Idaho Elk and Mule Deer hunts
Our Elk and Mule Deer hunts are done from our Backcountry camps in Idaho’s West Central Mountains. The hunts are 7 days with 5 full days of hunting, and Our camps consist of wall tents, wood stoves, cots, foams, and lanterns with 3 meals a day and plenty of firewood. These hunts are NOT for the faint of heart. Idahos Backcountry is Rugged! We leave from Yellow Pine, Idaho. From there, our camps are 3 to 5 hours in on horseback. All of our stock is experienced mountain horses and sure-footed. We recommend our hunters to be in good physical shape, and the terrain can be steep and rugged. Typically we use the horses to get us up the hills or take us long distances to locate game if needed, but we have clients walk downhill as it saves on our horse’s front ends. We are not about Quantity; we are about quality. We limit each hunt to No more than 4 hunters in camp per hunt. All of our guides are experienced hunters and back-country men and know stock. The guides we have are never turned loose with our clients until they have worked as a packer or wrangler for a year, so they are familiar with the area and stock, and we are familiar with them. We are a fair chase hunting Outfit (Hunting is Hunting. There are No guarantees). Several factors Increase or Decrease your odds of harvesting the game. On these hunts, you can see anything from a spike to a 7 by 7, Typically taking home a mature 5 point or a large 6 point Bull.
We have two main camps we operate out of:
-High Camp is a 5-hour ride in from the trailhead. We climb from 4800 feet in elevation to 8200 feet and drop down to 7200 feet to our remote camp. Terrain can be steep and rugged. If you are afraid of heights, the ride-in may scare you! We hunt from this camp from August 30th to September 30th. The camp sits in Unit 25 but is right on the border of 20A. This camp is awesome for its remoteness and No pressure from other hunters.
-Fritzer Camp is a 3-hour ride in from the trailhead. We ride along a river trail down to camp. The river trail can be scary, narrow rocky, and steep ( Hunters can walk if they choose as it is fairly level in elevation to camp ). We hunt from this camp from October 15th to November 18th. The camp sits at 3400 feet in elevation and is in Unit 25 but sits on the border of Unit 20A. This camp is awesome for our late hunts as it is in the Elk and Deer winter range with excellent glassing right from camp!
Our Archery season is August 30th to September 30th in Unit 25. Our Archery Elk hunts can be great in this location as it is a remote camp with No outside pressure. However, some years it can still be very warm in the first part of Archery season, and the elk don’t move around as much, which can make the hunt difficult, especially for the Mule Deer in the early season. On these hunts, we typically leave camp on foot as were usually right in the elk; other days, if we need to travel further, we take you out or pick you up with the horses.
Our rifle season begins September 15th through September 30th in Unit 20A. These hunts are also done from our High Camp. These hunts can be great because they are during the middle of the elk rutting season, providing you with the opportunity to both hear the hair-raising sound of the mature elk bugle and harvest a trophy bull. We typically leave camp on horseback on these hunts right before daylight and work our way up to 20A and spend the day hiking, Calling, and glassing.
Our Midseason Rifle hunts are done from our lower camp from October 15th through October 31st in Unit 25. These hunts can be awesome as the game starts to migrate down for the winter and are moving around more due to the weather. These hunts are a good opportunity to get both an Elk and Mule Deer! On these hunts, we usually glass from camp in the Mornings right at daylight as it is not unusual to spot games right from camp!
Our Late-season hunts are done from our lower camp from November 1st through November 18th in Unit 20 A. These hunts are usually abundant with the game as we hunt in the middle of the Elk and Deer winter Range, although some years we don’t have the weather we need to get the game down out of the high country. You will leave camp on horseback on these hunts every morning to cross the river (It is a long shallow crossing) to get to Unit 20 A, where you will be hunting. This hunt can be great for finding the BIG guys as they come down for the winter!
We encourage all of our hunters to purchase a Wolf tag as they make a BIG impact on our Elk and Mule Deer herds!!!
Guided Rates For Elk and Mule
Archery 1 On 1 Hunt $6000.00
Archery 2 On 1 Hunt $5500.00 Per Man
Riffle Hunt 1 On 1 Hunt $7200.00
Riffle Hunt 2 On 1 Hunt $6000.00 Per Man
Non-Hunter Fee: $200.00 Per Day Per Person
Price Does NOT Include Tags, License, 3% Federal Use Fee, or 6% Idaho Sales Tax Or Rental Vehicles.
Non Resident Prices –
Non Resident License: $185.00
IDFG Depredation Fee $10.00
Controlled Hunt Application $14.75
Archery Permit $20.00
Hunts & Tags Available: * Note Dates are listed as the Hunts we have Available*
Archery, Elk, Any Elk, Unit 25 McCall Zone, A Tag – August 30th through September 30th – High Camp
Riffle, Elk, Antlered Only, Unit 20A Middle Fork Zone, B Tag – September 15 through September 30th – High Camp
Riffle, Elk, Antlered Only, Unit 25 McCall Zone, B Tag – October 15th through November 1st – Lower Camp
Riffle, Elk, Antlered Only, Unit 20A Middle Fork Zone, B Tag – November 1st through November 18th – Lower Camp
Archery, Mule Deer, Any Deer, Unit 25 McCall Zone, Regular Deer – August 30th through September 30th – High Camp * Archery Deer Can be Hard Due to the Warm Weather!
Riffle, Mule Deer, Antlered, Unit 20A Middle Fork Zone, Regular Deer – September 15th through September 30th – High Camp
Riffle, Mule Deer, Antlered, Unit 25 McCall Zone, Regular Deer – October 15th through October 31st – Lower Camp
Riffle, Mule Deer, Antlered Only, Unit 20A Middle Fork Zone, Controlled Hunt 1011 * Unlimited * Must be in for the draw by June 5th* – November 1st through November 18th – Lower Camp.
Wolf, Unit 25 McCall Zone, August 30th through April 30th / Unit 20A Middle Fork Zone August 30th through June 30th
Bear, Unit 25 McCall Zone, August 30th through October 31tst / Unit 20A Middle Fork Zone, August 30th through November 30th * Females with young are protected!
Trip Cancellation Insurance from your local Insurance provider is recommended! Initial Deposit is Nonrefundable. If an unforeseen event happens, a trip can be rolled over to the next year.
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