Re: Idaho Hunting
I do a DIY hunt in Idaho every other year (near the town of Leadore, south of Salmon). Yes, you will want to be in shape, but compared to some of the DIY hunts I've done in CO, it's not nearly as steep or rugged, but you still need to be in good physical condition. Elk range over a wide territory and the only way to locate them is to go find them. that's going to involve a huge amount of walking over rugged terrain and you're in a high altitude with less oxygen. The better shape you're in , the more area you can cover.
Yes, the wolves have affevted the elk population but we still find pleanty of elk. Enough to still justify the expense and effort of going out there.
take clothing that is durable and light weight. dressing in layers allows you to adapt to the tempatures. We usually go out the last week in August for the archery opener and I've had temps as high as 105 degrees (it was a record high and very extreme, but still, temps and the 80's is not unusual for that time of year). 5 days later we had a foot of snow dumped on us. The weather can change instantly so you have to be prepared. Buy the lightest pair of QUALITY hiking boots you can. I can't stress this enough. Your feet will take a beating. Make sure your boots are WELL broken in before you go. One well placed blister and you can ruin a hunt you've invested a lot of time and money in. I've seen it happen 1st hand.
Hope this helps..