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Idaho OTC Black Bear Hunts

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Season Dates:
May, June, September
Black Bear
Guide Ratio:
1 on 1, 2 on 1, Guided
Idaho, United States of America
Any Weapon, Archery, Muzzleloader, Rifle
Trip Methods:
ATV/UTV, Ground Blind, Hiking, Hounds, Spot and Stalk, Vehicle
6 Days
Easy Moderate, Moderate
Motel, Wall Tent
Additional Species:
Trip Units:
10, 10A, 12

This outfitter is a small family owned and operated business in Idaho. They carry multiple state licenses, permits, and private leases to be able to offer high quality, successful hunts. They offer hunts for Black Bear, Mule Deer and Whitetail Deer, Elk, and Mountain Lion. You can also harvest a wolf while on your hunt if the opportunity presents itself. Tag must be purchased prior to hunt. They also offer high mountain fishing trips as add-ons to their hunts. They raise and train their own dogs, they cook, and they personally guide 85% of their clients. This is what they do for a living.

This Idaho bear hunt is in a TWO BEAR area, and can be hunted as a baited hunt and/or a spot and stalk hunt. Since 2014, this outfitter has been at least 85% shot opportunity on any kind of bear hunt, including spot and stalk, hounds, and/or bait. Most years they are 100% opportunity. All black bear hunts are operated in units that allows each hunter to harvest two bears. As an average, 50% of the bears harvested are color phase. Spring hunts are all baited hunts, and in the fall, the first two weeks of the season, they offer a spot and stalk, hound hunt, and baited combo hunts from their base camp. Other options include spot and stalk and baited hunts from a horseback camp, or spot and stalk hunts combined with world class fly fishing on a backpack hunt. The backpack hunts takes place in a huge drainage that hasn’t had a trail opened in decades. The outfitter strategically hunts this area in a way that keeps the area managed with low pressure.

The days start with waking up whenever you want and having either a hot breakfast or continental type breakfast, depending on the days hunt plans. Then it’s up to you – you can hunt all day or break it up with nearby trout fishing, local hot springs, and/or scenic drives. Lots of bears hit baits in late morning and early afternoon, even when it’s hot outside. They even attract the big traveling bears with good strong scents, so they tend to harvest lots of bears they’ve never had on camera before. Movement on baits is cut down in the rain, and always best the last two hours, but clients have killed as many big bears on baits between 5-8 am and 2-6 pm as they have in the last two hours of daylight. Lots of 11am-2pm bears as well. Just like any other hunting, you’ve got to spend time in the same general area as the bear to have an encounter; so the outfitter encourages hunters to sit as many hours of the day as they can. If you want to wake up early and sneak in at daylight and sit for a few hours and come out for lunch and a nap and go back in the evening, you can. There’s really no right or wrong way, but the more hours you spend at the bait sites, the better the odds. They have trail cameras on every bait, so they will tell you what they think is best, but they also want you to have a good, relaxing time and sometimes 12 hours a day in a blind isn’t some hunters’ idea of a good time.

The outfitter uses almost all naturally built ground blinds, but they do have a few tree stands. Their setups always favor the normal wind patterns, always put the sun in your favor, and are very well built and placed from 20-120 yards, most being 30-50 yards. The steepness and thickness of the forest in the area usually prohibits them from seeing a bait much further away than that. They take you on side by side or truck to a location near your bait, then they walk you into blinds and dump fresh bait and scent each time. They have some easy-to-walk-to baits for disabled hunters and some hard, long walks to baits, to accommodate all types of hunters. They leave you with a radio so you can call them when you shoot a bear or are ready to be picked up as well.

Sometimes they have to skin the bear on the mountain but they get most of them out whole and skin them at camp. Taking the bear meat is not required in Idaho, but they will gladly quarter your bear and pull back-straps if you wish. They hang the hide overnight to cool thoroughly, and then you can take it to a check in station about 20 miles away. After it’s checked they have freezers to freeze it solid for your journey home, or they can deliver it to their long-time trusted taxidermist for you.

Accommodations are nice wall tents with mattress beds, lights, cabinets, and charging stations. Wood stove AND propane Buddy heaters. Hot running water with sink and shower for regular sanitation. Generator power. Cook tent with food/coffee/drinks always available. Big fire pit for socializing. Freezers for freezing your hide. Biweekly serviced Port-o-potties in spring season, outhouses in fall season.

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Base Camp (Spring - Baited)

$3,750.00 6 Days Guided
  • Can harvest a 2nd bear for $1,000

Base Camp (Fall, Spot & Stalk/Hounds/Baited)

$4,750.00 6 Days 1 on 1
  • Only available in September
  • Hunt price includes (2) Bears

Base Camp (Horseback or Hike/Spot & Stalk/Baited)

$5,750.00 6 Days 1 on 1
*This hunt is only available in September and first week of October. Same as the base camp, except you will either walk from camp or ride a horse from camp to an active bait and spot and stalk in the huckleberries in a place where the bears have likely never seen a person. 

6% Idaho sales tax is added to all hunt prices. If your second bear isn't included in the price of the hunt, after your first bear is harvested you can pay $1,000 to keep hunting for a second bear. License and tags can be bought locally upon arrival. License is $185  $10 depredation fee Bear tags are $41.75 Wolf tags are $31.75 Archery affidavit $81.75 (if applicable) Bear can be hunted with any weapon