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 is a Black Bear/Mule Deer or Whitetail Deer hunt. Black Bears can be hunted with any weapon. Deer must be hunted with archery equipment. Deer tags are limited in numbers and sell out fast, so booking this hunt in advance and planning with our office will be imperative. Our team can assist you in securing the necessary tag for this hunt. Typical bucks here are 16-24” wide and are usually 3x4 or 4x4 and about half have eye guards. They also have whitetail in the area, while not as numerous as mule deer when they see a whitetail buck, he’s usually a good one. The regular deer archery tag is good for either species. For deer, crossbows can only be used if you’re disabled and go through the steps and get the approval ahead of the hunt. No mechanical broad heads.
Just as any hunting, the more time spent in the stand, the better your odds. The outfitter has trail cameras out on game trails and feeding areas a lot of the year, they have tree stands and ground blinds built in good locations that deer frequent. You can hunt mule deer bucks in the morning and sit a bear bait in the evenings (with any weapon not just archery) or archery hunt deer all day.... that’s why it’s a combo hunt, you can focus on one or the other or hunt both every day. They'll sneak you into an area and get you set up with a radio and leave you to wait for your buck.
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.