Hunter: Raymond Thomas
Date: November, 2015
Trip Taken: Frank Church Wilderness Mule Deer Hunting
Outfitter: Outdoors International
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 Idaho 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 Idaho wilderness backcountry 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 four or five miles and 3,500 feet in 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 adventure. 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.
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My hunt was absolutely top notch.
The outfitter is a fantastic man and incredibly hard working and knowledgeable, there is no doubt he will do everything within his power to make peoples hunts successful and enjoyable. I plan to do it again with him next year for sure.
Our hunt was excellent.
We saw bucks every day along with all other sorts of wildlife. Mountain goats, bears, and foxes were common sights. Fishing and crabbing was special bonus. The food was excellent, the crew was amazing. Outdoors International did a great job of finding exactly what we were looking for.
What an amazing experience!
The hunting lodge was out of this world!, Rooms, food and the scenery were all A+. Our guide was exceptional and had us on Shiras moose all five days. We saw over 30 total with at least 10 bulls. They had a plan for everything including taxidermy and game processing.