard him singing I knew he was close. I got down and began looking around and there he was! Massive antlers. I didn’t even count points, I didn’t have to. He was huge!

I waited and waited for a shot trying not to be seen by his cows. Finally, he stopped in between two trees that gave me about a foot wide shot at his vitals. I took the shot. The sound and smell of that old Win 270 filled the air. I watched the bull react. He was confused but that was all. I couldn’t get another shot in. He turned and followed his cows up the hill and if he wasn’t hit then he had one heck of a funny walk.

This was Monday morning at 0930. I spent the rest of that day and every daylight hour until Thursday noon looking for him. Not a lot of blood and no bull. They had walked into the thickest stuff I have ever walked through. I was cutting branches and ripping out bushes. I literally went insane those few days. Not even magpies and crows gave me a clue as to where he was. I hope it was a bad shot and he made it for next year’s archery. I puked several times knowing the biggest bull I have ever taken aim at slipped through another season.

After a long drive home and a lot of coffee I grabbed my family and we headed out to the desert. About 6pm my 6-year old son says, "Dad, elk!!" I look and see cows 50 yards ahead. I hop out and sure enough there was a bull, a small 5x.

I got back in the SUV and both my kids said, “Shoot it Dad. Shoot it.” I said it’s not big enough. Then Hunter, my kiddo said, “Are you kidding me?! He is huge.”  Ha.  That’s when I realized where the true trophy in this hunt was. After several pictures that "trophy" bull is now hanging in my son’s room. I guess trophies come in all kinds.

All in all, not what I wanted from my Super Hunt, but what I needed. It was great!   - John Thornley

If My Friends Could See Me Now!

March 11, 2013 - 4:37pm -- idfg-vosborn

Don Seitz's friends thought he was wasting his time buying a Super Hunt ticket. They told him Idaho doesn't have any elk because wolves have eaten them all. He bought a ticket anyway and won a Super Hunt tag for an elk. Here's his answer to his friends back home in Missouri.    - Don Seitz, 2010 Super Hunt elk tag winner.   For more on Don's hunt go to http://www.eastmans.com/ehj/125/maiden-voyage.html

 

Best $50 I Ever Spent!

March 8, 2013 - 3:00pm -- idfg-vosborn

It all started with phone call from my brother, Dallas. "You lucky SOB, your name was drawn for the Super tag," he told me. "I couldn't believe it - best $50 I have ever spent. After the initial shock wore off, it was time to start scouting for the "WOW" buck."

Ryan's Super Hunt adventure ended with him getting his "WOW" buck. The buck unofficially scored 220" Boone & Crockett, and is 34 1/2" wide.

The state record score for a typical mule deer is 215 5/8, and for a nontypical it is 320 4/8. The Boone and Crockett world record typical mule is 226 4/8, and nontypical is 355 2/8.

 - Ryan Smith, 2007 Super Hunt Winner

2010 Super Hunt Elk

March 8, 2013 - 2:54pm -- idfg-vosborn

Had the Super Hunt elk tag last year. I hunted unit 40 with all the other Super Hunt winners. Not bad, there are lots of drainages. Was able to take a nice 6/7 bull elk on the second day of the hunt that scored 364. If anyone needs info about the unit just post. I have a lot of phone#s of locals. If your lucky enough to draw the tag do research ." -  Idaho Super Hunt Facebook post by Case Shively, April 2011

 

Idaho Super Hunt Combo Winner 2011

March 8, 2013 - 2:40pm -- idfg-vosborn

What a great opportunity to hunt Idaho again this year. Thanks to Idaho Super Hunt for the tags. Hunted some of the most beautiful places in Idaho. I hunted only with family and friends, no outfitters or trespass fees. Hunted the longest and hardest for deer (from Aug 15 to Nov 30th), but never shot at or harvested one. However, I did let a few nice bucks go, for next years winners. It was just fun to have the chance to go to any area and hunt and maybe find the dream animal. Thanks again Idaho. -  Facebook entry as 'Idaho SuperTag'

Luck has everything to do with it!

March 8, 2013 - 2:17pm -- idfg-vosborn

My Idaho Super Hunt. By Ross Rackliff

Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good.

While this old adage applies to every kind of hunting, it’s perhaps even truer when it comes to big mule deer.

It seemed that the more research I did on where – and how – to hunt big mule deer, the tougher it appeared to be. The complicated draw systems and preference points put in place by most western states made it difficult, if not impossible, to hunt a quality mule deer area.

So when I read about the opportunity to apply for an Idaho Super Hunt tag, I figured it was worth a shot. I have to confess that I had no idea what an Idaho Super Hunt tag was until three days before the deadline. But I was looking for an opportunity to hunt big mule deer, and I figured a chance at this tag was worth rolling dice for. So I sent in six tickets (yes, just six tickets!) and forgot about it.

I was in for a surprise several weeks later when I got home to a message on my answering machine from Idaho Fish and Game. “Congratulations…” it began. I had to listen to the message three times before it finally started to sink in. I’d pulled a tag for an Idaho Super Hunt for mule deer!   - Ross Rackliff,  Winner of 2008 Super Hunt deer tag.  Excerpt from Mule Deer Country blog.  Click link for full story.  http://muledeercountry.com/?s=rackliff

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