Basics of the Hunt
You will be met at the lodge at 6pm (or by appointment) the evening before the hunt. Because the elk are the most active at day break, most of the hunting is done in the mornings, this will give you the best opportunity to get a nice bull. The hunt ends at noon on your third day. (arrive Sunday evening and leave Wednesday by noon or arrive Wednesday evening and leave Saturday by noon).
Our professional guides are some of the best in the business and are eager to help you bag a trophy bull. We hunt either on foot or 4-wheelers (Quads). Hunts will be fully guided, either one-on-one or two-on-one with your guides. If you bring a group that wants to hunt together, we can accommodate that as well.
Because this is a private ranch, we are not bound by season dates; you don’t have to draw to hunt and you don’t have to purchase expensive out-of-state licenses. You can also choose any hunting method you want; rifles, archery, hand guns, crossbows, even black powder. We can design a hunt as challenging as you would like. Please let us know what your expectations are and we will tailor an experience just for you.
You may be our personal guest in our beautiful lodge or you may book a nearby hotel if you prefer. There is no extra charge for a non-hunting companion that will share your room. Three meals a day, snacks and sodas will be provided. There is no smoking in the lodge. Alcohol is not provided, but you may bring your own.
We have a variety of terrain to hunt on. Three large canyons surround the lodge in a horseshoe shape, with a creek running in the bottom of the biggest, below the lodge. Dense Pine and Quaking Aspen forests coat the canyons and rim the open, rolling sagebrush meadows that span the space between the canyons.
We have a local meat processor for those wishing to have their elk cut and frozen before you leave. We can send most of it with you on the plane, or you can have it shipped. Standard meat processing is .99/lb, about $450- $550 for a bull elk and $350 – $450 for a cow.
Our processor’s vacuum seal packaging is excellent, and keeps the meat fresh much longer than traditional butchering methods. We can also crate and ship the cape and antlers for those interested in this service. Three or four 48 quart coolers will usually be enough to take home the meat from a bull elk.
We have an excellent taxidermist available should you desire to have your trophy mounted before shipping. Caping to prep the hide for a shoulder mount is $150. Shoulder Mounts start at $1,350. European Mounts (skull & antlers) are $375, Antlers on a wood plaque mount is $275. Shipping & crating charges are extra.
We offer an exclusive service for those who want their mounts fast:
24-Hour Turnaround on Taxidermy!
For $1975, you can take your mount home with you! The taxidermist will take your antlers to their shop the day you harvest your trophy and return them to you the next day on the mount you select. Of course, these mounts were completed earlier in the year, professionally tanned and completely finished; all they lack are the antlers. This way you can inspect the workmanship up front. This does require a cape exchange.
Gratuities are not included in the price of your hunt. There is no extra fee for our guide service, but working for tips, the guides and the cook appreciate your recognition of their efforts. Tip amounts are completely up to you, but around 10% of your hunt for the guide and $400-$600 for the cook is industry average.
A $2000 deposit will reserve your dates on our calendar, with the final payment on your hunt due by August 1st. Idaho also requires us to charge a sales tax of 6% on all our hunts.
If you are interested in having your hunt captured on film, we have an excellent professional film crew that can film your hunt. They take footage of you arriving at the lodge, some amazing footage of the elk, and of course, the hunt itself. They will edit it all into your own personal show, set it to music and everything. They do an excellent job. It’s a great memento to have and keep those memories of your hunt alive. Those at home will love watching you bag that amazing elk. Let us know ahead of time if you are interested in this service and we will make all of the arrangements to have them here. Click HERE to see an example of a hunt they filmed.