I have created this site to chronicle my scouting trips and then the corresponding hunts. I get just as much satisfaction in finding and observing the animals as I do in hunting and harvesting them. With the majority of my time in the field spent exploring new areas and looking over animals, I find it more fitting to focus on the scouting rather than the individual hunt and harvest. The hunting season is the apex of my efforts, but it’s really only a brief amount of time in comparison to scouting.
I am an avid backpack hunter and usually get deep into the wilderness and high on the ridge tops where the Deer and Elk like to spend the summer. I have been backpacking since the mid 90’s, Deer hunting since the early 2000′, and hunting these areas of Idaho since 2010. I have some solid experience under my belt and continue to refine my woodsmanship and knowledge with each trip into the wilderness.
Most of my scouting trips take place in south central Idaho and go from early spring all the way through to the beginning of the general hunting seasons, at which the hunting begins. I spend most of my time in Idaho’s Public Land unlimited OTC units, which is also Wolf country. This equates to lower density populations of Deer and Elk that are more reclusive and wary. I simply don’t always see big Bucks and Bulls on my trips, but I do always see animals. So why do I spend time in these lower density, harder to hunt areas? It’s simply because there is also a lower density of predators, both man and beast, allowing a better chance for Bucks and Bulls to live to old age. They may be few and far between, but the few are usually bigger. I hope you enjoy browsing this site and following along as much as I enjoy providing the content!
In the past I have not been very good at documenting the hunts with pictures, but here are a few of the better harvests from throughout the years. All of these animals where taken on a backpack hunt and packed out by me.