Rifle Hunting: Front Range Pack In

Front range hunts operate on the Salmon/Challis National forest between Challis and Stanley, Idaho. Although this hunt is not in the wilderness, it borders the Frank Church and has some area that is more rugged than our wilderness area. You can drive directly to our tent base camp. The cook tent and hunters’ sleep tents are large. We have three other smaller sleep tents for the crew or women hunters. We saddle the horses and mules at 3:00 am and are usually in the saddle by 5:00 or 6:00 am each morning. The days are long and we gain and lose much elevation during the day. This hunt is very physically demanding. We ride our horses and mules as much as possible but we require all of our hunters to walk the stock downhill. This accomplishes two things. It gives your riding animal a much needed break and it gives you a chance to stretch out your legs and get the blood flowing. We do both archery hunts and rifle hunts for elk in this front range area. This rugged terrain is between 5700’ and 10,000’ in elevation. It is not uncommon to stalk elk and look down on mountain goats grazing below you. These hunts are 6 days long (plus a day into camp and out of camp). On these front range hunts, we recommend everyone get a deer tag and a wolf tag. The deer season overlaps the elk archery season and most of the elk rifle season. Elk, deer, bear and lion tags are guaranteed through the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. All archery hunts are operated in the front range from August 30-September 30. The rifle deer season is open from October 10-24 and rifle elk is open from October 15-November 8.

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