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.

Craig Mountain WMA

• Access by boat along the Snake River

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

• Special controlled hunts for bighorn sheep

Boise National Forest

• 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

Bitterroot National Forest

• 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

Couer ‘d Alene National Forest

• 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!

• 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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