Steve Zettel, the outfitter has been guiding elk hunters in the same area for over 32 years.
Idaho Wilderness Company, is the outfitting adventure business that we started and have thoroughly relished through these years. The office view is phenomenal. We live in Challis, Idaho. Challis has a population of about one thousand and is located just outside the Frank Church “River Of No Return” Wilderness. The Zettel’s home is located on the Salmon River with migrating salmon & steelhead, elk, whitetail, mule deer and much more right out the back door. Idaho Wilderness Company’s permit area is located in the Frank Church Wilderness. Several of our camps are located in the heart of the mule deer rut and migration area.
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.