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Best deer units a mix of permit, general-tag

Updated: August 29, 2006, 1:49 PM ET
By Ed Riser | Fishing and Hunting News

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho — Every hunter would like to shoot a wall-hanger buck every time out, but most of us end up paying dues, not taxidermists.

We try to even the odds by applying for hunts in special-permit units, hunting districts managed for trophy bucks. But refund checks and preference points are our usual reward, and most of us settle for hunting a general-license area.

That's not as hopeless as it sounds. While general-season hunts can be congested, low-percentage affairs ...

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