Hunting in Idaho

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33 hunting trips from 6 outfitters starting from $1,500

33 hunts
$1,500 starting from
8 animals
3035km to the nearest trip

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About hunting in Idaho

The rugged and beautiful landscapes in the state of Idaho feature steep mountain ranges, large lakes, rushing rivers, and steep canyons. The state contains some of the largest unspoiled natural areas in the United States, including the 2.3-million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area, the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness in the continental U.S. Not surprisingly, Idaho has tremendous hunting opportunities to match its wilderness character. Species include elk, deer, pronghorn, black bears, mountain lions, wolves, moose, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep. In addition, the upland bird hunting is excellent, with California quail, chukar, grey partridge, five types of grouse, pheasants, and turkeys available. Idaho currently boasts a population of about 107,000 elk, and they can be found from the sagebrush deserts to the central Idaho mountains to the timbered ridges in the northern part of the state. Over-the-counter tags are available for elk, with draw tags for bigger bulls offered in 28 zones. A combination of over-the-counter tags and controlled hunts also allows hunters to pursue both mule deer and white-tailed deer; mule deer are widespread in the central mountains and southern deserts of Idaho, while white-tailed deer dominate the northern forested areas. Overall hunting success rates over the last five years have averaged 40 percent for deer and 23 percent for elk. Idaho has a healthy population of black bears. Cinnamon and brown color-phase black bears are common in many areas, and hunters can pursue bears with hounds or over bait. Nonresident deer and elk tags may also be used to harvest a black bear or mountain lion. A limited number of draw tags are available for pronghorn, moose, goats, and bighorn sheep in Idaho. The moose population is estimated at 10,000 to 12,000. While moose populations are declining in parts of the state, they are expanding their range in several other areas. Several thousand bighorn sheep roam Idaho’s remote rugged mountains and steep river canyons; approximately 85 controlled hunt tags are available to those fortunate enough to draw. Successful applicants can harvest one California and one Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in their lifetime. Mountain goats are found in North Idaho, the White Cloud Mountains of central Idaho, and the far southeastern corner of the state. Hunters in Idaho must possess a hunting license, a tag for the particular species of big game they are after, and they must have proof of having taken a hunter education class if born after January 1, 1975. Learn more about hunting in Idaho at

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Wilderness Mule Deer & Elk Hunt DropCamp

Wilderness Mule Deer & Elk Hunt DropCamp United States

The ultimate western adventure and an iconic American experience. This is not your average wall tent hunt. We offer only the very finest in accommodations, animals, and equipment. We take the traditional “Drop Camp” to the next level. Choose from our unique and professional services in order to fine tune your perfect outfitter experience. Our hunting season runs September 15 - November 18th and we can offer guaranteed outfitter allocated elk tags as well an unlimited late season mule deer draw. Arrive at our trailhead and we will take it from there. Our experienced guides will load your gear onto mules and take you into camp via horseback. Once at camp, the guide will take the time to look over provided maps of the area and get you pointed in the right direction to maximize success. At the end of your hunt, we will be there with the mules and horses necessary to bring you and your harvest back home safely. See below for additional options to fine tune your drop camp. We do not setup additional camps that compete with our guided hunts, we simply offer our camps as first come first serve for guided or unguided hunters. All hunts are 7 days. 5 Mule Pack String & 4 Saddle Horses with Guide to take you to and from camp Premium Canvas Wall Tents (12x15 Sleep Tents & 15x21 Kitchen/Dining Tent) Deluxe Camp Kitchen (Stove, grill, griddle, oven, smoker, and everything you need for cooking and dining) Deluxe Outhouse & Shower Tents Cots & Pads Lanterns Propane Tables & Chairs Wood Stoves & Water Heater Coolers Garmin InReach Satellite Device First Aid Supplies Detailed Maps of the Area

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 15 Sep 2020 18 Nov 2020

Package price $3,500 for 7 days, 1 hunter
Spring Bear Hunt Any Weapon 1x1

Spring Bear Hunt Any Weapon 1x1 United States

We use two methods to hunt these splendid animals this time of year, either “spot and stalk” or “hunting over bait”. Both methods give the avid rifle hunter or archer ample opportunity to harvest the bear of their dreams. Unit 36A continues to produce color phase bears including black, chocolate, cinnamon and blonde. Our hunts are conducted from our comfortable base camp in the East Fork of the Salmon River. ·We use ATV’s and horses depending on the type of hunt you desire and weather condition at the time of your hunt.

Trip duration: 5 days

Hunting season: 1 May 2021 15 Jun 2021

Package price $3,800 for 5 days, 1 hunter
Horseback Grouse Hunt 3-4 Hunters

Horseback Grouse Hunt 3-4 Hunters United States

Experience western upland hunting in a unique way. Enjoy 4 nights, 3 days guided hunting for the trifecta of Idaho forest grouse; Ruffed, Spruce, and Blue. Stay your first and last nights at luxurious lodge, the remaining nights will be spent in deluxe wilderness wall tent camps. Hunt from both foot and horseback over pointers in some of the most amazing upland country imaginable. Dine in style with unbeatable views and amazing homemade delicacies prepared fresh. A very limited number of these unique wilderness adventures will be offered each year early September. This in an upland adventure like none other. $4,000ea / 2 Hunters

Trip duration: 3 days

Hunting season: 1 Sep 2020 15 Sep 2020

Package price $3,500 for 3 days, 1 hunter

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