We are located in central Idaho, operating from Challis. Conducting
spring bear hunting, summer pack trips
and fall elk,
mule deer and
black bear hunts in over 150 square miles
of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The terrain in the “Frank”
is Very rugged and not for the faint of heart; all operations are conducted
from wall tents. There is great cutthroat trout fishing, hunting bull
elk in the rut with rifles, liberal
mule deer season, good
black bear and mountain lion, plus bighorn
sheep and mountain goat.
is one of the few western states left that allow
rifle elk hunting during the rut and
over the counter tags and although there is a quota on Idaho nonresident
elk tags, as licensed outfitters in
a quota area we have guaranteed tags for hunters who book an
Idaho elk hunt with us. We offer fully
guided elk hunts as well as drop camps
for the Do it yourself hunter otherwise known as the DIY hunter. Because
of the ruggedness of our elk country,
public hunting competition is very rare indeed. Our Idaho elk hunting area
has experienced fires in the recent and distant past that makes for some
pretty amazing elk habitat and hunting
generally consists of getting to an advantage point and glassing or
bugling up a rutting bull elk during
our early season Idaho elk hunts.
27 mule deer hunting is quite possibly
some of the best backcountry over the counter
mule deer hunting left out west. With
the vastness and tough access of the rugged Frank Church River of No Return
Wilderness area, it allows for a lengthy
mule deer hunting season that runs
from mid-September to the end of October and actually can run into Mid November
with a draw tag that is guaranteed if you apply during the application period
that generally takes place in May. With dates that coincide with the general
elk hunting season, it is possible to
hunt both elk and
deer in a
combo hunt that really gets
you more bang for your hunting dollar. The rugged country of the “Frank”
keeps public hunter competition to a minimum.
of the access or shall we say inaccessibility of Idaho’s backcountry
units, Idaho allows for a many different means of take including hunting
with dogs and baiting. Idaho also allows for a limit of
2 bears in these backcountry areas.
Baiting for bears is a very effective way for a selective harvest both on
color and gender. With bears visiting the baits it allows the hunter time
to assess the size and color phase of the
bears and to avoid the
bears with cubs. Idaho has a high percentage
of color phase bears and the possibility
of seeing a very nice cinnamon, chocolate or blonde color phase
black bear is very real.
Spring bear season runs from April
1 until the end of June and fall bear season begins August 30 and runs until
November 18. For the ultimate Idaho fall hunting adventure you can
deer and bear at the same time with
our combo hunts.
is the last state that we are aware of where you can still pursue multiple
game species during the same time frame. In the backcountry zones like our
Middlefork zone all the seasons overlap and allow for
wolf and mountain lion hunting all
at the same time. Throw in a little grouse hunting and maybe some backcountry
fishing and you can see how Idaho can be an outdoorsman’s paradise!
Join us for a combo hunt and
enjoy all that Idaho has to offer.
once again is allowed to hunt wolves and we are glad for that option. We
are offering wolf hunts in Idaho’s
Middlefork zone which currently has no quota. We are combining
wolf hunts with the opportunity to
possibly even harvest a mountain lion along with the possibility of a coyote;
making for what might be considered the ultimate predator hunt. Remember
these are mid-winter backcountry hunts and are very physically demanding.
During the fall you can add that to your
combo hunt and make that 4
species you are after during the same time frame and really stretching that
State of Idaho encourages youth hunting for both residents and non-residents.
The Idaho Fish and Game has a junior mentor program with greatly reduced
license and tag fees. We at Wild Idaho Outfitters also encourage families
with young hunters and offer reduced pricing on our hunts for juniors’
ages 12 to 17 when accompanied by a paying adult. This is a great opportunity
to encourage young hunters and get them started with a good hunting experience.
Idaho Hunting Guides
Backcountry hunting is tough and you need a guide as tough as the country
they will be guiding in. We believe here at Wild Idaho Outfitters, that we hire
some of the toughest guides in the business. They will go the “extra
mile” to get you the best possible opportunity on your Idaho hunt. Our
guides are seasoned hunters and outdoorsman…even the young ones are raised
in the backcountry, on a farm or on the back of a horse and all take your success
If an Idaho outdoor adventure is on your “to do” list please
give us a call or shoot us an email and let’s get started on your Idaho
outdoor adventure! We look forward to sharing our past adventures and
creating memorable experiences with you.
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