First come, first served
Idaho ranch available to unguided deer and elk hunters in 2014
If you have a group of two to four hunters who are looking for an exclusive place to hunt mule deer or elk, consider this ranch, which is within 15 miles of Malad, Idaho, in Unit 73. The rancher leased it out for the first time last year to a group of three rifle deer hunters. They killed two bucks after seeing 12 bucks the day before the season, but the hunter who did not score was not in good physical shape for hunting.
The ranch is 2,500 acres that is all deer habitat with a mixture of brush, aspens up high, and CRP that has been planted for wildlife. A cabin is available for lodging, and there's a shower house and a bowery for cooking meals. The land blocks thousands of acres of walk-in hunting area although none of the three hunters last year left the deeded acreage on the ranch.
The owner put a trailcam on a water hole last year. Here are some of his pictures. His son shot a 32-incher before they leased the ranch.
Cow elk tags are available over the counter. A landowner permit for bull elk is available in 2015 and will be offered first to the group that takes the deer hunt this year.
There are starting to be quite a few elk in the area. Rifle hunters have to draw, and there's still time to do that this year. Deer licenses must be applied for, but the state issues a tag to anybody who applies by the early June deadline.
Archery elk tags are available over the counter. There are some big bulls in this unit because rifle elk tags are limited. The odds of drawing a rifle bull elk tag were about 5% last year.
We would like to have one rifle deer group of four hunters, a pair of rifle elk hunters if they can draw tags, and two elk bowhunters. Each group will have access to ther anch as well as the walk-in area. Hunts are unguided but include cabin lodging. You bring your own meals and transportation.
Rifle deer hunters can hunt the entire seven-day season, which starts Oct. 10. Archery elk takes place Aug. 30-Sept. 30, 2014. Bowhunters can hunt for two weeks.
All hunts are $3,000 per person. You'll have the ranch for your group and can hunt the walk-in area as well.