Bear Hunting


Archery, Rifle

Into the Wilderness

Spring season offers the most opportune time to harvest bear in the Idaho Rockies.  HCO operates in prime bear country and brings a unique approach to the sport of bear hunting.  We harvest black bear of various different color phases including blonde, chocolate, cinnamon, black and combinations.  Coats are thick and make for wonderful trophies.  HCO does not offer fall stand alone bear hunts, but incidental bear can be an add-on in the fall.

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Those are 2 things that typically do not go together.  Bear and spot and stalk.  Our wilderness spot and stalk bear hunts introduce hunters to a true bear hunting experience.  There will be no riding a 4 wheeler to a bear bait during this hunt. Hunters can plan on hunting all day.  Hunters and guides will be based out of a remote camp accessible only by horse and mule and on foot.  The unique landscape in our operating area allows us to glass for bear and work in for a shot often times undetected by the feeding bears.  We combo this hunt with wolf and do consistently have wolf encounters during these spring bear hunts.  Experience a one of a kind hunt with HCO.  Hunters will be hunting at altitudes ranging from 3,000 to 6,500 feet.
Bait hunts offer exceptional opportunity and success, and this bear hunt is no exception.  We harvest black bears with a multitude of color phases during this hunt.  Bait sites will be accessed daily for the course of this hunt.  Expect to ride a horse, hike and spend some time setup on bait waiting for your trophy to arrive.  Hunters will be hunting at altitudes ranging from 5,000 to 8,000 feet.

Rates and Dates

Days shown indicate hunting days in the field.  Hunting days can be affected by up to a half day (typically in addition to the dates shown) depending on camp location and other factors.  HCO asks hunters to arrive and depart at the day and time indicated on the booking contract. HCO will typically limit it to two (2) hunters per camp with a maximum of four (4).  All HCO hunts include lodging, transportation, guides, stock, tack, food and gear for rent during their respective hunts.  Taxidermy and processing are not included.  Accommodations outside of the hunting days can be set up at The Watermark Inn in Challis, Idaho.  Dates and prices are subject to change.

Location Weapon Trip Type Dates Price Add-Ons
Salmon Zone Any Weapon Backcountry Camp, Bear Wolf Combo 4/10-4/13, 4/17-4/20, 4/24-4/27, 5/1-5/4 $3,750 / $3,250 Wolf Included
Lemhi Zone Any Weapon Private Land Base Camp or The Watermark Inn 5/9-5/12, 5/16-5/19, 5/23-5/26, 5/30-6/2, 6/6-6/9 $3,350 / $2,750 $250 per day for hounds to run bear (if available)

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