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Idahoans Head for the Hills: Hunting Seasons Begin

October 13, 2009

BOISE, Idaho - Idahoans are headed for the hills - hunting season is officially underway. Deer and waterfowl seasons are open around the state, with elk opening over the next couple of weeks. Idaho Fish and Game predicts hunters have good odds to get a deer and bag some waterfowl, but scoring an elk may be a tougher adventure. Elk hunter Mike Matz, executive director of the Campaign for America's Wilderness, says the best tip for finding the big game is to head to the big wilderness in Idaho.

"Out and away from everything; that's kind of where the wildlife, especially big game species like elk, hang out."

Matz says this fall's chilly weather should be seen as an advantage for elk hunters.

"Last year, when I was out elk hunting, I didn't have much luck because the days were pretty warm, and then the weather turned and we got some snow. That moved the animals around a little bit and we were able to follow some of the tracks."

He says studies have shown that elk tend to stay a mile or two away from roads, or vehicle noise, so roadless areas make prime elk hunting grounds.

The state estimates that hunting season is worth several hundred million dollars, for Idaho through the sale of hunting tags, gear and supplies.

Deb Courson, Public News Service - ID