Idaho Wilderness Elk Hunt in the Frank Church

You won’t see many other hunters on this hunt…. it’s remote.

Idaho Wilderness Elk HuntFly into a back-country airstrip where you will be picked up by the Outfitter on horseback. From there you will ride into base camp to begin your wilderness elk/mule deer combo hunt.

Be prepared to see all types of game on this hunt. It is an incredible experience with the potential for trophy elk and mule deer. This outfitter does an amazing job of running a camp that is this remote. Get more information »

What we offer is a true mountain man experience and the hunt of a lifetime in beautiful mountains, valleys and ridges of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. No roads, no cars, no power lines in an area that spans 280+/- square miles.

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What to expect on this Idaho Wilderness elk hunt

Elk Hunting in the Frank Church WildernessHunting Season
These over-the-counter elk tags can be used anytime between mid-September and mid-November. September through early October is cool because you can hunt 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.

Hunting Method
Glassing, spot-and-stalk and calling depending on the season. On a typical day, you will get up and eat a good, hot breakfast while glassing for game right from camp. Then you will ride out with your guide (usually two hunters per guide) and spend the day elk hunting. The guides will adapt the hunt to your needs.

*Sometimes hunters will “spike out” from the main camp to reduce travel and access areas that get lower hunting pressure.

Success Rates and Trophy Quality
We can guarantee that you will see game on this hunt… and most likely you will get a shot. As you can see from the pictures above, this outfitter takes some nice 300″+ bulls every year.

Travel, food and lodging for this hunt

Frank Church WildernessTravel
Most hunters arrive in Boise, Idaho and catch a back-country flight into the Wilderness where the Outfitter will pick them up with horses. You can also fly in from McCall or Challis, Idaho. The Outfitter will help you make all of your arrangements with your flights.


(208) 867-6675

Camps are comfortable wall tents with wood stoves, (two hunters per tent). There is one large cook tent and a guide tent. Because this is a wilderness area, far from any roads, elk and deer can be spotted right out of camp.

Camp 9

Hunt Reports

  • Idaho Sheep Hunting Outfitter Report
    Our Idaho sheep hunting outfitter went 3 for 4 on nice rams in Idaho's Frank Church Wilderness hunting unit 26. This Idaho sheep hunting unit is one of the easiest in the nation to draw.
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Custom gear list for a wilderness elk hunt in Idaho

  • 1 Medium Frameless Daypack, 20” tall, 16” wide with strap to hold your coat when not being worn
  • 1 Pair Hunting Boots (broken in)
  • 1 Pair Wet Weather Boots (snow packs) or 2nd pair of hunting boots
  • 1 Pair Tennis Shoes/Camp Shoes
  • 6 Pair Good Socks
  • 2 Pair Gloves
  • 2 Pair Pants (we highly recommend at least one pair of unlined polar fleece pants)
  • 2 Pair Thermal Underwear (light weight)
  • 1 Set Quality Rain Gear (lightweight pant, jacket w/hood)
  • Personal Care Items *please include Ibruprofen
  • 1 Pair Quality Binoculars, not large or cumbersome
  • 1 Pair of Safety Glasses or Goggles (for night riding, to protect yourself from brush, branches
  • 1 Water bottle, 1 quart size, durable with a wide mouth
  • 1 Camera (plenty of film & batteries)
  • 1 Single Bedsheet (used to cover your sleeping foam pad – which we provide)
  • 1 Coat Hangers (Optional)
  • 1 Small Flashlight (extra batteries & bulb)
  • 1 Belt
  • 1 Hunting Knife
  • 1 Warm Hat
  • 2 Heavy Shirts (We do not recommend pull overs or turtle necks. You will want to be able to open up and air out when you are on the go.)
  • 1 Light Shirt
  • 1 Light Jacket Wool or Polar Fleece
  • 1 Warm Coat
  • Several lighters and some compact reliable fire starter. Lighters ca no longer be flown any where on commercial airlines. They will have to be purchased in Idaho.
  • 1 Sighted in Rifle (approximately 3 inches high at 100 yards)w/Sling, w/Scope & Scope Covers (we provide rifle scabbard)
  • 2 Boxes Ammo
  • 1 Sleeping Bag (small stuffable type good to 0*)
  • 1 Frame Backpack and light sleeping pad, if you are scheduled for a backpack elk hunt

  • Layering your clothing is very important. However you can go overboard. You want to be dressed to travel on foot, then a coat or jacket to keep you warm while sitting or riding, then rain gear if necessary. If you bring a heavy coat be prepared to leave it at camp or on your horse as it will be too warm while walking. You should also bring moleskin, molefoam, and medical tape (foot repair kit).


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