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
“Calling in a 354 inch 8x9 Bull in the rut was really something to experience. I'll never forget it! Thanks to my friends and to IDFG for the excellent tag program my year was a huge success! I'm looking forward to dropping some tickets in the bucket next year!” – Jack Pederson, 2010 Super Hunt elk tag winner
Just to be able to choose any hunt was amazing. It's a hunter's dream. I wanted to hunt a place with few people and a lot of big bucks. That's just what I did. After hunting for nine days and looking over a ton of bucks, I saw him.
- Dave Leavitt, 2007 Super Hunt Winner
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
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
It was in Unit 45. Awesome unit!!! - Facebook post as Mark.
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'
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