Swamp Hunting Coeur D Alene ID

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Idaho Panhandle National Forest
(208) 765-7223
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur D'Alene, ID
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Center Target Sports
(208) 773-2331
3295 East Mullan Ave
Post Falls, IN
 
Big 5 Sporting Goods
(208) 664-6144
101 E Best Ave
Coeur D Alene, ID
 
Coeur D'alene Golf & Spa Resort The
(208) 666-9021
Coeur D Alene, ID
 
Ponderosa Springs Par 3 Golf Course Pro Shop and Batting Cages
(208) 664-1101
1291 N Galena Dr
Coeur D Alene, ID
 
Coeur D'Alene Lake
(208) 769-5000
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur D'Alene, ID
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Auto Touring; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Picnicking; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Fleet Feet Sports Coeur D'alene
(208) 765-7604
511 E Sherman Ave
Coeur D Alene, ID
 
Sports Cellar
(208) 664-9464
402 E Sherman Ave
Coeur D Alene, ID
 
Lake Charters Incorporated
(208) 667-3474
1904 W Kidd Island Rd
Coeur D Alene, ID
 
Tuxedo Gallery
(208) 664-6750
1928 N 4th St
Coeur D Alene, ID
 

Hunt the "Island in the Stream"

In the south, as in many other parts of the country, we have vast swamps that are often a maze of runs, sloughs, dead end back waters and at times, row after row of areas that are flowing water, higher ground and then flowing water again.

I hunt two of these… the Salkehatchie and the Coosawhatchie river systems.

The former system is, in some portions of the river, over a mile wide and while the latter one is less massive, what it lacks in width, it makes for with huge oxbows and twists / turns of the main run.

Both of these systems have their own unique characteristics (and charm!) but they also have two other things in common:

·      They are both filled with deer.

·      They both have islands – isolated patches of higher ground that are surrounded by acres and acres of flooded ground.

The deer love the swamp… it is a great area for travel, it has water, green browse, there are usually loads of hard mast, there are generally dense thickets along each side of the swamp and they feel very comfortable in these areas.

I profess a great love for these swamps and hunt these areas whenever I feel that I can get on some deer – either traveling or feeding…and sometimes… as a refuge area…

In these vast expanses, when you locate one of these islands, there is dry ground for bedding, green browse, all the water they want and often – thick areas for cover.

They are generally less concerned, I think, with the dense cover – because they are fairly relaxed down in these swamps anyway.

In many instances, you can spot these areas from a distance due to the green growth that accumulates on the higher ground… something the sodden and often flooded adjacent areas can not provide.

Locate one of these areas, and you have done two things… identified a potential hiding and bedding area for the deer and also found yourself a potential great area to set up a stand, be it a climber, fixed or even a ground level blind.

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