Elk
We offer fully guided elk hunts with both rifle and bow. Our hunts are guided 2-x-1, and 1-x-1 hunts can be arranged for an additional fee. All elk hunts include lodging and meals. We offer elk hunts in five separate elk areas. Two of these hunts are offered in general license areas. The other three are in limited-quota areas. These limited-quota areas can take 4 to 9 elk preference points to draw the license.

All Elk hunts are seven days, which includes five full days of hunting. There is a day into camps/lodge and a day departing from camps/lodge.

We assist and make it easy for our clients to go through the processes of obtaining preference points and also the license application processes to obtain an elk license.

Hunt #1 (general-license area):
This hunt is a wilderness style hunt. It is a remote camp using horses and mules to access the camp and hunt areas. The ride into camp is two hours from the trailhead to camp. This area holds excellent numbers of resident elk as well as a migratory route in the later fall season. Success rate with a rifle in this area has been around 90% harvest for many years. Archery hunters in this area have enjoyed a 50% success rate with 75% opportunity. This is a classic mountain-style elk hunt, hunting mature 5- and 6-point bulls with larger bulls taken.

Hunt #1 hunting dates: Archery, September 15-19 and 22-27; Rifle, October 1-5, 9-13, 17-21 and 25-29.

Hunt #2 (general-license area):
This elk hunt is on private property, Smith Lodge based hunt. This takes place on private property ranches that have been leased for years. The hunting country is accessed by pickups and side-by-side UTV’s. Although this is a less physical hunt, walking is required. These private leases hold good numbers of resident elk. Success rate in this area through the years is around 65% with a rifle and 50% with a bow. This is a private property hunt, hunting mature 5- and 6-point bulls. Larger bulls have been taken from these properties.

Hunt #2 hunting dates: Archery, September 8-12, 15-19, and 22-26; Rifle, October 15-19, 22-26, and November 1-5.

Hunt #3 (limited-quota area):
This area takes approximately 3-4 elk preference points to draw. This is a National Forest Service mountain area. This classic hunting camp can be accessed by vehicle. This allows you to bring in your gear without limitations. However, hunting is conducted from horses, mules, and walking. This mountain-style elk hunt offers good numbers of resident elk. This gives the hunter good opportunity at a bull elk. Success rate in this area is 75% with a rifle and 40% with a bow. This is a quality elk hunt, shooting average bulls.

Hunt #3 hunting dates: Archery, September 1-5, 9-13, 17-21, and 25-29; Rifle, October 15-19, 22-26, and October 29-November 2.

Hunt #4 (limited-quota area):
This elk area takes 7+ elk preference points to draw. This area is a wilderness hunt. However, the wall-tent camp can be accessed by vehicle. Hunting is conducted with horses, mules, and by foot. This is a large, rough, wilderness elk area. Success rate with a rifle has been over 75%. However we have been 100% opportunity through the years. Archery hunters have enjoyed a 50% success rate with around 80% opportunity. This elk area holds tremendous numbers of elk. Being a limited-quota area, our hunters average around a 320 B&C bull with larger bulls taken.

Hunt #4 hunting dates: Archery, September 1-5, 9-13, 17-21, and 25-29; Rifle, October 15-19, 22-16, and October 29-November 2.

Hunt #5 (limited-quota area):
This elk area requires max points to draw. This large private lease is hunted from Smith Lodge. Hunting is conducted with side-by-side UTV’s and walking. This private area holds excellent numbers of elk. Our hunters are averaging 340 with many larger bulls taken. Hunters have been 100% successful.

Hunt #5 hunting dates: Archery, September 5-9; Rifle, September 15-19, 22-26, and October 1-5


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