What is the protocol for accessing the Boise Front WMA? I have hunted that area from the top but would like to hunt from the Harris Ranch trail head for ease of packing an elk out. What should I be weary of concerning private property access?

I have spoken with two hunters who have packed out animals through the bottom of this WMA around Harris Ranch. They thought they had access but apparently crossed private ground and were ticketed. I have harvested several elk from this area but from the top. It would have been easier to pack them out through the bottom, but I was unsure of how to go about this.


The Boise Front Segment of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area (BRWMA), including Lucky Peak Mountain, can be accessed by using Highland Valley Road (off of SH-21). The following link provides a map of the WMA and the roads http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wma/. The Boise Front Segment is open to motorized vehicles from May 1 to November 15. Motorized vehicles must remain on designated routes at all times.
Hunters are responsible for contacting the private property owner for permission to access their land. Check out our Hunt Planner to see county boundaries, property boundaries and WMA boundaries http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/huntplanner.aspx. Some hunters want to have access from the Harris Ranch Trailhead but those property owners (Harris Ranch property owners) do not want anyone on their property (motorized vehicles or walkers, hikers or hunters).

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Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 1:22 PM MDT