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Coming to idaho

Postby armyducker » Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:54 am

Mountain home afb to be exact. I just received orders for mountain home afb. Trying to get a feel for duck hunting around there. From my initial research I see cj strike is nearby as well as the snake river. I know it sounds funny an Army guy getting stationed at an afb, but it happens. If anyone is familar with that area please let me know. Not looking for a guide or anyone's honey hole just a little advice is all. If you prefer pm or text that's fine , we can go that route as well.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby rikasam2013 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:23 pm

I live near there and hunt cj strike/the snake every year. Most everything is deep water. If you don't have a boat, you will need a dog, both is best. Good bird numbers if you hit the right weeks. Some times it seems as nothing is there that's when you must be mobile. Good luck. BTW the fishing can be great, best from a boat, watch for rattlers when bank fishing.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby armyducker » Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:33 pm

Thanks rika, I currently have a 14 foot Jon boat with 8hp motor. Is this to small of a boat for cj strike? I have a dog, so no issues there, I also longline at times do if need be I can do that. I appreciate the response, I'm excited to getting out there!
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby HaydenHunter » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:38 am

Welcome to Idaho. Thanks for your service. Where you coming from?

Can't help you with hunting down there...I am at the opposite end of the state.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby armyducker » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:27 am

I'm coming from fort Campbell, ky. Looking forward to seeing new terrain.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby rikasam2013 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:15 pm

Strike is kinda big, so you won't be running far with an 8horse. There are a bunch of put-ins around the lake so it won't be so bad, get a map. Be careful if the wind is up, don't get caught in the waves out in the middle with a square front jon boat. My boat is a 14ft v-hull with a 15 horse, it's a little more seaworthy. I actually do mostly walk in, I gots my secret spots.... :tongue:
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby armyducker » Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:14 am

Rikasam, so I could follow the bank and have no issues w a 14 footer and 8 hp?
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby rikasam2013 » Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:29 am

My meaning is respect the weather out there, Strike can get scary quick. Keeping to the edges you should be ok. The main arm there is current and it is rocky, the Bruneau arm less so. Best thing is go fish this summer with a map and explore where you feel comfortable going.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby armyducker » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:12 am

I definitely plan on fishing and traveling around to get an idea of the water and conditions. Won't be there till early aug. Do most people long line? Or put out singles w long cords? I have decoys for all conditions pretty much, divers puddlers, goose floaters. So hopefully I'll be good w them, proably use mojo floaters if it's real deep.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby HaydenHunter » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:51 pm

army,
Coming from Kentucky (Mississippi flyway?) you're gonna love our typical 107 day Pacific Flyway season. :beer:
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby armyducker » Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:54 pm

Yea I was shocked and happy when I saw the longer season!
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby rikasam2013 » Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:36 pm

Yes long season. It starts hot, I have hunted wet wading first week or two. Late Oct into Nov Gortex waders will be fine. Usually by Thanksgiving neoprenes are needed for when the temps really drop and the ice stays. Past 2 years It has been below zero around Christmas/New Years.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby armyducker » Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:46 am

I have neoprene, all the seasons ive hunted on (minus teal) the season starts after Thanksgiving so its usually cold.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby cutm Jack » Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:31 pm

Are you working at the vet clinic on base? That's the only spot I ever saw army at...I just left Moho and can't wait to get back.


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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby armyducker » Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:48 pm

Jack, I'll be working in operations.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby dudejcb » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:17 pm

armyducker wrote:Rikasam, so I could follow the bank and have no issues w a 14 footer and 8 hp?

No. the wind can really come up and you will get 4 and 5 foot rollers on Strike. I have a 16 ft v-hull with a 60- hp evinrude so I can get up on plane and get to the ramp pronto when the waves are rolling. That is, however, the best time to be in a backwater spot.

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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby armyducker » Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:41 pm

Dude, I should be there mid July.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby armyducker » Mon May 12, 2014 9:55 am

Can someone enlighten me on the waterfowl seasons in Idaho? Does Idaho have an early teal season? Hopefully this doesnt get me laughed out of the Idaho forum, but as I prepare for my upcoming move these questions come to mind, I did not see one mentioned on the Idaho game and fish site. Also anyone that hunts CJ strike or Bruneau arm, any help would be appreciated. I plan on scouting as soon as I get up there, learning the roads boat ramps etc.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby IdahoSkies » Tue May 13, 2014 4:20 pm

No teal season. Generally seasons run from Early October through January. Some years they split between east and west Idaho starting a week different. There is usually a youth weekend in September.

There are some differences for Geese, but the above generally holds true for them as well.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby armyducker » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:15 am

We have officially arrived here at mountain home afb. Even the air force are shocked when I say I'm in the Army, anyhow it's good to finally be here, now to start exploring. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby jdinid » Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:12 pm

Welcome! The first thing you need to so is go drop a line in CJ Strike. :)
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby armyducker » Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:28 am

Jd, wouldn't know where to start really
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Coming to idaho

Postby jdinid » Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:49 am

If you have access to a boat, go drift the cliffs in the narrows straight across from the Air Force launch ramp. Between the two sides you have about six miles of "secret fishing spot" to work. Use whatever smallmouth bait you prefer. If it's really windy, you probably want to do something else.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby doane25 » Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:08 pm

So what are you thinking about this part of Idaho? Made it out and around yet? A lot to do here year round but the real fun doesn't start till October! This will be my third season here and I'd be happy to show you around or give you some pointers. Paying it back for all the guys that have helped me over the years. Just let me know.
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Re: Coming to idaho

Postby fixed blade » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:35 am

Id be interested in hearing how you did as well... Are there any lakes in the bottom half of the state where a guy has a chance at a nice lake trout?
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