Elk Springs Outfitters
Idaho Hunting Guides
The Elk Hunting Experience
As the fall moves in, the bugle of rutting elk can
be heard echoing throughout Idaho's Salmon River
Mountains. As Idaho hunting guides, we offer combination
hunts for Elk/Deer. Our hunts run from September
15 to November 16. Our 7 day trip includes 5 full
days of hunting. Elk will be our primary target,
and you'll find some outstanding Bulls here in the
back country. Our average bull elk racks is a 5
x 5, but it isn't uncommon to take 6x6's over 300"s.
After harvesting and packing out your elk, you'll
be able to hunt for a mule deer if you so choose.
The limited mule deer hunting pressure gives us
an abundant population and your opportunity to add
a large mule deer to your hunting trip is excellent.
Our Idaho hunting area consistently produces some
very large mule deer racks and while we can't guarantee
any certain trophy, we can tell you that you'll
be mule deer hunting where the big muley bucks grow.
The average mule deer taken is a 4 x 4 with a 24
inch spread, but again every year we are taking
bucks over 175" and up into the low 200"s.
Our Idaho hunting unit is open to any legal weapon.
If you so choose, and dates are available, its
possible to book an elk hunt during the rut and
use a rifle. We use a variety of elk hunting methods,
spot and stalk, still hunting, stand hunting,
calling, and tracking, all according to your needs
and abilities. The elk hunting terrain in west
central Idaho's area of Frank Church River of
No Return Wilderness is a mixture of sagebrush,
parks, dark timber, slide areas, and burned timber.
Its one of Idaho's most beautiful areas, it is
rugged country that's fun to hunt, if you are
up for it.
A typical day hunting with us would find you riding
out of camp before daylight. Usually we ride out
about 1 to 2 hours from camp, but if we spot animals
farther out, it may be more. Occasionally we can
walk right out of camp and can be into game. The
hotspots seem to change from week to week. Normally
we try to be at some type of vantage point to
start the day, then we let the animals tell us
how we will hunt.
means sitting and glassing all day and sometimes
we are immediately heading out on foot.
We like to stay out all day and typically
head back in the dark. If necessary we may
spike out to get onto particular bulls or
bucks, of course this is always left up
to you. It is important to remember that
methods and tactics can change at any time.
In the past we have been very successfull
by being flexable and familar with the nature
of the animals living in our area. Space
with Elk Springs outfitters and and it's
professional hunting guides, is limited.
We only have so much room in our elk hunting
camps, so book quickly. We recommend booking
before March 1.
Elk Hunting Camp
Our goal at Elk Springs Outfitters is to
offer you an outstanding guided Idaho elk
hunt and give you a chance to experience
this beautiful, rugged wilderness of Idaho
at its best. You’ll horseback (pack)
into our back country base camp on gentle,
trail-wise horses and mules.
Because the quality of your elk hunting
experience is important to us, we limit
to 2 elk hunters, with an exception sometimes
being made for single parties of up to 4.
This smaller focus allows us to give you
the kind of attention, advice and service
you need for your Idaho wilderness adventure.
Elk Springs Outfitters and guides elk camp
consists of comfortable wall tents (12x14),
heated by wood stoves (we burn pine). Cots
with foam pads for comfort and you’ll
enjoy hearty, home style, satisfying meals
served up by our camp cook.
or by phone (208) 469-9999