For the first time in 24 years -- A perfect storm hit the area of Central Idaho in the region above and along the South Fork of the Clearwater River.
Smoke, Dust, Extreme Hot Weather => Translates to BUGS laying eggs in standing water or ponds.
BOTTOM LINE: During such conditions mentioned above, a species of blue fly lays its eggs in stagnant water, the deer drinks the egg tainted water during the drought, and the resulting impact to deer health simply proves too much for many of the deer to overcome.
By mid-September through the first week of October, the Die-Off occurs throughout a large area in the South Fork Clearwater River Valley, where our Lazy J Ranch property is located.
For the past 23 years we enjoyed a 100 percent opportunity – kill records – over that time, where very few hunting guests left the Ranch without a Deer. With exception of one guest who had a family medical emergency, I have been so proud of this record for the Lazy J Ranch and grateful for the bounty that the heavens have provided.
Needless to say I am deeply saddened by this unavoidable, natural event.
Hats off to all of our 2021 Guests who were so understanding and shared tales daily about their enjoyment of their hunt. We ended with 40 percent successful hunting season of opportunity.