The Salmon River Ranch is primarily made up flat open country, covered in several miles of dense / thick patches of red willows that follow the meandering streams in the lush river bottoms. There is lots of beautiful meadows full of tall native grasses and sage, all completely surrounded by agriculture fields that sit at the base of several predominant mountain ranges. This is an absolutely pristine and scenic property.
The property is located within the Lemhi Region in Units 37 & 37A. During our Archery Hunts, we utilize the OTC Lemhi Region A Tag, we are able to hunt the entire property. If you are looking to hunt with a Rifle, all of the rifle hunting is done on the Unit 37 side of the property. Rifle Hunters will have to Apply, they have annually issued 6 tags to Non-residents. Idaho currently doesn't have a Point System in place, so everyone is on the same playing field. The draw odds in 2017 for a NR Unit 37 Rifle Tag were roughly sitting around 10%, so chances of drawing a tag here were slightly better than some other units from across the state.
We have a very large resident elk herd that uses our property in August, September, & October as a primary area to rut and as a travel corridor between their feeding and bedding areas. A large majority of our hunting takes place early in the mornings right at day break, and or late in the evenings. We try to ambush the elk as they come to and from their bedding / feeding areas. We hunt these elk several different ways, we utilize our Xenek ground blinds, ambush on well used trails, spot and stalk, or we will try to lure them in by calling.
Hunting typically takes place early in the mornings and late in the evenings, we try to back off the property during the mid day hours to keep the elk comfortable. After the morning hunt we typically head back to the lodge to rest and have some lunch, unless we have several bulls bugling still!
We try our best to keep the human pressure to a minimum, this has created greater opportunity and overall experience, we maintain this by running a very limited number of both archery and rifle hunters. The little pressure over the past 5+ years has allowed for quite a few bulls to reach maturity, you can expect to be hunting 240 - 300" bulls on average, with 310-320"+ potential.
What's Included: WHC guide assistance, private access, lodging, food, all of travel during the hunt, assistance with trophy prep & meat care, & transportation to the meat processor.
What's Not Included: ID hunting license, Lemhi Zone Elk A tag ($416.75), transportation to / from the lodge, trophy care, meat processing shipping / fees (WHC is not responsible for getting your meat home) & or the guide gratuities.
*Most of our hunters drive and meet us at the lodge, however if you are flying, arrangements can be made for us to pick you up at the airport in Idaho Falls or Missoula.
The Hunts: Our archery hunts are 6 days / 7 nights. Our Rifle Hunts are 5 days / 6 Nights.
Arrive the afternoon (2pm) before the hunt starts and depart the morning (10am) after your scheduled last day.
Add 2nd Archery Cow Elk at $950; Archery Antelope at $950; Archery Management Whitetail $1,500
2019 Archery Hunts Available:
Archery Elk Hunt Dates:
September 1 - 6; (2 Hunters) at $5,500/per
September 8 - 13; (2 Hunters) at $5,500/per
September 15 - 20; (2 Hunters) at $5,500/per
September 22 - 27; (3 Hunters) at $5,000/per
2019 Rifle Elk Hunt Dates:
October 1 - 5; (1 Hunter) at $8,500