Idaho Elk & Mule Deer Hunting

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  • 2011 Elk & Deer Tags Still Available

  • Adult License and Elk Tag…......$571.50

  • Adult License, Deer & Elk Tag…$873.25

  • Youth License, Deer & Elk Tag….$95.25

  •  Idaho Elk and Mule Deer Hunts

    Idaho offers some of the best elk hunting in the country and Bearpaw Outfitters have several excellent elk hunting options in Southeast Idaho. Elk and Mule Deer can be hunted together and best of all, Elk & Deer licenses are sold over the counter with no draw needed.

    In Idaho hunters can 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 also apply for a moose permit and hunt moose on the same hunt if they are drawn for the moose tag. Idaho even allows a deer tag to be used on a cougar if you see one. Bearpaw Outfitters do not charge an extra fee for hunting these extra animals.

    There are no documented wolf packs in this entire area which means there has been little or no wolf impact on wildlife in these units.

    Bearpaw Outfitters have several proven elk hunting camps where both elk and mule deer have been taken. Choose a guided hunt or an unguided hunt in any of the elk camps or the lodge. Whether you're a serious trophy hunter or just meat hunting for the freezer, these hunts are a great choice.


    Trophy Quality

    Many trophy class elk scoring 300+ and trophy mule deer with 30” or larger racks have been taken in SE Idaho. Bearpaw Outfitters recently took a 352 gross bull elk and a 31 inch 6x8 trophy mule deer. Game numbers are not as high in Idaho as in some other areas but there are better quality elk and deer in this area than in many other areas with over the counter tags. Obviously all hunters are not going to get trophy animals, but remember, in order to kill trophy class animals you have to hunt an area that produces trophy class animals.


    Hunting Areas

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


    Hunting Methods

    Hunting methods often include glassing & spotting open hillsides, spot & stalk hunting, watching water holes or elk wallows, elk calling, or still hunting trails and ridges.


    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.


    Seasons & Best Time

    The general rifle bull elk and deer hunts are Oct 15-24 and can be good anytime during the season. There's also an early rifle bugle elk season open Oct 1-10, apply for tags in the limited-entry draw. Rifle Cow Elk is open Oct 25 to Nov 15 and Muzzleloader cow elk season is open Nov 16 to Dec 31. Archery season for elk and deer runs August 30 to September 30, archery elk hunting is usually best the last two weeks of September.


    Shot Opportunity & Physical Condition

    Shooting opportunity varies from hunt to hunt but usually averages from 50% to 90% on deer and 20% to 90% on elk, it's usually higher if you are in good physical condition. 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 up 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 Hunts:  Choose 1 to 3 hunters per guide. Hunts include your guide, meals, lodging, game care and retrieval.

    Semi-Guided:  Includes meals, lodging, hunting advice, and map. Hunt on your own with help retrieving your game.

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


    Accommodations Include

    Mountain Lodge:  Enjoy the comforts of indoor living in the mountains, 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. You are advised where to hunt on your own, stay as long as you want. A Satellite Phone is recommended but many cell phones will get service from the ridge behind camp in case you need to call out to get meat packed or check on home or work. On a pre-arranged date you, your gear, and your game are packed out from camp. Camps are usually 3 to 4 miles from the parking area; far enough to get 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, warm sleeping bag and pad, food and drinking water.


    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


    Rifle Hunts
    Choose Lodge / Motel / Camp
    5-Days Oct 15-19 or 20-24
    Guide Ratio - Cost Each
    Guided 2x1…..$3550
    Guided 3x1…..$3250
    Archery Hunts
    6-Days, Aug 30-Sept 30
    Guide Ratio - Cost Each
    Guided 1x1…..$3950
    Guided 2x1…..$2950
    Guided 3x1…..$2650
    Guided on Horseback
    Archery or Rifle Season
    Guide Ratio - Cost Each
    Guided 2x1…..$3950
    Horseback Drop Camp
    Unguided, Stay Long As Desired
    Group Size - Cost Each
    2 or More........$1950
    Drive-In Drop Camp
    Stay As Long As Desired
    Group Size - Cost Each
    2 or More........$1650

    Email:           Phone (509) 684-6294           Request More Info

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