Idaho Backcountry Elk and Mule Deer Hunts
This Idaho hunting outfitter has a little bit for everyone, with a diverse offering of backcountry hunts and seasons.
Our Idaho outfitter offers a wide variety of backcountry big game hunts for both elk and mule deer, ranging from their early season guided hunts; DIY archery drop camps; all the way to their late season combo hunts for elk, mule deer, and wolves!
Not to mention this outfitter is able to offer a rifle elk rut hunt. That’s right, for those not interested in the challenge of trying to harvest the great wapiti with stick and string can still take a crack at Idaho’s backcountry bulls while they’re still bugling!
Remote, backcountry hunts.
- All hunts are 7 days. 5 full hunt days with 2 days for pack in/out.
- Guaranteed tags (when applied for by application deadlines)
- September archery elk hunts.
- October rifle elk hunts during the rut.
- Late season elk, mule deer, wolf combo hunts.
- A few DIY drop camps for archery elk are also available.
- 80% success rate on guided hunts.
- 200-280 inch 5×5’s and 6×6’s, with the occasional 300+ inch bull can be expected.
- Great mule deer bucks have been taken during the late combo hunt.
- Comfortable wall tent camps
We suggest you get in shape for a better experience.
Idaho has earned a reputation for being steep and rugged, these hunts should be taken seriously as any mountain hunt, and can be physically difficult. It would be in your best interest to be in elk shape.
However, our outfitter has still been able to accommodate most hunters as their guides are experts in their crafts and the horses are gentle and well broke.
Typical Daily Schedule
On the guided camps you can expect to wake up early to a hearty camp style breakfast prepared by your camp cook. After breakfast hunters and guides will prepare for departure for the day on horseback or on foot, season and camp location dependent. Be prepared to hike here and there as well as ride the horses to and from hunting areas every day.
Hunting tactics vary across the entire season, as the earliest archery hunt starts at the end of August, and the last hunt going till mid November. Tactics are adjusted accordingly to most effectively harvest intended game.
Guided Hunts Include:
- 1:1 or 2:1 Guiding
- All lodging and meals for the scheduled hunt dates
- Experienced Guides and Staff
- Preparation of Game in the field
Unguided Drop Hunts Include:
- Transportation to and from hunting area of hunters and all gear
- Pack out of any game taken during the hunt (Must get meat & trophy to an area the horses can get to)
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Lodging and Accommodations
All hunts will be conducted from traditional Backcountry Comfortable Wall Tent Camps. Lodging is included by the outfitter during the scheduled hunt dates. Lodging will be based out of town in Yellow Pine, Idaho. Soon to be their Lodge!
All meals are home cooked and well prepared.
All staff at our Idaho Outfitter are experienced Hunters, Guides, & Horsemen! Guided Hunts are conducted as either 1:1 or 2:1 depending on clients preferences. Clients can expect to be well cared for during their hunt by the experienced staff. They know their areas intimately and how to get their clients on animals.
Clients will need to provide their own transportation to Yellow Pine Idaho.
- If you choose to drive they can drive directly to Yellow Pine.
- If you prefer to fly they can fly into Boise Airport (BOI) and rent a vehicle to make the drive (4.5 hours) over to Yellow Pine where you will meet up with the Outfitter.
- After your hunt, you can depart on the final evening, or stay in Yellow Pine overnight and leave the following morning for home.
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Typical Western Hunt
❏ Underwear (1 pair per day)
❏ Base Layer Top and Bottom (2 – 3 pairs per week) *we suggest merino wool
❏ Lightweight Camo Jacket
❏ Windstopper Camo Jacket
❏ Midweight Camo Jacket
❏ Lightweight Camo Vest
❏ Lightweight Camo Shirt (3 – 5 per week) *you can get away with fewer shirts if you wear merino wool.
❏ Lightweight Camo Pants (1-2 pair per week)
❏ Midweight Camo Pants (1 pair per week)
❏ Rain Gear
❏ Blaze Orange (rifle hunts) *check regulations in the state you are hunting
❏ Lightweight Gloves
❏ Midweight Gloves
❏ Camo or Neutral-colored Cap
❏ Camo Stocking Cap or Camo Beanie
❏ Camo Head Net
❏ Elk Decoy (if applicable)
❏ Cow Calls (if applicable)
❏ Bugle and Bugle Tube (if applicable)
❏ Ground Blind
❏ Folding Chair
❏ Bow Holder
❏ Day Pack
❏ Water Bottle
❏ Large Backpack
❏ Wind Direction Indicator
❏ Hunting Knife
❏ Topo Maps or Mobile Mapping Software
❏ inReach GPS
❏ Scent Elimination Spray
❏ Water Bladder (2L)
❏ Fire Starter Kit
❏ Game Bags
❏ Caping Salt
❏ Dry Bag
Buy the highest quality optics that you can afford.
If you’re a backcountry diy hunter, this gear list is accompanied by a podcast with Steve Speck of EXO Mountain Gear is must listen if you want to go on a backcountry, backpack hunt.
Use enough gun. We suggest these calibers: .270 Winchester; 7mm Remington Magnum; .30-06 Springfield; .300 WSM; .300 Winchester Magnum; .300 Weatherby Magnum; 30 Nosler; .338 RCM; or .338 Winchester Magnum. Other options might be: 6.5 Creedmoor; .280 Ackley Improved; or 28 Nosler.
The Outdoors International team shoots Hoyt.
❏ Bow *check regulations in the state you are hunting
❏ Arrows (at least one doz.)
❏ Broadheads *check regulations in the state you are hunting
❏ Release *an extra release is recommended
❏ Soft Bow Case
❏ Hard Bow Case
❏ Lip Balm
❏ Insect Repellant
❏ Moleskin for blisters
❏ Super Glue
❏ Prescription Medication
❏ Duct Tape
❏ Pain Reliever
❏ Extra Glasses and/or Contacts
❏ Quality Polarized Sunglasses
❏ Personal Toiletries
❏ Video Camera and/or GoPro
❏ Extra Batteries for all Electronics
*This is a sample/generic gear list. For more specific details for the time of year you are traveling to, we recommend checking with your outfitter, hunting consultant or your destination’s local Wildlife Management Agency.