Wilderness Idaho Mule Deer Rut Hunt

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Hunting Trip Category: Mule Deer

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  • This wilderness hunt takes place in the heart of the mule deer rut during the migration out of the high country. You will be amazed at the number of deer you will see each day on this very special hunt. On a normal year, it’s not uncommon on this hunt to see 20-50 bucks a day! During the course of your hunt you should see a number of bucks that will go over 160″ or so. We’ve never been on this hunt and not seen a HUGE buck or two during the course of a week.

    Unmatched landscapes, pack in on horseback, camping out, spot-and-stalk hunting during the mule deer rut, experienced guides, outstanding meals and much more. It’s the whole nine yards.  There is a very reasonable possibility that you could take the muley buck of your life on this hunt.

    • This is a classic wilderness fly-in, horseback, spot-and-stalk mule deer hunt. Most hunters will fly or drive to Challis, Idaho where they will take a backcountry flight into a private air strip in the wilderness. The Outfitter will pick you up at the strip with horses and a string of mules and pack you into camp. Hunting will be on foot and on horseback.
    • Late October through November 18 during the rut.
    • Opportunity Rate is 95%
    • Success Rate is 85%
    • Most bucks will be mature 4-points

    The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
    No fences, no fancy lodges, no travel by SUV or ATV, nor are there any crowds or cell phones. This is a true mountain man experience and the hunt of a lifetime in an area that spans 340+/- square miles. This country is rich in history and free roaming, non-pressured mule deer abound.

  • Outfitter: Idaho Wilderness Company
    • October
    • November
    Hunt Features:
    • Free range
    • Spot-and-stalk
    • Average to good trophy quality
    • Physically difficult
    • Horseback hunt
    • Near 100% success
    • Wilderness hunt
    Accommodations: Tent Camp
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    3 Reviews on “Wilderness Idaho Mule Deer Rut Hunt”

    1. Marty Cantler Wilderness Idaho Mule Deer Rut Hunt
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      We hunted Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and saw many deer, elk and even some bighorn sheep which were only 60 yards away. We were looking for the biggest buck we could find, and saw some good ones, but none that we wanted to shoot. On Thursday Chris and his Guide Dan were out and when they came back to camp for lunch told the outfitter and I about a nice buck they had seen that morning. We decided to all go back and see if we could find him. It was about 45 minutes from camp and when we glassed, we soon found him 250 yards straight down the mountain. I decided I wanted him and took my shot, he was still moving so I shot again to be sure and that was it. I already got the mount back for Christmas and he looks awesome on the wall!

    2. Ben Tibbits Wilderness Idaho Mule Deer Rut Hunt
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      We hunted mule deer back in October and it was definitely the trip of a lifetime in my opinion. Everything was top notch the entire way, just being honest I’ve never been on a mule deer hunt that was “slow”, “tuff” whatever you want to call it and been 100% no regrets and satisfied after coming out, but this one was another level.
      Basically the numbers were just off this year due to several factors out of any ones control, and we drew the straw for that year. You always hear people saying shooting something when you go hunting is icing on the cake, when I go hunting just being honest here again, shooting what I go after is the cake, the rest is just icing.
      The guides put on a hunt though that had I not killed a thing I would have been more than satisfied. Nothing was ever missing or short cut from the camp to the equipment and guides, someone ask me after we came out about our guide, Adam and how confident I was in him while we were in the backcountry. My exact response to them was ‘I would walk off in hell with him and expect to come out the other side.’

    3. Gary Ball Wilderness Idaho Mule Deer Rut Hunt
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      The outfitter and all the guide’s – personnel were 110% courteous, appreciative and well mannered. He runs a tight ship and you set us up with a guy and place that showed us lots of Bucks.

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