Idaho Elk & Mule Deer Hunts - Rifle
Idaho Elk & Mule Deer Rifle Hunt
Our Elk and Mule Deer hunts are done from our Backcountry camps in Idaho’s West Central Mountains. The hunts are 7 days with 5 full days of hunting, and Our camps consist of wall tents, wood stoves, cots, foams, and lanterns with 3 meals a day and plenty of firewood. These hunts are NOT for the faint of heart. Idaho's Backcountry is Rugged! We leave from Yellow Pine, Idaho. From there, our camps are 3 to 5 hours in on horseback. All of our stock is experienced mountain horses and sure-footed. We recommend our hunters to be in good physical shape, and the terrain can be steep and rugged. Typically we use the horses to get us up the hills or take us long distances to locate game if needed, but we have clients walk downhill as it saves on our horse’s front ends.
We are not about Quantity; we are about quality. We limit each hunt to No more than 4 hunters in camp per hunt. All of our guides are experienced hunters and back-country men and know stock. The guides we have are never turned loose with our clients until they have worked as a packer or wrangler for a year, so they are familiar with the area and stock, and we are familiar with them. We are a fair chase hunting Outfit (Hunting is Hunting. There are No guarantees). Several factors Increase or Decrease your odds of harvesting the game. On these hunts, you can see anything from a spike to a 7 by 7, Typically taking home a mature 5 point or a large 6 point Bull.
We have two main camps we operate out of:
High Camp is a 5-hour ride in from the trailhead. We climb from 4800 feet in elevation to 8200 feet and drop down to 7200 feet to our remote camp. Terrain can be steep and rugged. If you are afraid of heights, the ride-in may scare you! We hunt from this camp from August 30th to September 30th. The camp sits in Unit 25 but is right on the border of 20A. This camp is awesome for its remoteness and No pressure from other hunters.
Fritzer Camp is a 3-hour ride in from the trailhead. We ride along a river trail down to camp. The river trail can be scary, narrow rocky, and steep ( Hunters can walk if they choose as it is fairly level in elevation to camp ). We hunt from this camp from October 15th to November 18th. The camp sits at 3400 feet in elevation and is in Unit 25 but sits on the border of Unit 20A. This camp is awesome for our late hunts as it is in the Elk and Deer winter range with excellent glassing right from camp!
Our rifle season begins September 15th through September 30th in Unit 20A. These hunts are also done from our High Camp. These hunts can be great because they are during the middle of the elk rutting season, providing you with the opportunity to both hear the hair-raising sound of the mature elk bugle and harvest a trophy bull. We typically leave camp on horseback on these hunts right before daylight and work our way up to 20A and spend the day hiking, Calling, and glassing.
Our Midseason Rifle hunts are done from our lower camp from October 15th through October 31st in Unit 25. These hunts can be awesome as the game starts to migrate down for the winter and are moving around more due to the weather. These hunts are a good opportunity to get both an Elk and Mule Deer! On these hunts, we usually glass from camp in the Mornings right at daylight as it is not unusual to spot games right from camp!
Our Late-season hunts are done from our lower camp from November 1st through November 18th in Unit 20 A. These hunts are usually abundant with the game as we hunt in the middle of the Elk and Deer winter Range, although some years we don’t have the weather we need to get the game down out of the high country. You will leave camp on horseback on these hunts every morning to cross the river (It is a long shallow crossing) to get to Unit 20 A, where you will be hunting. This hunt can be great for finding the BIG guys as they come down for the winter!
We encourage all of our hunters to purchase a Wolf tag as they make a BIG impact on our Elk and Mule Deer herds!!!
Price is per person for 2x1 Hunt. 7-Day Trip/ 5 Full Days of Hunting. Make it a 1x1 Guided hunt for an additional fee. Add non-hunter for a reduced Fee.
Idaho Sales Tax
Fed Use Fee
Idaho Outfitter Located out of Yellow Pine Idaho, In Idaho's West Central Mountains. We Offer Guided Elk, Mule Deer, Mountain Lion, Black Bear, & Wolf Hunts, along with Trail Rides, Summer Pack Trips, and a all hands on Guide/Packer/ Horsemanship School.
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You can also pay a 50% deposit now and a final payment before your trip.
$2082.30 Per Person
$2398.00 Per Item
Idaho Sales Tax
$429.00 Per Item
Fed Use Fee
$214.50 Per Item
$7150.00 Per Person Per Experience
Please note that there is a 50% non-refundable deposit included with your booking fee. In case of cancellation, and in accordance with the Host's cancellation policy, the remaining 50% may be returned to you or applied towards rescheduling a future trip.
- Experienced Local Guide
- Riding, Hiking & Glassing
- Chance to Harvest a Wolf
- Backcountry Camp
- Weather Appropriate Hunting Attire
- Valid Hunting License/Tag
- Personal Hunting Gear
Rules & Guidelines
Some common questions:
Q) What is the closest major airport?
A) Boise Idaho, about 154 miles / 4h 50m from Our base in Yellow Pine Idaho
Q) What is the closest town from Yellow Pine?
A) Cascade Idaho ( also last place for cell phone reception ) approximately 71 miles and 3h
Q) Is there lodging available in Yellow Pine?
A) Yes , call ahead of time and make reservations in case there is No vacancy – Alpine Village 208-697-7343
Q) Where is the closest lodging if nothing is available in Yellow Pine?
A) Warm lake lodge Or North shore Lodge, approximately 48 miles from Yellow Pine Idaho
Q) Where is the closest meat processor?
A) Several around the Boise area that will ship the meat
Q) Do you have a recommend taxidermist?
A) Hunters Choice Taxidermy 208-697-4950