Favorable hunting weather is upon us, and hunters are taking advantage of it. There is much happening this week with the general deer and elk seasons opening up. Here is this week’s hunting report:

Antelope: The primary controlled hunt has been underway since Sept. 25th in our region and lasts until Oct 24th. There are also some controlled muzzleloader and short range weapons hunts in limited units that also ending on Oct 24th. The harvest numbers have been about average this year, with several nice trophies being taken. Popular unit 46 is seeing most of the action in the northern portion of the unit.

Deer: The vast majority of general and controlled hunts for deer in our region open on Oct. 10th, with some limited units opening on Oct. 5th. Hunters in the northern units of our region are still reporting fewer deer than normal. The southern units south of the Snake River are showing good numbers with some great bucks being taken so far. The spring conditions this year lead to excellent horn growth in several of our units. Please check the regulations for over-the-counter hunting opportunities for antlered and antler-less options

Elk: The remainder of the October hunts for controlled elk open up on Oct. 15th in our region. The Sawtooth Zone general season, which encompasses units 33, 34, 35 and 36, is open for antlered elk from Oct. 15th to Nov. 8th. There have not been many elk being taken so far in the units already open, but that should change as weather patterns continue to change. Please check the regulations for antlered, antler-less, and spike-only hunting opportunities that are still available.

As the number of hunters in the field drastically increase in the next few days, please remember your hunter’s safety rules and proper firearm handling. Let’s have a safe and successful hunting season.

Jeff Frost owns Intermountain Taxidermy and Worldwide Adventures in Twin Falls.