Bowhunting for Elk in Idaho

Bowhunting elk in Idaho during the rut is just plain fun!

Bowhunting for elk in IdahoWhile bowhunting elk with this Idaho outfitter, you can expect to see huge herds and a large number of bulls every day. » BOOK YOUR HUNT!

Depending on your physical condition, they can offer private land hunts with high elk numbers and easy terrain, wall tent pack in hunts with moderate to steep terrain, or for the hardcore bow hunter, a remote, hunt off your back with horse pack-out support. Hunters can expect unpressured bulls in moderate to steep terrain.

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What you should expect on this Idaho elk hunt

Scouting for ElkThe private land archery elk hunts take in 3,500 plus acres of river-bottom ground. These are 100% fair chase, low fence, resident elk, but the terrain is mild and shot opportunity will be high.

These hunts are conducted out of a Bed and Breakfast about a 30 minute drive from the hunting area, or a bunk house/wall tent in the heart of the hunting area. The mornings will start off with driving to and glassing from higher elevations to locate a particular bull and coming up with a plan to stalk or a location to intercept a traveling herd. Bulls up to 330″ have been harvested on these ranches.


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Pack-in hunts will all be done on horse, mule or horse and mule with the rides ranging from 1 to 4 hours. All of the stock are well trained and experienced backcountry animals. Once at camp, accommodations will be very comfortable, large wall tents (cook tent, hunter tent, guide tent, and tack tent), cots complete with foam pads, lanterns, wood stoves, table wear, first aid kit, applicable safety equipment and more. Camp sizes will range in size from 1 hunter to a maximum of 4 hunters.

Your morning will start off with breakfast while guides/wranglers catch and saddle horses for the morning ride. The rides in the morning will vary in length and difficulty depending on where the elk are holding. Calling with set-ups, spot and stalk, and ambushes at water holes and wallows will be the primary methods of hunting.

Lunches will be packed every day. We prefer to spend the entire day trying to locate your dream bull. Bulls on these hunts will be range from 260″ to 320″ with good potential of seeing a 360″ plus bull.

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Our team of guides are all very experienced, resourceful and adaptable. We all abide by the “whatever it takes” attitude and make sure your hunt is not only a successful one, but you leave already planning your next adventure with us.”

For the hard core, hunt off your back, in shape hunter, they can customize this very thing. All of our guides are in good shape and love these 1×1 style hunts. Horse support will be available to access our most remote areas and its afoot from there. The areas you will be hunting have only seen a small amount of human pressure due to the lack of access and ruggedness of terrain. Elevations will be ranging from 8,000 to 10,000 ft. If you are willing to put the miles in, this may be the hunt you kill your public land, fair chase, “true giant”. Your tent, sleeping bag, food, clothing and miscellaneous items will be carried between you and your guide in backpacks. You will camp on high ridges so you can start glassing at first light. If, and when a bull is harvested, contact will be made to a packer via satellite phone and you will await your pack out. You will see elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. This hunt is a true adventure.

Idaho Archery Elk Hunt

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Opportunity Rates and Trophy Quality
mule deerBulls have been taken in this area that score 350″+, but 250-320″ is a more realistic expectation. The success rate is high (75-90%) because of their private land “back-up” if hunting is tough in the wilderness area.

You can expect shots anywhere from 15 to 65 yards depending on your hunting method, terrain, area (thick forest, over a wallow, or open sage brush flats). Idaho DOES NOT allow any electronic equipment attached to your bow (lighted sights, luminoc, etc) or the use of mechanical broad heads.

Combo Opportunities
We highly suggest you get a mule deer tag too while you are bowhunting elk in Idaho.

Idaho’s Archery Elk Hunting Season

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A nice Idaho archery elk
Bowhunting elk in Idaho takes place in September, but there is also a controlled “draw” bull hunt during October. Your September tag is also good for an any weapon, spike bull hunt in November if you aren’t successful during the bowhunt. *not included in the price of this hunt.

Elk hunting license and tag
This archery elk tag is available over the counter and you can purchase your Idaho hunting license here.

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Travel, Food, and Lodging information for this hunt

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Flights can be purchased into Missoula MT, Idaho Falls ID or Sun Valley ID, which are all within a 3 hour drive to the Bed and Breakfast or ranch. Boise, ID is a 3.5 hour drive. Pick up arrangements to and from the airport can be arranged at an additional cost with prior notice.


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There are a few options for this hunt. Depending on the area you hunt (private land or Wilderness) you may be hunting from a wall tent, cabin or Bed and Breakfast.

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Archery hunters who get back from bowhunting elk with this outfitter often say they need to go on another vacation because their nerves are shot from all of the excitement.”

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