Guided Archery Hunting In Idaho For Elk, Deer, Bear, Cougar, Wolf

All archery hunts take place in the front range. These hunts are a tent camp, horseback hunt but operate during the archery season from Aug. 30- Sept. 30. Hunters can have elk, deer, bear, mountain lion and wolf tags in their possession. We recommend everyone get a wolf tag along with their elk and deer tags. Like the front range rifle hunts, we ride horses and mules out of camp each day. Days are long and we spend many hours in the saddle and hiking mountains so get in shape! Tags are guaranteed.

Even though elk and deer archery tags are guaranteed, they are limited. The month-long archery season is during the prime bugling of the elk rut.  We take some mature bulls during our hunts and we also take some spikes and cows.  Any elk is legal during archery season.  The size of our elk herds vary anywhere from 10 head to 100 but most herds are in that 15-20 range. Mature Mule Deer bucks in September are hanging in the high country in bachelor groups.  I have seen as many as 15 bucks in one group.

You may book an archery hunt for elk but I can tell you from experience, it is hard to pass up a stalk at a big buck. In the first two weeks of September, many of these bucks are still in full velvet.  If a velvet buck is what you want, book the first week of archery season.

Idaho has some strict restrictions for archery equipment.  Idaho allows no lighted nocks, no expandable broad heads or any bow with more than 85% let off to name a few.  Crossbows are not legal during season unless you are handicapped.  I have found that disabled hunter permits are a gray area and we try to stay away from them.  Please check the Idaho Fish and Game regulations before booking a hunt with us to make sure your equipment qualifies for a hunt in our state.

We have put together some youtube videos on how to prepare for your hunt.  Archery hunting takes more preparation than any other hunts we offer.  Not only should you be in “sheep” shape, you need to practice shooting your bow continually prior to your hunt. The best archery hunters I know shoot one arrow every day and they do it from different angles.  In the field, you very seldom get a second shot so the first one is the one that counts.  The game is usually on steep terrain.  The more you can simulate the situation, the better your odds of making a good shot in the field.

Bow hunting equipment is fragile.  Archery equipment never ceases to amaze me in its ability to fall apart while in the field.  Carry some tools with you all the time.  Allen wrenches are a must and you should check and tighten your bow constantly.  Bring a good shoulder sling to carry your bow while riding the horse.  An arrow tube is what most hunters prefer during the early morning horseback ride in the dark.  We put this tube on a pack mule.  This protects both the hunter and the horse.  One time we got to the place where we were to start hunting at daylight and my hunter had lost all his arrows out of his quiver during the ride in the dark.  We hunted the rest of the day for arrows instead of elk.  Drop-a-way arrow rests are common but they have more moving parts than a whisker biscuit and lead to more problems.  Long stabilizers may help your shooting at targets but get in the way while you are riding a horse.  Make sure your stabilizer and front sight do not stick out further than the limbs of your bow or it will be riding on your hip and bumping the saddle while riding a horse.  I have found more than one stabilizer on the trail where it came unscrewed while riding.  When you ride a 1500 pound horse with your bow and you rub into a tree, the horse and tree will not give.  Many hunters have learned this lesson the hard way.  When it comes to bow hunting equipment, less is more.  The simpler the bow, the less to go wrong.

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