Classic archery elk hunting where calling is the focus.
They also use ambush style hunting as the country can be fairly open and because of pre-scouting they can often set up on predictable movement of the elk. If the rut turns off or it gets hot, they also use tree stands over wallows to increase your odds.
This terrain has some difficult areas, but is relatively mild by Rocky Mountain Standards. The better shape you are in the better the more you will enjoy archery elk hunting.” ~Justin Sparks
What you should expect when archery elk hunting in Idaho
Access into the hunting area for this Idaho archery elk hunting Outfitter is by horseback. It is a full on pack-in hunt where you and your party go in deep and stay in for the duration.
A typical hunt day starts around 4 am with breakfast while guides catch and saddle horses. With a short 45 min to 1 hour horse ride, you will arrive in the hunting area just before daylight to start putting out some bugles to locate the bull we want to go after. They utilize horses as much as possible but will have some hiking to do along the way.
You will take your lunches with you so we can spend all day on the mountain chasing elk. If temps get to warm and you can’t get elk to respond, they have some great water holes with tree stands to hunt through the heat of the day. If a hunter would rather, you can also get a nap under a tree and wait for the bulls to fire up again.
After the evening hunt, return back to camp to a great home cooked meal and enjoy some stories around the camp fire.
Success Rates and Trophy Quality
Opportunity rates for our hunters on this hunt are at close to 90%, which is amazing. Success rates for this Idaho archery elk hunting outfitter is 40%, which is pretty good for an archery hunt. Average bulls will be in the 260-330 in range.
* A Few Rifle Hunts are also available in both Idaho and Wyoming
This outfitter also has a few rifle elk hunts available every year, both in Wyoming and Idaho. On the Wyoming hunt, you need to draw a tag, and in Idaho, he offers just a few tags each year. Contact us for more details on how to rifle hunt with this outfitter.
You should combo your Idaho elk hunt with mule deer.
The mule deer hunting in this area can be very good as well. We suggest you purchase a mule deer tag, just in case. This can be a combo elk/mule deer hunt for just $500 additional cost (other than the deer tag).
Idaho archery elk hunting season and license information
Idaho Archery Elk Hunting Season
This hunt takes place in September. The weather is usually fairly mild.
License and Tags:
Tags and licenses are available over the counter.
Travel, Food, and Lodging information for this hunt
Airport pick up is available from Jackson Hole Wyoming, or Idaho Falls Idaho. Both airports are within a two hour drive from trail head.
If you are elk hunting in Wyoming, lodging is typically at the Outfitters’ log home which is located in Wyoming one mile from the Idaho border. All hunters have private bedrooms and bath.
For the wilderness hunts, you will arrive at the lodge and travel to a remote camp. Accommodations on the remote wilderness hunt are wall tents with wood stoves and cots. Generated is power is available in each tent for two to three hours daily. Hot showers and outhouses are also on site.
- Hunt Report | Chris Matson Idaho Elk Hunt - A long tough week that was very challenging yet very rewarding. I could not have scripted the trio any better. The Outfitter is very organized and knowledgeable. I highly recommend them for any type of hunt they offer.
- Hunt Report | Tough Conditions for Wyoming Elk - Good outfitter and guides. Tough weather conditions limited the opportunities.
- Hunt Report: Idaho Elk Hunt -
HUNT REPORT: Idaho Elk Hunt
Had a awesome hunt, both had chances at elk. The horse riding was a little too much every day. The weather was also a little too warm. [Read more...]
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Idaho Archery Elk Hunt
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