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Idaho Game Management Unit Big Desert Elk

  • ID:Big Desert
  • State:ID
  • Species:Elk
  • Area:3,556 square miles
  • Elevation:3,700 ft - 10,600 ft
  • Public Lands:2,746 square miles
  • Percent Public Lands:78%
  • Block Management Walk-ins:2
  • Campgrounds:1
  • Fishing Access Sites:2
  • Trailheads:7
  • Recent Forest Fire Activity:49,509 acres
  • National Forests:None
  • Lat-Long:43.123790, -113.330027

The Big Desert zone regulates hunting opportunities for elk in Idaho and covers 3,556 square miles. Public lands comprise 2,746 square miles (78%) of the total land covered by this game management unit. The greater region is best serviced by Crystal. The elevation of the region ranges from a low of 3,700 feet to a high of 10,600 feet above sea level. Wildfires have burned nearly 49,509 acres here in the last two years, providing opportunities for new vegetation and attracting a variety of wildlife. This area contains 1 campgrounds, and 2 public fishing access sites. There are 7 trailheads that provide public gateways to these wilderness areas: Bear Den Butte Wilderness Study Area, Cedar Butte Wilderness Study Area, Craters of the Moon National Monument Wilderness, Great Rift Wilderness Study Area, Lava Wilderness Study Area, Little Deer Wilderness Study Area, Shale Butte Wilderness Study Area. Additionally, 2 sites are open to the public for access to managed private lands.

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