Guaranteed Idaho Elk & Mule Deer Hunting

Bearpaw Outfitters - Quality Hunts For Over 30 Years

Idaho elk outfitter and guides offering guided elk hunts, guaranteed elk and deer hunts, trophy hunts, unguided hunts, DIY elk hunting maps, hunting lodge, elk hunting camps, horseback drop camps, and drive-in drop camp hunts for elk and mule deer in Idaho.

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Dale Denney, Elk Hunting

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Idaho Elk and Mule Deer Hunts


Idaho Elk and Mule Deer Hunts

Bearpaw Outfitters offer guaranteed elk & mule deer hunting trips in Idaho and best of all there are over-the-counter elk and mule deer tags available for this hunt with no draw needed.

Elk and deer hunters can also purchase a 2nd elk and 2nd deer tag if the quota doesn't sell out prior to Sept 1, extra tags are available most years. Hunters can apply for a moose permit and hunt moose during the same hunt if drawn. Idaho also allows a deer tag to be used on a cougar if you see one. Bearpaw Outfitters do not charge extra fees for hunting these extra animals.

Bearpaw Outfitters offer guided hunts or unguided hunts  from a cozy bed and breakfast and a comfortable mountain lodge. Unguided drop camps are also offered in numerous proven elk and mule deer hunting camps. Whether you're a serious trophy hunter or just meat hunting for the freezer, these hunts are a great choice.

Elk & Deer Hunt Choices

Type of Hunt    -    Cost Each

Guaranteed Rifle or Bow.....$4750

Guided 5-Day Rifle Hunt…...$3550

Guided 6-Day Archery….....$3250

Semi-Guided Rifle or Bow...$2250

Unguided 5-Day (Lodge).....$1950

Horseback-In Drop Camp...$1950

Guided 4-Day Cow Hunt.....$1950

Drive-In Drop Camp............$1650

DIY Elk Hunt (map only)......$495

(drop camps hunt as long as desired)


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Non-Resident License Fees

Elk Only $571.50   -   Elk & Deer $873.25   -   Youth Elk & Deer $95.25

Trophy Quality

Bearpaw Outfitters have taken up to 350 class bull elk and 215 class trophy mule deer in this area. Trophy animals are not as numerous as in limited-entry areas, but this Idaho area has produced many 6x6+ trophy bull elk and 30"+ trophy mule deer. Remember, in order to kill trophy class animals you have to hunt in areas that produce trophy class animals. If you don't get a tag in a draw state and want to hunt where you can get a license over the counter, this areas has produced some very nice animals.

Hunting Methods

Hunting methods may include glassing & spotting open hillsides, spot & stalk, watching water holes, elk wallows, calling, mountain roads, or still hunting trails and ridges. We regularly guide archery and firearm hunters.

Licenses, Hunter Ed, Hunter Orange

License and Tags for Elk and Mule Deer are available over the counter. Hunter Education is required if born after Jan 1, 1975. Hunter orange is recommended but is not required in Idaho.

Hunting Seasons

The general rifle bull elk and deer season is Oct 15-24. There's also an excellent early rifle bugle elk season open Oct 1-10, apply for those tags in the limited-entry draw. Rifle Cow Elk is open Oct 25 to Nov 15, Muzzleloader cow elk season is open Nov 16 to Dec 31. Archery season for elk and deer is Aug 30 to Sept 30, the last two weeks of September is usually best.

Shot Opportunity & Physical Condition

Shooting opportunity varies from hunt to hunt but the guided rifle hunts usually average from 50% to 80% on deer or elk. Opportunity is usually higher during archery season for elk and for hunters in good physical condition. During many archery seasons we've had 100% opportunity. Rifle shots are usually 100 to 300+ yards so flat shooting calibers are best, sight dead on at 200 yards. Archery shots often range from 10 yards to 60 yards.

Temperature & Weather

Check the current weather forecast with the weather link on the Idaho Home Page before you leave for the hunt.

Guiding Options

Guided Hunt:  Two hunters per guide, meals, lodging, game care, and game retrieval. These economy priced guided hunts are not guaranteed.

Guaranteed Guided Hunt:  Two hunters per guide. Includes guide, meals, lodging, game care, game retrieval, and a 50% refund if no shot opportunity.

Semi-Guided Hunt:  Includes meals, lodging, hunting advice, map, hunt on your own and Bearpaw Outfitters will help you retrieve your game.

Unguided Hunt:  Includes accommodations, hunting advice, and map. Hunt on your own and retrieve your own game.

Drop Camps:  Include a complete drop camp, choice of horseback-in or drive-in, hunting advice, map, you hunt on your own and care for your game, contact outfitter by cell or text after a kill and we'll pack out your game.

Hunting Areas

The hunt area is in F&G Units 73, 74, 75, 77, & 78, an area well over 50 miles across. The mountains are breathtakingly beautiful with most elevations ranging from 6000 to 8500 feet.

Accommodations Include

Lodge:  Enjoy the comforts of indoor living during your hunt, beds, bathrooms, phones, meals in the dining room, all you need is your personal hunting gear. It's only minutes to the hunt area, guides transport the guided hunters, unguided hunters will need 4x4 transportation.

Base Tent Camp:  Camp is accessed by auto, usually 4 to 10 hunters in camp. Includes tents, camp gear, cots, portable toilet, kitchen area, water, meals, and guides for guided hunters. Bring your personal gear, sleeping bag and pad, and unguided hunters need 4x4 transportation.

Motel “Town Hunts”:  Stay at a comfortable motel in town. Bring your personal hunting gear, unguided hunters also need 4x4 transportation, guides transport the guided hunters. Motel room and restaurant meals are not included so budget $60-$90 per day for these expenses.

Drive-In Drop Camp:  For 2 to 8 unguided hunters and is accessed by auto, you do not have to ride horses to get to camp. Includes tent, camping gear, cots, heater, water, portable toilet, firewood hand saw, and hunting advice. Bring personal gear, 4x4 transportation, sleeping bag and pad, food, drinking water, and stay as long as desired.

Horseback Drop Camp:  A horseback-in drop camp for groups of 2 to 6 physically fit hunters. Hunt on your own, stay as long as you want. Bearpaw Outfitters will pack you, your gear, and your game in and out from camp. Camps are usually 3 to 4 miles ride which gets you away from most hunters, but close enough to walk to your auto and drive to town during the hunt if needed. Camp includes tent, camp gear, cots, heater, water, portable toilet, firewood hand saw, and hunting advice. Bring your personal gear, sleeping bag, pad, food and drinking water. See the Equipment List.

What’s Not Included

Your personal gear, sleeping bag, meat processing and shipping fees, taxidermy, licenses, 6% sales tax, gratuities, and any other items not listed as being included in your hunt.

Contact Us Today

Call or Email with any questions or to book a hunt. If sending a deposit by postal mail, use the Hunt Application to verify your details. "We look forward to meeting you and hunting with you soon."


Best Regards,
Dale, Tara, and The Staff

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Idaho elk outfitter and guides offering guided elk hunts, guaranteed elk & deer hunts, trophy hunts, unguided elk hunting trips, DIY hunting maps, hunting lodge, guided hunting camps, horseback drop camps, and drive-in drop camp hunts for mule deer and elk hunting in Idaho.