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Hunting & Big Game

Most visitors think of Priest Lake as only a wonderful summertime getaway. However, what the natives know, and many visitors are quickly discovering, is that the lake's best season begins after the summer crowds depart. This is the time when many outdoor enthusiasts turn to game hunting as a way to enjoy the gorgeous autumn colors and quiet solitude of the Priest Lake forests.

Priest Lake is home to numerous species of coveted game animals. Whitetail and mule deer share our forests with an increasing herd of magnificent elk, monster moose and a large population of black bear. Other species of interest include cougars, an abundant supply of grouse, turkeys and waterfowl.

This vast area has one of the most abundant whitetail deer herds in Idaho. Hunters will encounter these animals on almost every square mile of land. Early winter snows virtually guarantee regular sightings, and with legal taking of either sex, even novice hunters stand a very good chance for success.

Mule deer abide in the more remote upper elevation regions, which makes for some challenging attempts to reach their homeland. Roaming the high mountain ridges, logging sites and regenerated forest fire areas will usually reward the hunter with sightings of small herds including some very respectable bucks.

A modest but rapidly increasing elk herd is also scattered across the basin. While seasons are fairly short and restrictive, perseverance will likely be rewarded for the ardent hunter. An exciting encounter with a regal bull elk will be worth the time and effort.

Idaho residents who are fortunate enough to be drawn for a once in a lifetime moose permit are virtually guaranteed success in bagging a bull moose when hunting in the Priest Lake area. These majestic animals are widespread and frequently encountered at all elevations.

Idaho Fish & Game regulates the seasons and rules regarding hunting for all game species. It is wise to check the regulations in advance of your hunting trip.

Come and join with the natives -- discover and partake in the beauty and solitude of Priest Lake's "quiet season". You will be welcomed as a friend and rewarded with a superb sporting experience in nature's wonderland.

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