Classic Archery Elk Hunting in Idaho where Calling in Bugling Bulls is the Focus
This hunt is a classic archery hunt.
Usually you will be hunting the “run and gun” style where you will be covering country and calling to bulls, but they also use ambush style hunting as the country can be fairly open. 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 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.
- 260-300 with bulls north of 300 harvested
- 90% opportunity and 40% success rate, which is amazing for an archery elk hunt
- Over the counter tags
- This is a “run and gun” calling, spot and stalk hunt
- 5 day 2×1 hunt (1×1 available for an additional fee)
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.
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.” ~Marc Warnke
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.
You should consider combining your 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).
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.
The guides are committed to making this an enjoyable hunt. I really had a good time.
Guiding is 2×1, unless you opt for the 1×1 option (which we recommend), and they are mostly Wyoming natives who have grown up hunting fishing and trapping. They have years of time in these mountains and are experienced horsemen.
Your guide will pick you up at the lodge with the horses in the morning, guide you on your hunt, and at the end of the day, they will drop you back off at the lodge for dinner.
Food and Lodging
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.