Outfitter # 045

Southwest Idaho Mule Deer Hunts

WTA TAGS
Draw
Required

Description

This outfitter is located in southwest, Idaho in game management unit 40. This unit has long been known as one of Idaho’s top trophy mule deer units as well as being the most sought after elk tag in Idaho. Unit 40 also offers awesome antelope hunting with a rifle or bow, and trophy cougar and bobcat hunting. This outfitter has successfully guided hundreds of hunters in 6 states for every species of big game in the Lower 48 states. He has guided for some of the most well-known outfitters in the business, and finally found the perfect spot to go off on his own.

For mule deer, they accomodate draw tag hunters, and they also have guaranteed tags that allows hunters to bypass the draw system. This outfitter offers archery and rifle hunts, which are acquired by way of the Idaho state Draw system and their guaranteed tags that are received each year. There are no points to be accumulated in Idaho, so your odds of drawing a tag are better than some states, although still tough to draw. With no point accumulation system, even first-timer's have the same chance as everyone else.

They offer both early season archery mule deer hunts while bucks are still in the velvet, and late rut rifle mule deer hunts. Both hunts are phenomenal, offering archers and riflemen the opportunity to kill quality trophies.

ARCHERY: On the archery hunts, which have good draw odds, you will see bucks to stalk everyday. On the early archery hunts, they sit back and use their optics to find deer while they are up feeding. Every year the outfitter sees a trophy buck or two in the 190" to 200" range, and multiple bucks between 160" and 180". As any archery hunt, getting a shot will be largely due to the abilities of the hunter. The outfitter will collaborate with each hunter regarding stalks, and will be selective on which stalks to do or not. The big deer in their area are big for a reason, and the outfitter is very keen on the patterns of the game in their area. The Season opens August 15th and that’s when they like to have their first hunter in camp. 

RIFLE: The rifle hunt is November 1-24. On the late rut hunts, they cover country using UTV’s and ATV’s glassing  does, waiting for your buck to come along to breed. This time of year, bucks can cover many miles in a single day and night. They don’t spend much time watching one herd of deer. They have found it more conducive to look at as many herds as possible, day after day, until your buck of a lifetime makes his appearance. Earlier is usually better but they find big bucks throughout the entire season. Clients need to be able to shoot 250-400 yards as they get out in the open sage after season opens. This is your traditional rut muley hunt... lots of time in a side-by-side and behind the spotting scope looking for cruising bucks. They cover a lot of miles and check big groups of does daily to see what cycled overnight. They do some short-walk hunts to view holes and hollows, but they know it takes covering a lot of ground, and from past success, this method has produced!

GUARANTEED MULE DEER TAGS: This outfitter receive three outfitter allocated tags for unit 40. This means that you don't have to draw the tag to hunt this area. Currently there are only 5 guaranteed outfitter tags, and this outfitter gets three of the five each season. These tags don't last long, so if you would like to hunt Idaho for mule deer, this is a great option to consider. 

Camp consists of wall tents with wooden floors and mattresses. The wall tents are 10’ x 12’ and or 16’ x 18’ for clients. The cooking facilities consist of a 40’ x 20’ wall tent completely set up for a nice comfortable setting. Power is run to everything and a Porta Potty is on site for all camps. 


Price

Archery / 7 Days / 1 on1 Guide / $6,500 + License and Tag(s)

Rifle (Draw Tag) / 7 Days / 1 on1 Guide / $7,500 + License and Tag(s)

Rifle (Guaranteed Tag) / 5 Days / 1 on1 Guide / $8,500 + License and Tag(s)

Rifle (Guaranteed Tag - Entire Season) / 1 on1 Guide / $15,000 + License and Tag(s) - Season runs from November 1 - 24

Dates

September - November

Accomodations

Camp consists of wall tents with wooden floors and mattresses. The wall tents are 10’ x 12’ and or 16’ x 18’ for clients. The cooking facilities consist of a 40’ x 20’ wall tent completely set up for a nice comfortable setting. Power is run to everything and a Porta Potty is on site for all camps. 

Camp is set up with Twin Mattresses and Box Springs as beds. There is a Queen Mattress also. Each tent also has carpet on the floors the walls are 4 Feet Tall. They are also equipped with wood stoves and propane heaters for backup. Very clean camps.

Included
Lodging, Meals, In-Field Transportation, Infield Trophy Care, Wall Tent, Accommodations, Guide, Beverages, and Airport Pickup and Drop Off
Excluded
Shipping of Meat/Trophy, Meat Processing, Airfare, Gratuities, License, Taxidermy, and Personal Items
  • Idaho State Sales Tax of 6%
  • Tags and Licenses (on some hunts)
  • Personal clothing and toiletries
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Gun or Bow with ammo
  • Typical hunting gear (i.e. backpack, binoculars, etc.)
Transportation

Walter’s Ferry is the closest location where HWY 78 and HWY 45 cross. This is the closest location for food, drinks, and gas.  Clients will most likely go there a couple of times during the hunt to refuel, etc.

There is a hotel 1 hour from camp, but it would be inconvenient for clients to stay there unless they brought their own vehicle and met each day at a meeting place.

Approximate License & Tag(s) Cost

License: $154.75

Tag(s):

  • Black Bear: $186.00
  • Deer: $301.75
  • Valid to take a black bear or mountain lion, if a season is open for that species, instead of a deer where and when the deer tag is valid, and there is an open deer season in that same unit.
  • Elk: $416.75
  • Mountain Lion: $186.00
Physical Requirement Level

Level 2 - These hunts are mostly conducted on private ranches. Species include mule deer, elk, antelope; additionally, some caribou and African plains game hunts. Moderate to light hiking each day in semi-mountainous terrain.

Additional Information
Approach: Spot and Stalk.
Equipment: Automobile,ATV/UTV,Snowmobile.