Raymond Thomas, Idaho Wilderness Mule Deer Hunt Report
This was a once in a lifetime hunt for me and all my expectations were met or exceeded. I would recommend this hunt to anyone.
I went on this mule deer hunt with two of my sons. I chose it for the remote location (Frank Church Wilderness Area is largest in lower 48 states) and for the promise of a serious mountain hunt. The country is beautiful. Even though I rated the hunt difficult, the outfitter will match hunting terrain to the physical abilities of the hunter, so hunt will be physically challenging for all hunters. Access to the hunting area was by taxi flight (from Challis, Idaho), then 4 or 5 miles and 3,500 ft. elevation by horse and mule to base camp. All gear and people were packed in (and out).
This is game rich country. Must have seen 200 or more mule deer plus a set of wolf tracks. Saw numerous bucks every day. My sons and I took deer that we were plenty proud of. There were five hunters in our camp. The largest deer taken was taped at 180″ and was a beautiful and symmetrical head. All five of us hunters were delighted with the deer we took.
The outfitter and his team worked very hard for us the entire week. Food was great and cook tent time was always laid back and entertaining. Hunts were spot and stalk, either walking or riding. Plenty of challenge there. This was a once in a lifetime hunt for me and all my expectations were met or exceeded. I would recommend this hunt to anyone interested in a real backcountry hunt. It would help if outfitter could arrange care of capes and antlers. As it is, hunters who arrive by commercial air should schedule at least one day after the hunt to get trophy care straight.