A Traditional, Wilderness Elk Hunt in Idaho
We can guarantee that you will see game on this hunt… and most likely you will get a shot at a bull.
This is a great traditional, wilderness elk hunt with plenty of game and very few people. Success rates are high on 5-6 point bulls. If being off the grid in search of one of North America’s most exciting game animals is something that interests you this elk hunt would be a good option for you.
Idaho Wilderness Elk Hunts
As we mentioned above, this is a traditional wilderness hunt. There are no roads, no cars, no power lines. This hunt takes place on nearly 300 square miles in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The land that Lewis and Clark had to go around.
A true “Mountain Man” experience and the hunt of a lifetime in the beautiful mountains, valleys and ridges of Idaho. It is one of the few places left where you can leave civilization behind. You will be asked to do just that and to leave all electronics and communication devices at home. Your camera and flashlight are the only exceptions. You will need to agree to the outfitter’s Wilderness Ethics Agreement.
You can Hunt the Elk Rut in September, or Combo with Mule Deer in the Late Season
On these Idaho wilderness elk hunts, your over-the-counter tags can be used anytime between mid-September and mid-November. September through early October is a cool time to hunt elk. This is one of the rare areas where you can hunt elk during the rut with your rifle and have a decent chance at a mule deer. Later in the season, the mule deer hunting gets better, so it also makes for a fun combo hunt.
Lots of Wild Game!
We can guarantee that you will see game on this hunt…from bighorn sheep to possibly even a mountain lion, and most likely you will get a shot at a bull. As you can see from the pictures, this outfitter takes some nice 300″+ bulls every year.
- Hunts are on a 7-day schedule with 5 full days of hunting.
- Harvesting 5 and 6-point bulls ranging from 200-300-inches, and often 300+
- This is a traditional “mountain man” style, horseback elk hunt.
- Tags are over the counter!
- This is not a long-range shooting affair. Classic locate and stalk hunting, expect shots of 300 yds or less.
- Tent camp with sleep tents (two hunters in each), and “kitchen” tent.
- All meals
- Field dressing and pack-out
- Professional caping if the animal is to be mounted
- Combo with black bear, wolf, or mountain lion at no additional cost. You just need to get the appropriate tags prior to your hunt.
- Assistance with the booking of flights into the backcountry airstrip.
- Assistance with tag application process (if needed).
*Prices subject to change without notice, so lock your price in with a deposit asap.
Lodging and Accommodations
This is a true blue wilderness hunt. You will be staying in very comfortable wall tents with wood stoves. There are two hunters to one tent so there will be plenty of space. In order to save you time, many days will be spent out of what we call spike camps, or camps away from the main camp.
Everyday is started with a hearty breakfast! All meals are provided as there is a cook in camp that will make all the meals.
Typical Daily Schedule
You will be up in the dark, hunting at daylight, locating game via glassing, bugling, tracking. The elk dictate the rest—it’s an adventure!
This outfitters guides are dedicated to providing the best of service for you! You can expect either 1×1 or 2×1 style guiding depending on which one you choose. Most of the trip will be done on horse back and foot. There is no requirements of prior horseback riding for this hunt. Your guide will also take care of your trophy so you won’t need to! If desired they will even cape your animal professionally for your mount! All guides are first aid trained, your safety is their number one concern. If you ask anyone about their experience with this outfitter they will say their guide was one of the most memorable parts of their trip!
If you plan to fly commercially to Idaho, we recommend that you arrive in Salt Lake, Utah. You will arrive in Salt Lake and then drive a rental to either Challis or McCall for your flights into camp. You will be met by the outfitter at a wilderness airstrip with horses and mules to pack you into camp.
*There are services available to assist in these arrangements, and the outfitter is available to discuss options on a case-by-case basis.
- Salmon Air Taxi – (208) 756-6211
- Middle Fork Aviation – (208) 879-5728
- Practical Rent-A-Car – (800) 437-7136
- The larger car rental companies are also available from the Boise airport.
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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.