Here are the numbers for two Salmon region check stations operated over the weekend of October 20 & 21 with comparisons (in parentheses) to the same period in 2017.
Carmen Check Station - Highway 93, north of Salmon
- Numbers of hunters through station - 241 (251)
- Numbers of elk checked - 14 (9)
- Numbers of deer checked - 48 (28)
Stephens Gulch Check Station – Highway 93, north of Challis
- Numbers of hunters through station - 231 (344)
- Numbers of elk checked – 12 (20)
- Numbers of deer checked - 32 (25)
Hunter success rates at both check stations were higher these two days compared to the same period last year. Overall harvest rates at Carmen increased from 14.74 percent in 2017 to 25.73 percent in 2018. Success rates at the Stephens Gulch station was up slightly as well, with 13.08 percent in 2017 to 19.05 percent in 2018.
Check stations provide a snap shot of what hunting was like early in the season, but there's lots more deer and elk hunting available in the Salmon region this fall.
Hunters are reminded that many check stations are “management stations” where the main goal is to collect data from harvested animals and interview hunters. However, Fish and Game also pays attention to any rule violations encountered. The department has taken the top five most common hunting violations and created short videos explaining the reason for each rule and what hunters can do to stay in compliance. The videos are available at https://idfg.idaho.gov/blog/2017/10/how-avoid-common-hunting-violations