Idaho’s landscape is rugged and diverse and features some of the largest unspoiled natural areas in the United States, including the Frank Church-River of No Return Natural Area which features more than 2 milli0on acres of protected wilderness. This monstrous wilderness area also features hunting opportunities for deer, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, bear, and mountain lion, in addition to a variety of small game, game birds, and waterfowl.
Not only does Idaho have a massive amount of wilderness and natural space for hunters to explore and track game, but there are also a large number of game species. One of the most popular game species to hunt in the state is Elk. With more than 100,000 elk roaming the state there are plenty of opportunities to harvest one (or more) and fill your freezer. For your best chances, head to the south-west region of the state towards Elmore County where elk harvest numbers are consistently high. Nearby public hunting areas include the C. J. Stike WMA, and the Sawtooth National Forest.
The Gem State also boats plenty upland game hunting opportunities – the state is home to three species of forest grouse including dusky, ruffed, and spruce grouse. Top counties for grouse include Power and Oneida counties – hunters can seek out their flighty prey at the Curlew National Grassland which features over 45,000 acres of land and plenty of upland game, rabbit, and waterfowl.