Hunting Ground in North Idaho

Situated directly above the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge near Bonners Ferry in Boundary County, a collection of eight side-by-side 20-acre parcels may be the best hunting ground available in North Idaho. Walk it and the reasons for this claim quickly become clear. Elk, whitetail and mule deer along with black bear, cougar, bobcat and wolves frequent this ground.

Easily one of the best hunting property collections available in North Idaho. Story and photos by Dwayne Parsons

Easily one of the best hunting property collections available in North Idaho. Story and photos by Dwayne Parsons

160 Acres of Hunting Directly Above a National Wildlife Refuge

Does it get any better than that?

Yes, it does because this property collection currently has one deeded access entering from the North. You don’t touch Parcel 1 until you’ve passed over almost a mile of private road. Then you are on steep ground with numerous game trails as elk and deer pass through to the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge situated directly below. Here’s a sign-post map of the refuge. The eight 20-acre parcels are directly west away from the road.

At their closest point, the properties are at least a hundred yards up from the Westside Road. Of course, there's no hunting allowed on the game refuge which includes approximately 2-miles of the Westside Road directly below these hunting parcels.

At their closest point, the properties are at least a hundred yards up from the Westside Road. Of course, there’s no hunting allowed on the game refuge of course, which includes approximately 2-miles of the Westside Road directly below these hunting parcels.

Can these parcels be bought as a whole?

Of course. At this point in time, they can be purchased individually or in any combination including the entire collection.

As yet, there are no cabins or structures on these properties. A single logging road gated off the property on both the North and South ends has easement established only on the North entrance. The Seller is working on getting the easement from the south. But for the purposes of hunting, right now, it couldn’t be better. No one is going to come in from the bottom, the south and few would drop down the steep slopes from the Myrtle Creek Road above, especially if you posted these walk-in accesses. Plus you have a buffer on the north of almost a mile before you hit Parcel 1.

Cascade Creek flows year-round through Parcels 6 and 7, with 7 dominating the water flow.

Cascade Creek enters Parcel 7 from the top and runs through the upper 3/4 of the property before it enters the lower 1/4 of Parcel 6.

Cascade Creek enters Parcel 7 from the top and runs through the upper 3/4 of the property before it enters the lower 1/4 of Parcel 6.

In the photo below, an elk carcass was dragged out on the logging spur with an ATV. Salt licks are everywhere along the clay deposits left over from the glacier that moved through this valley eons ago. The clay is evidenced in the slide imprint of the elk as it was pulled out on the road.

Slid across the clay of this hillside road, a recent elk kill was taken off the property behind an ATV.

Slid across the clay of this hillside road, a recent elk kill was taken off the property behind an ATV.

Game trails like this coming down off the mountain are worked into the soil by a large number of animals using the same path on their way to grazing on the wildlife refuge, mostly elk.

Game trails like this coming down off the mountain are worked into the soil by a large number of animals using the same path on their way to grazing on the wildlife refuge, mostly elk.

See Also: Prime Hunting Ground for Sale

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