Idaho Mule Deer Hunting
Idaho Mule Deer Hunting
Idaho has entered the third most amount of bucks in the B&C record book since 2010.
Idaho has some of the best mule deer genetics anywhere, but for the most part, they manage for large quantities of hunters rather than large quantities of mature bucks. Despite that management plan, they have still managed to enter the third most amount of bucks in the B&C record book since 2010.
Why you should consider mule deer hunting in Idaho:
- Lots of good units with OTC tags. *Outfitter allocated tags can guarantee you a great tag in controlled units without drawing.
- Remote backcountry with little hunting pressure.
- Amazing archery hunting opportunities.
- Rut, and migration hunts in some of the wilderness areas.
- Good combo options for elk, black bear, mountain lion and wolves.
I’ve been on this wilderness mule deer hunt three times, both as a guide and as a hunter. I’ve hunted a lot of places, and this is one of my favorites. LOTS of deer. LOTS of big deer. The rut is in full swing and you will see unpressured bucks right from your tent. An incredible hunt.
Wilderness Mule Deer Hunt in Idaho
A truly awesome wilderness mule deer hunting experience during the migration AND the mule deer rut in the Frank Church Wilderness Area.
This wilderness mule deer hunt takes place in November during the heart of the mule deer rut during the migration out of the high country. You will be amazed at the number of deer you will see each day on this very special hunt. During the course of your hunt you should see a number of bucks that will go over 160″ or so. We’ve never been on this hunt and not seen a HUGE buck or two during the course of a week.
If you’re looking for a traditional, backcountry mule deer hunt, this is the trip for you. Located in the beautiful wilderness of Idaho’s famous Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness this is one of our most sought after mule deer hunts for good reason. Since the Frank Church Wilderness is so remote, hunting pressure on the deer in this area is very low. Not only is it remote, it also takes place in November during the rut AND in a migration corridor! The quantity and quality of bucks is amazing! You’ll see 10 to 20 bucks a day on average. Bucks will average between 150-170″, with some exceeding 200″.
Idaho Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Unmatched landscapes, pack in on horseback, camping out, spot-and-stalk hunting during the mule deer rut, experienced guides, outstanding meals and much more. It’s the whole nine yards. There is a very reasonable possibility that you could take the muley buck of your life on this hunt. No fences, no fancy lodges, no travel by SUV or ATV, nor are there any crowds or cell phones. This is a true mountain man experience and the hunt of a lifetime in an area that spans 340+/- square miles. This country is rich in history and free roaming, non-pressured mule deer abound.
This is a classic wilderness mule deer hunt.
- You will fly-in, hunt on horseback, and spot-and-stalk trophy mule deer. Most hunters will fly or drive to Challis, Idaho where they will take a backcountry flight into a private air strip in the wilderness. The Outfitter will pick you up at the strip with horses and a string of mules and pack you into camp. Hunting will be on foot and on horseback.
- Late October through November 18 during the rut.
- Opportunity Rate is 95%
- Success Rate is 85%
- You’ll be hunting for mature 4 point mule deer bucks. Most bucks will score between 150-170″ with some exceeding 200”.
- Seeing 10 to 20 bucks in a single day is not uncommon.
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Thanks for reaching out to check on me after my hunt. I can’t compliment the outfitter enough. They provided us a fantastic hunt and were able to adjust the hunt to my physical limitations. We rate them A+ and we look forward to going back out with them one day. Moving forward we are scheduled to hunt moose in September and deer in November.
Steep trails and cliff faces left me with some outstanding great memories of this hunt. Twas a true western adventure all the way around.
This was three days of exhausting, exciting, and intense mule deer hunting. Just what the doctor ordered!!! This is hunting at its truest. By foot and horseback. Couldn’t get any better. Thank you Outdoors International!
Thank you Outdoors International for pointing us in the right direction! We are looking forward to going on this hunt again sometime soon.
Want to Thank Russ Meyer for hooking me up on this Utah Hunt. It was Epic. We saw 30 to 40 Bucks a day.
In the five days of archery mule deer hunting in Utah, I had been inside 75 yards of a 150 inch buck at least once every day and inside 25 yards twice. We had seen a lot of very good bucks with a few we estimated over 180 inches. We never saw less than three bucks over 150 inches every day.
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.
We had our minds made up well before the hunt was over that we wanted to come back in 2016, and luckily we were able to book it again. I for one absolutely cant wait for the day we fly back into the Frank Church Wilderness.
Sonora is just what I thought it would be. Bad ass! 250,000 acres of desert mule deer heaven right on the Sea of Cortez, all ours. I don’t pick up a a rifle very often, and I’ve never done the high-rack thing, but when in Rome…. plus it was super fun.