HUNTING -- During the first week of the main big-game hunting seasons, Idaho Panhandle hunters reported seeing a lot of moose and grouse and they saw more elk and elk sign than the past few years, according to reports for Idaho Fish and Game Department hunter check stations.
The number of elk calves seen varied. Some hunters reported a lot of calves with groups of cows while others reported few or no calves.
But hunters saw a lot of spike elk, which typically means good overwinter calf survival.
Most deer taken in early October in the Panhandle are incidental to elk hunting. Deer hunting success is gauged by what happens during the November 1 to December 1 part of the deer season.