Selway Bitterroot Wilderness Area

Curtis Mangus: Idaho Selway Wilderness Elk Hunt Report

TRIP TAKEN: Idaho, Selway Wilderness Elk Hunt
CONSULTANT: Russ Meyer, Outdoors International
DATE: November 3, 2023

This was a true wilderness hunt.

It is physically demanding, and you must be in good physical condition, and have done your homework. If you are not prepared for a physically demanding hunt, using horses, walking 6-8 miles a day, and living in a wall tent for a week, you need to find an easier hunt. I am 63 years old and did just fine.

I have been hunting elk for 50 years, and have been in many different hunting camps. This hunt and camp was as represented. This is terrific country for deer and elk, but the success rate is only 20% for elk, and your going to have to work for them. We also had a ton of rain on this hunt, which made the conditions difficult.

I saw a small six point bull I could have killed on the first day, which I passed on. I was on another wilderness hunt earlier and killed a larger six point on that hunt.

I saw 28 deer in one day, and walked nine miles that day. I saw over 10 bucks, and one nice shooter that got away.

Outfitter Evaluation

How would you rate your trip overall?

The outfitter is a younger guide, but has what it takes. He knows the country, knows the stock, and is concerned about the hunters and their success. His camp is well located and maintained. His guides are competent and his stock is good.

I talked to him about better communication before the hunt. He needs to provide his inreach for communication when he is at camp, and make sure someone can return calls within 24 hours. Also his voicemail and email needs to be regularly updated with dates and when they are available.

I have hunted with two previous guides in this area, and will not be returning to hunt with them. I will be booking another hunt with this outfitter, enough said.

How was your guide?

Great. The guides were all experienced, and knew the area, and the game.

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