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Hunting Trip Category: Elk
High Densities of Good Quality Idaho Elk in Diverse Terrain
Join up with expert guides, quality mountain stock and the best gear for 3-6 days of elk hunting in outstanding Idaho elk units. You’ll have a variety of hunting styles available: from a private land base camp out of a bed and breakfast to backcountry wall tent camps packed in on horseback to off your back bivy camps. You can expect to see huge herds and a large number of bulls every day. Bulls have been taken in these areas 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 areas.
A Variety of Different Options for Elk Hunts
Depending on your physical condition, you can hunt private land with high elk numbers and relatively easy terrain, pack in to wall tent camps with moderate to steep terrain, or for the hardcore hunter, a remote, hunt off your back trip with horse pack-out support.
The private land based camp.
This hunt has a mild terrain among river bottoms with high shot opportunities. You can stay at a Bed and Breakfast about a 30 minute drive from the hunting area, or you have the option of a bunk house/wall tent in the heart of the hunting area. The mornings will start off 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.
Backcountry wall tent camps.
These pack-in hunts will start out on horseback with a ride in 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, tableware, first aid kit, applicable safety equipment and more. Camp sizes will range in size from 1 hunter to a maximum of 4 hunters.
Mornings 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. Untampered and untamed, this is nature at its core; be sure to prepare for the physical challenge of steep, rugged terrain on this hunt.
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.
Mountain man style hunt.
This is an experience of the truest form of hunting. You and your guide will pack in all the supplies you need to enter the wilderness, cover steep country and set up mini camps in your search for high mountain backcountry game. The areas you will be hunting have only seen a small amount of human pressure due to the lack of access and rugged terrain. This 5 day hunt will have you camping on high ridges so you can start glassing at first light. All of your guides will be in very good shape and love these 1×1 off-your-back style hunts.
Elevations range from 8,000 to 10,000 ft. Horse support will be available to pack out harvested animals.
You will see elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. This hunt is a true adventure.
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.
We highly suggest you get a mule deer tag while you are elk hunting in Idaho and there are also opportunities at pronghorn, bear and/or wolf.
- Idaho’s rifle bull elk hunts run from the beginning to the end of October.
- Cow elk rifle hunts begin early in November and run most of the month.
- Youth only, antlerless only private land hunt is from the beginning of October through most of November.
- Spike only camp is the 1st week of November.
- There is a depredation hunt near cultivated fields all through August and September.
- 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.
Flights can be purchased into Missoula MT, Idaho Falls ID or Sun Valley ID, which are all within a 3 hour drive of the Bed and Breakfast or ranch. Boise, ID is a 3.5 hour drive. Airport pickup and dropoff can be arranged at an additional cost with prior notice.
Outfitter: Horse Creek OutfittersWeapon: RifleSeason:
- Free range
- Average to good trophy quality
- Physically difficult
- Horseback hunt
- Wilderness hunt
- Tent Camp