Elk Hunting


Archery, Muzzleloader, Rifle

We hunt elk, we live elk, we have a passion for elk. We are avid bowmen ourselves, with the two lead guides having a combined 36 years of bowhunting experience. There is nothing quite like chasing elk in the fall, it frees the spirit and lets one disconnect from the stresses of everyday life. We offer a variety of elk hunts. Wilderness hunts with guaranteed tags, spot and stalk archery hunts with guaranteed tags, November spike hunts with guaranteed tags, early and late season cow hunts with guaranteed tags and trophy rifle hunts with a select number of guaranteed tags. We utilize a private land base camp, backcountry wall tent camps, as well as off your back bivy camps. HCO owns 30 head of bullet proof mountain stock to support our backcountry endeavors. We operate in outstanding elk units, with high density and good trophy quality. HCO has your elk hunt.

HCOElk-7Hunt the Lemhi Zone using bow or rifle. Experience diverse terrain with high elk densities, low depredation, and quality bulls with expert guides, quality stock and the best gear. Combo your elk hunt with deer, pronghorn, bear and/or wolf. Additional trophy fees apply to private land deer and combo hunts. Please inquire.
HCOElk-8Pack into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness for a remote backcountry adventure. This is nature at its core, untampered and untamed. Make sure your physical abilities are up to the challenge posed by steep, rugged terrain. Combo your elk hunt with wolf, bear, lion and/or deer for no additional charge.
HCOMountinaMan-1Experience the truest form of hunting. This is an off your back, backcountry hunt with only necessary horse support for extraction of meat. Hunter and guide will carry with them all supplies for a 5 day hunt. This hunt is only for those with the physical abilities and experience to cover rugged backcountry terrain with a pack on their back. Hunter and guide will set up mini camps as they dissect the wilderness in search of game. After this hunt, you will be proud of what you have accomplished, and you can truly call yourself a backcountry hunter. Combo this hunt with deer, wolf and bear.

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).  HCO has a 3D archery range and rifle range for hunters to dial in their weapon on the afternoon prior to the first day of the hunt.  All HCO hunts include lodging, transportation, guides, stock, tack, food and gear for rent during their respective hunts.  Taxidermy and processing are not included.  HCO can ship meat 2 or 3 day UPS following the season for the cost of shipping plus a holding fee for the processor.  We can also deliver trophies to a taxidermist for a small gas surcharge at which point payments and shipping would be negotiated with the taxidermist directly.  If you are driving, please bring coolers for meat.  Accommodations outside of the hunting days can be set up at The Watermark Inn in Challis, Idaho. Add-ons can be affected by seasonality and location.  Please contact us to discuss add-ons.  Dates and prices are subject to change.

Location Weapon Trip Type Dates Price Add-Ons
Lemhi Zone Any Weapon Antlered, Rover, Backcountry Camp, Private Land Base Camp 10/1-10/31 (8 days therein – 6 hunt days) $9,500 Deer, Wolf, Bear, Lion
Lemhi Zone Any Weapon Youth Only, Antlerless Only, Private Land Base Camp 10/1-11/20 (5 days therein, 3 hunt days) $1,800 Deer, Wolf, Bear, Lion
Lemhi Zone Any Weapon Antlerless Only, Private Land Base Camp 11/4-11/24 (5 days therein, 3 hunt days) $2,500 Wolf, Bear, Lion
Lemhi Zone Any Weapon Spike Elk Only, Private Land Base Camp 11/1-11/7 (5 days therein, 3 hunt days) $2,500 / $2,000 Wolf, Lion
Lemhi Zone Muzzleloader Muzzleloader Only, Antlerless Only, Private Land Base Camp 11/25-12/9 (5 days therein, 3 hunt days) $2,500 Short Range White Tail Deer, Wolf
Lemhi Zone Any Weapon Antlerless Only Near Cultivated Fields 8/1-9/30 (5 days therein, 3 hunt days) $1,800 / $1,250 Deer, Wolf, Bear, Lion
Lemhi Zone Archery Either Sex, Rover, Backcountry Camp 8/30-9/3, 9/7-9/11, 9/16-9/20, 9/24-9/28 (5-6 hunt days) $5,500 / $4,500 Deer, Wolf, Bear
Lemhi Zone Archery Either Sex, Private Land Base Camp 8/30-9/3, 9/7-9/12, 9/16-9/20, 9/24-9/28 (5-6 hunt days) $6,000 / $4,750 Deer, Wolf, Bear
Salmon Zone Any Weapon Antlered, Backcountry Camp 10/18-10/22, 10/25-10/30, (5 hunt days) $6,500 / $5,500 Deer, Wolf, Bear, Lion

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