A man poses with a elk he shot hunting in snowy weather

Any seasoned hunter knows that one must be prepared for all possible elements. During hunting season at Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch in Southeast Idaho, you never quite know what Mother Nature has in store for a particular hunt. With our hunting season typically spanning from September through November, our hunters need to be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions.

The team at Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch is here to ensure you are prepared for whatever weather you might encounter during your hunt. We’ve put together a list of information on the weather at our ranch and some tips for how to dress for it.

September: A Month of Transition

September marks the beginning of our busiest elk hunting season at the ranch, and it’s a month of transition in terms of weather. Daytime temperatures can range from the mid-60s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit, making it relatively comfortable for hunters. However, as the sun sets, temperatures can drop significantly, often dipping into the 40s or even lower. If the sun is out, the weather will be pretty warm but if it is overcast or raining the temperatures will definitely drop.  Layering becomes essential as the weather can change quickly.

October: A Drop in Temperature

October brings cooler weather patterns. While daytime temperatures can still be mild, with highs around 60, the nights become progressively colder. Expect low temperatures of approximately 25 degrees. Since we are at a high elevation, about 7,000 feet above sea level, there’s always a chance for snow later in the month.

November: Bracing for Winter

By November, the weather at our elk ranch in Idaho starts to give off the telltale signs of winter. Daytime temperatures typically drop to a high of 40, and nighttime temperatures frequently drop well below freezing. By November, you can expect snowfall at the ranch. This is when having the right clothing becomes crucial.

Dressing for Success

To succeed in elk hunting during these months, hunters should dress in layers. Layering provides versatility and allows you to adapt to changing conditions. Here’s a basic guideline:

  • Base Layer: Start with moisture-wicking thermal underwear to keep sweat away from your skin and retain warmth.
  • Insulation Layer: Add an insulating layer like fleece to trap heat.
  • Outer Layer: Your outermost layer should be waterproof and windproof. A good-quality hunting jacket and pants with sealed seams are essential.
  • Accessories: Don’t forget a warm hat, gloves, and a neck gaiter or scarf. 
  • Footwear: Proper footwear with insulated, waterproof boots with good traction are also crucial for comfort to keep your feet warm and dry.

Plan a Guided Elk Hunt in Idaho

Understanding the temperature variations during the hunting months, dressing in layers, and being well-prepared can make a world of difference in ensuring a successful and enjoyable hunting experience. Mother Nature may throw some challenges your way, but with the right gear and knowledge, you’ll be ready to face them head-on and create unforgettable hunting memories in our breathtaking Idaho wilderness.

Book a guided elk hunt at our ranch in Idaho. Our hunts are success guaranteed, and we will work with you to personalize your experience. Please visit our about us page or call 208-351-7301 for more information.