Public Land: Hunting and Fishing in Idaho

When it comes to access, few states can match the variety and magnitude of those offered by Idaho. The state boasts nearly 53 million acres of publicly-owne land, the fourth-largest amount in the United States. Public hunting opportunities for western big game species are excellent. And the fishing? Top notch with thousands of miles of high-quality trout streams, scores of trout-rich high country lakes and plenty of reservoirs with classic warm-water fisheries.

• Access by boat along the Snake River

• Excellent hunting opportunities for whitetails, mountain lions, mule deer, elk, bears

• Special controlled hunts for bighorn sheep

• 2.6 million acres, located in central Idaho just north of Boise

• Reservoir fishing for warmwaters species; outstanding trout fishing on the Boise River

• Big game hunting for elk, mule deer, turkeys

• 1.6 million acres

• Houses the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, largest continuous wilderness area in the lower 48

• Excellent river and stream trout fishing; abundant big game hunting opportunities

• 736,000 acres

• One of three national forests in the Idaho panhandle system

• Excellent whitetail hunting; trout fishing in streams and high country lakes

• Access Yes! is a program that opens private lands to public hunting and allows access via private lands to other public lands

• 303,564 private acres enrolledand 256,805

• Additional access to 256,805 public land acres

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: Coeur d' Alene National Forest

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