St. Maries, located on the St. Joe River, offers some of the finest outdoor recreation opportunities available anywhere. The St. Joe River Valley has a well-deserved reputation as being one of the finest elk hunting areas in the United States.
The St. Joe National Forest, which supports the third largest elk herd in North America, is popular with big game hunters. For that reason, hunters from throughout the nation travel to St. Maries every year to take advantage of this area’s large and growing elk herd.
Besides being one of the nation’s premier elk-hunting areas, the St. Maries area also offers deer, bear and moose hunting.
Duck, turkey, pheasant, grouse and geese abound for the bird hunter.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game can provide more details on hunting seasons and regulations