Idaho Whitetail Adventures, Elk Hunting Guides & Outfitters
Largest Buck taken with IWA green
Scored 189 7/8 B&C
Our Idaho whitetail deer hunting trips are set during the rut in the best habitat for whitetail deer hunting in Idaho. Every category of Idaho’s whitetail deer hunting record book entries are from this area. Why go anywhere else? With the low elevation and heavy cover this gives those mature whitetail bucks the ability to survive to an old age. We use tree stand hunting to get our hunters on their trophy. Almost all of our hunters have a chance of taking a nice buck, with over half getting a chance at a real trophy. You’ll enjoy hunting with IDAHO WHITETAIL ADVENTURES guide service.
We are life members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and North American Hunting Club. We are professional guides and outfitters licensed by the State of Idaho and our license number is #5379.
We operate our hunting trips on several different types of land ownership with most being private timber company lands. We have been operating our outfitting business in this same area for over twenty years. If you are whitetail deer hunting in Idaho this year, give our guide service a call.
Whitetail hunting this area since 1981, gives us a very good idea on deer movements during any weather condition. We use tree stands for the most part and set these up so the hunter can see the deer and size him up better than any other method. We wait until the rut is on before hunting, so we can give you a fair hunt. Being able to walk and travel off the road systems will improve the hunter’s chance on getting a truly good trophy whitetail deer. We offer both archery and rifle hunts. We have the number 2 archery whitetail buck taken in Idaho and several others in the record book.
Stan Longyear with his 2005 P&Y bull
We offer very limited Idaho elk hunting for archery and rifle hunters that don’t want the hassle of dealing with horses. We take a maximum of 4 archery hunters and 6 rifle hunters a season. Five and six point bulls are not uncommon. Big bulls can be taken by hunters that will walk and hunt hard by getting into the hiding places of those old smart bulls.
We use ATVs and trucks to get you to tree stands or feeding areas to hunt. It gets very remote and wild if you can get off the road systems, giving you a chance for a good bull. We will not have more than 4 hunters in our 130 sq. mile area on these hunts. Deer can also be taken on these hunts as well as black bear.
We hunt bear with hounds with Reggear Outfitters both spring and fall and also offer limited bait hunts. We have always stayed between 85-95% success the last 15 years. Last year we were 100% and received another 100 sq. miles to hunt in 2006. Spring hunts are May and bait hunts in Mid June. 50% of bears are color-phased and we consider a 6' squared rug as a trophy. During different times of the year these bears will weigh from 250 to 4560 lbs. Success rates are the same spring or fall as these bear always live in this large area and unlike some areas we can get into all of it during season. Cougar hunts start December 1st in Montana. Last three years we have taken 10 lions for 11 hunters. Average length of hunt was 2 days per hunter before they scored. After this hunt is over we move to Idaho and hunt from Mid-December through March. Our dogs can catch lions when there is no snow although it is harder. Most of our clients have hunted two or three hunts elsewhere and still need a lion and then come with us to become successful. Catching a lion is the easy part if you can find a good track to run. With these conditions we run around 100%. When conditions are poor with no snow or rain (which is common) we still maintain a high success rate. This is what we feel puts us at the top of the list of hound hunting outfitters. If you are looking for an area that produces large mature lions and guides that can catch them in poor conditions and have equipment to get into all of our area. Look into these great hunts.
Our whitetail hunts average 90-95% success on bucks with 120-140 class bucks
common. Over the last 20 years, the largest buck is always over 150 class with
several B & C bucks being taken in this area. We strive to get a buck bigger
than our hunters have taken before which means we cater to each hunter’s
Non Resident License and Tag Fees for 2010
Elk Tag (A or B)
Archery or Muzzleloader Permit
Outfitter Mike Stockton with
a 186 lb. B&C Lion in 2000
Trip Schedule and Price List for 2010
All hunts in Idaho require 6% sales tax added to all trips!
- Mountain Lion Hunts
6-day hunts $4500.00
Season November 20 - March 31
- Spring or Fall Bear
5-Day Hunts $3,500.00 and guaranteed is $4,500.00
May, Sept. - Oct.
- Archery Elk, Deer and Bear Hunts
6-Day hunt $3,500.00 each
8 Days with bear hunt $5,950.00 (with hounds)
- Rifle Elk and Deer Hunts
6 days of hunting 2 to 4 hunters total $3,800.00 each
This price is for 2 animals, one elk and one deer or two deer. This is the best week for both animals.
- November Trophy Whitetail Deer - Guided
5-Day hunt - $2,900.00
6-Day hunt for 2 deer - $3,600.00
- 2010 Recession Deer and Elk hunts
5 day semi-guided elk hunts room/board and we guide 3-4 hunters- $2000
Whitetail Deer Hunts 3 full day hunts Same as our fully guided hunts but 2 days shorter $1800 and $400 kill fee up front, if you don’ t wound or kill a deer then I will refund your $400 at the end of the hunt. Call for details!!!
Carol Killean's 1st whitetail 163 pts.
Stan Longyear with his 2005 P&Y bull
Business issues for Clients – Contract Information: This statement and price list is my binding contract. Being Licensed and Bonded in Idaho by the state assures clients providing funds for an avenue to ensure you get what is promised. Since I am a hunter and stay in the woods most of the year, I get this information to you up front to save both parties time and energy and money. Prices reflect the money owed our business. We have to collect the taxes and user fees for the state and federal government. Also the tag and license fees are extra through the IDF&G. We only collect them and your information, and purchase your tags as a service to help your trip run smoothly. This way you get the right tag for the trip you book, which is rather confusing with the new Fish and Game regulations. Hunts that require horse travel usually have a pack in day followed by a pack out day. All other hunts are the advertised length of the hunt. We will explain the hunt to you before you book, we will all know if it is the hunt you want.
Elk and Deer tags go on sale December 1, so planning early is a good idea.
The F&G are starting implementation of new regulation for Idaho this season,
which will bring many changes. Since we have been on the committees the last
couple of years we understand these changes are can explain them to you. Your
tags will come out of the Outfitters Set-Aside Pool when you contract a hunt
Because we are in the mountains most of the year, and I stay in the camps to manage the hunts, we usually get backed up on the paperwork. This is a weak part of our business, so you know right up front. That is why I try to get it done before the season starts. I am proud of the fact that my clients know I am a man of my word and will say it like it is up front. I will tell you the specifics of your trip and what I expect and we expect you to do likewise. This way we will have a great time. This is a business and we have a lot of responsibilities to take on before you arrive. We have a fair payment plan set up to help this out. If you want to book a hunt over the phone, we will hold it for seven days so the mail can get the deposit check to us. We will not hold a spot for you without a deposit! We will not purchase your License and Tags from F & G without first receiving your funds. We will not take personal checks within 30 days of your hunts. NO EXCEPTIONS!!! Also we require all hunts to be paid up 30 days before the start of the hunt, mainly, so I don’t have to do books on the mountain just days before a hunt. These deposits are non-refundable and are to hold you the spot you booked. If you fail to pay any payments, the spot and deposits are forfeited. Deposits can be changed to another open hunt in that year. Bookings a year in advance can hold a spot till Dec. 20th, with a $200.00 deposit. An example of this was a lion hunt that was booked for November 2000, I kept a cook and two guides on the payroll and had food bought for the hunt, the client left an email four days before the hunt that he wanted to change the trip for a spring bear hunt, I lost the spot I could have booked again and my expenses were already spent for the trip. His business decision not to come was because of his business, my part was followed through. Since we book only a few number of hunters, we cannot take this loss unless we raise every hunters fee to make up for this part of the business. Therefore, I have these rules to protect the other clients.
We reserve the right to refuse service to anybody we feel jeopardizes the trips and health of our guest, help or animals. We also reserve the right to cancel trips due to unsafe conditions, weather, etc. We recommend trip insurance in case you get hurt or for some reason can’t make this hunt. This covers anything else I am not responsible for!
7'10" bear with Belinda Stockton 2005
We have no control over the weather, fires, season closures or date changes, breakdowns or sickness. We are proud of the fact that we have never canceled a hunt that somebody planned. Even the massive fires of 2000 in the west only caused us logistic problems, but we ran smoothly. Your abilities as a hunter, as well as your shooting ability will be as important as your guide’s abilities in the field. Your physical and mental condition will dictate the enjoyment and success of the trip. You are in the rough, wild and remote areas on most hunts, which warrants added attention. This is what makes these hunts “hunting experiences” and not game shoots. Therefore, there are no guarantees! We can only promise to try to give the best trip to our clients as is humanly possible, without pricing the hunts our of reach for the hunter. Most of our camps have improvements for comfort as much as the managing agencies allow. IDAHO WHITETAIL ADVENTURES caters to hunters that want a solid no-frills hunting camp, but yet want to enjoy it too. Our long term dedication to this lifestyle shows in the improvements of our business year after year. We feel we have among the best camps for comfort, closeness to game, and logistics in the outfitting industry. This coincides with these camps being in some of the best spots for game in Idaho. Success rates in the last 20 years in the same area our management practices help make this part of the unit able to provide higher than average success rates. We will be honest with your chances and the amount of game harvested or seen the previous years and ask you to talk to our references to check us out before you book a hunt. Make sure what we say is true and you have confidence in our abilities to give you a good hunt. Remember, bull elk and trophy whitetails are the hardest animals to hunt in North America.
These prices include all of our costs. I do not charge for pickup in town to our camp and taking the game to the processor. This is a convenience for us, since we are in town to get groceries, anyway. Processing of your game is extra, most of our hunters prefer to leave their deer meat here since they usually harvest deer at home also. We collect a $50.00 fee for processing and have you write a proxy slip and then the processor will find a needy family for your deer. Like all service businesses, tipping is appreciated to the support staff that is making your trip memorable. I have tried to answer most of the questions that we are asked every year.
Big game hunting and handling guests is a way of life for us. I have been
guiding hunters for 23 years in Idaho. We are leaders in the business as our
excellent reputation states year after year. We are here because of the love
of the woods, excitement and competition of getting guests in sight of game,
and the feeling at the end of the season that we helped you enjoy a little
bit of Idaho! Hope to see you this year!
Idaho Whitetail Adventures
Mike and Belinda Stockton
P.O. Box 265
Orofino, Idaho 83544
Phone (208) 476-7074 Fax: (208) 476-7074
Idaho whitetail deer hunting at it finest!
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