We use a wide variety of bear hunting techniques including baits
with either tree stand or ground blinds and the exciting
hound hunt. The bear in our area come in a wide variety of
color phases ranging from blond to black.
The majority of our bear hunters prefer the spring hunt, but we
do take a limited number of hunters during the fall. Fall
hunts can also be combined with Elk and Deer. The bear population
is high and trophy quality excellent.
Wilderness Outfitters has the exclusive commercial hunting rights
for an area of over 350 square miles for Bear hunting in central
Idaho. We are avid outdoorsmen
and have grown up hunting and trapping all types of animals.
hunts are conducted from a drive in base camp. You will be staying in
cabins at Sawtooth Lodge in Grandjean. This enables us to be mobile and
utilize the entire area as the snow melts.
have several active baits per hunter throughout the entire bear
season and provide tree stands with safety harnesses or ground blinds.
On the average we have 3 baits per hunter. Most of our tree
stands are set for archery and hand gun hunters. During the
day we will be glassing the hillsides and tending bait sites.
After a hearty early evening meal, you will be sitting a bait site.
Although most bear are harvested during the evening, we do use trail
timers and often sit baits during the morning hours. We use
a variety of bait and scents to attract the bear in our area.
We have very few biting insects and you will not have to contend
with the biting black flies as in other areas. We have Karelian
bear dogs trained to follow a blood trail which enables us to recover
wounded bear that normally might not be found while still maintaining
love the outdoors and the thrill of the hunt, especially when following
a pack of well trained hounds. We have been raising and
training hounds for over 40 years. On occasion we also hire
qualified, licensed guides to assist in the hunt. This allows
us to cover more country and increases your chances of success. We
use radios for communication and dog tracking equipment. This
allows us to make the most of your time while hunting. Most
hound hunting is done early in the day and you are welcome to
sit baits in the evening.
After your animal is harvested, your guides will skin and prepare
the hide for your taxidermist. If you don't already have one,
we can recommend several good taxidermists in the area.
Idaho has very liberal weapon restrictions and bear can be hunted
with bow, rifle, muzzleloader or hand gun.
Include in the cost of the hunt is all lodging, meals, transportation
including to and from the Boise airport, guide fees and trophy care.
Not included in the cost is license and tag, sales tax and gratuities.
License and tags are sold over the counter and we will assist you
in purchasing them.
The State of Idaho encourages youth hunting for both residents and
non-residents. The Idaho Fish and Game has a junior mentor
program with greatly reduced license and tag fees. We at Sawtooth
Wilderness Outfitters also encourage families with young hunters
and offer a 25% discount for juniors ages 10 to 18 the first time
they hunt with us. This is a great opportunity to encourage
young hunters and get them started with a good hunting experience.
15th - June 30th. August 30th - October 31st. 5 day hunts.
Non-Resident License Information
Mentor Ages 12-17 License Information
Mentored Hunting License
Mentored Bear Tag
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A 40% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your hunt and
check, money order, personal check and all major credit cards are all
accepted. The balance
is due 30 days before your hunt begins. In addition to the
base price, Idaho also requires a 6% sales tax. Gratuities
are not mandatory, however, it is customary to tip your guide, packer
and cook if you feel they did a good job for you.
Wilderness Outfitters is a member of the Idaho Outfitters and Guides
Association, America Outdoors National Outfitter and Guides Association,
bonded and licensed by the State of Idaho and permitted on the Boise
National Forest and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
All of our guides are professionals who are licensed by the State
of Idaho and meet current first aid requirements.
are responsible for letting the outfitter know of any special medical
and dietary needs prior to trip. Special dietary needs can
easily be accommodated with advance notice.
Please call us for available dates.
we spend most of our time in the backcountry away from our computer,
a phone call is the fastest way to contact us.
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