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Idaho Big Game Hunting and Fishing

Overview

Idaho Big Game Hunting and Fishing

Our Idaho big game hunting and fishing lodge sits on a 5,000 acre ranch is nestled in beautiful Lawyer’s Creek Canyon boasting an abundance of wildlife and majestic views of north central Idaho. This diverse and dramatic landscape is unlike any other you have seen, an ideal place to make memories.

This select lodge is perfect for the well rounded outdoorsman that wants it all in one location. Welcome to North America’s most versatile outdoor hunting and fishing lodge. Nestled in North Central Idaho’s Lawyer Creek Canyon, the free range 5000 acre ranch lies just outside Kamiah, ID with exclusive outfitter rights to 740,000 acres of Special Permit Areas in the Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests of North Central Idaho. Whether you are looking for wingshooting, fishing, mtn. lion, black bear, mule deer, elk or Merriam turkey, this is the ultimate outdoor and wilderness adventure.

Idaho Big Game Hunting and Fishing
Idaho Big Game Hunting and Fishing

Every detail of your trip will be arranged for you from the moment your flight arrives until your trip draws to a close. We pride ourselves on offering inclusive adventures, always upfront on pricing, so that only good surprises await you from start to finish.

As you enjoy rustic luxury at its finest, we strive to make you feel at home with friendly staff members, an antique built-in cooler stocked with bottled water, soft drinks, beer, and a kitchen full of hearty snacks that we invite you to help yourself to day or night with no additional cost to you.

At the  lodge you will find the perfect balance between a full service destination and the freedom to relax and feel at home. The experienced staff love what they do and it shows. You will find that this team of fun and friendly professionals are more like a family, and you leave feeling like a family friend, more than a guest. With over 32 years in business and some quests returning for 25 years or more, it’s clear there is something truly special about this experience.

Whether you are fishing, wingshooting, hunting big game, or enjoying a quiet weekend in the outdoors, your trip-of-a-lifetime begins with our dedicated staff members who are passionate about sharing with you, the incredible outdoor experiences that their breathtaking home has to offer.

 

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Species: Black Bear, Merriam Turkey, Mtn. Lion, Upland Birds, Mule Deer, Whitetail, High Mtn. Grouse, Chukar, and Steelhead
Capacity: 24
Location: North Central Idaho
Season: Varies depending on game
Method: Varies depending on game
Lodging: Rustic upscal lodge and spike camps
Food: Chef prepared at the lodge and great camp cooking at spike camps
Trip Length: Varies
Transport: Guide Vehicles, ATV's, Snowmobiles
Guided: Yes
Weather:

Shooting

Wingshooting:
Season Dates: August 15-April 15

Find yourself in Lawyer Creek canyon where a mix of pheasant, Hungarian partridge, quail, and chukar flourish.  Hunt the valley for pheasant and coveys of huns & quail or test your skills on our famous chukar hunting on the ridge lines overlooking the canyon.   Hunt over the ranch’s German Shorthairs and English Pointers; they’re their pride and joy!

Wingshooting adventures include THREE- DAY / FOUR-NIGHT and TWO-DAY / THREE-NIGHT packages, as well as a CAST-and-BLAST package combining two days of wingshooting with one day of steelhead fishing in a single great package.

Hunting areas are accessed by customized vehicles. Each outing is a personalized experience providing plenty of shooting with no bag limits.  Rates are offered “all inclusive” which includes lodging and meals; beverages; professional guides; bird dogs; airport shuttles; shotgun shells; shotgun if needed; processing and packaging of game birds; shipment of birds to your address; wingshooting and fishing licenses.

High Mountain Grouse Hunts:

Grouse hunting here will make you feel like you are on top of the world.  Views are breathtaking as you walk in on that German Shorthair holding point in that sub-alpine scrub brush.  With two species of grouse to hunt, bag limits for these wild birds are 4 per day.  A day of grouse hunting may be added to any of the early season wingshooting trips.

There is nowhere else in the country like it.  Traveling to the heart of the Rocky Mountains in search of what some believe to be the most sporting free-range upland game birds in the world.  Blue and Ruffed grouse flourish in the mountain ranges surrounding the ranch giving guests a chance to fill their bird vests with limits of both species.

Hunting over well trained German Shorthairs and English Pointers will create a bird hunting experience unimaginable.  Traveling almost 6000 vertical feet to your hunting destination, you will feel on top of the world with habitat and views you’ve never experienced.

Rates are offered “all inclusive” which includes lodging and meals; beverages; professional guides; bird dogs; airport shuttles; shotgun shells; shotgun if needed; processing and packaging of game birds; shipment of birds to your address; wingshooting and fishing licenses.

Black Bear Hunting:
Season:  Spring is April thru June

Black bear hunting at this Ranch has been booming for years now with an average of over 2.5 bears per square mile!  Using both spot/stalk and baiting methods of hunting, they guide you into North Central Idaho’s greatest concentration of bears where a 2 bear harvest is allowed. This outfitter sees an average of 1.3 bears harvested per hunter on bait hunts and 70% success on spot and stalk hunts. The beauty of the color phases of our bears is what attracts many of our hunters.  Colors of the bears range from blond, cinnamon, reddish chocolate, and traditional black.  Their guests harvest 30-40 bears per season from either a luxurious log lodge or backcountry camps.

Choose from backcountry outfitted camps or staying in the comfort of the lodge.

As with all of their hunts, youth (12-17) hunt for half price with a full paying adult! Bear hunts occur during the months of April through June with abilities of accommodating large groups. With many camps and hunting options, they will make your hunting trip with them unforgettable.

Black Bear/Turkey Combo Hunt:
Season:  April 15-May 25 (Prime is first two weeks of May)

The black bear/turkey combo hunt allows you the opportunity for two bear and one turkey.  A second turkey can be added for an additional trophy fee of $500 plus a second tag.  You will be hunting from the nice lodge on this trip.

You have two options on this trip.  First, the hunter hunts for turkey for two days and bear for three days.  You willl not hunt both animals on the same day.  For instance, you might spend two days turkey hunting for the entire day and three days hunting for bear the entire day.

The second option is to hunt both species each day.  On this hunt you will have a turkey guide and a bear guide.  This schedule keeps the hunter from very long days.  If you hunt both turkey and bear on the same day, you will be up at 3:30 a.m. for turkey and afternoon bear until late, putting you in the bed at 11:30 p.m.!  A very unusual hunt combo.

Bear hunts are typically over baits but can be done from the ground.  some bow hunters enjoy sitting on the ground glassing in the area of a bait and when they see the right bear headed to the bait, they stalk for the shot.

Mountain Lion Hunts:
Season: December 1 – March 31 (January and February are prime)

The sound a hound dog makes when running on the scent of a Lion is an experience that cannot be put into words. For those who desire a unique and fun-filled hunting experience, they offer fully-guided (2 guides per hunter) Mountain Lion hunts out of their 14,000 sq ft lodge during the months of December through March.

Nothing in the outdoors compares to the superior disdain in the eyes of a Mountain Lion as his gaze catches yours. Every discerning outdoorsman should meet that look, and this outfitter is the best in the business at providing you with that opportunity. Using hound dogs, snowmobiles and snowshoes, they guide you into elk and deer wintering grounds in search of a fresh kill or lion track. From here is when the chase begins and we all hope it ends at the tree!

They are able to offer these Mountain Lion hunts in conjunction with bobcat, steelhead fishing, and wingshooting at your option. Snow conditions can play a major part in the difficulty of the hunt, so to better accommodate guests, they also offer “on call” hunts during the months of December and March.

If you bag your lion early you may continue to hunt bobcat, wolf or do some upland bird hunting for the duration of your hunt. Your only extra expenses would be for the tags and if you wanted extra birds released. There’s plenty to keep you entertained for the 7 days!

Deer Hunts:
Season – Whitetail – Early October through early December
Mule Deer – Early October through early November
The mule deer in the area average 150-170 B&C and whitetail 120-140 B&C

Mule Deer with a bow:
Season – Late August through September

This is a great opportunity at a spot and stalk bow hunt for mule deer!  You will stay at the lodge. Hunt on the mountain plateaus on agricultural fields and on rocky ridges where the mule deer bed down.  The deer this time of the year are very patterned.  Your guide will drive you to the mountain top and your hunt will begin from that point each day.  The mule deer in the area average 150-170 B&C.  Tags are available over the counter for this hunt.  The tag is for a mule deer.  You can purchase a second tag for whitetail for a trophy fee. There are no trophy fees on mule deer.

There are a lot of mule deer in this area and you will normally have several stalks each day.

Turkey Hunting:

The private 5000 acre ranch is home to an abundant population of Merriam wild turkeys.  The steep timbered ridges leading down to flat meadows make our turkey hunting unique and challenging.  The breathtaking views of the ranch in the springtime combined with an early morning gobble of a mature tom is sure to get any hunter’s heart pumping.

Turkey hunting at this ranch is most often combined with our spring bear hunt.  These combination hunts are conducted from the lodge where you will enjoy the rustic elegance of our 14,000 square foot lodge and all its amenities.

Populations of the Merriam subspecies-now prevalent throughout North Central Idaho-have grown dramatically on the ranch and two-bird limits are now in effect.  Whether your desire is a straight turkey hunt or a bear/turkey combination, the turkeys will challenge even the most discerning turkey hunter.

Your guide will scout the roost each evening in order to place you in a prime location each morning.

Season:  April 15-May 25

Cast and Blast Packages:

There is no better place than this ranch to enjoy fishing for trophy steelhead paired with our world-class wingshooting.  As a dual Orvis Endorsed wingshooting and fishing Lodge, you will get the chance to fish the nationally recognized Clearwater River, as well as hunt behind some of the best upland hunting dogs in existence.

CAST-and-BLAST packages combine two days of wingshooting with one day of steelhead fishing in a single great package.  Base your trip right out of the rustic lodge and experience a true sportsman’s paradise.  Idaho’s Clearwater River is home to the legendary “B-run” steelhead that can produce that fish of a lifetime.  Depending on the age of the fish, it’s not uncommon to see fish caught 10 to 15 pounds with many exceeding 20 pounds!

Wingshooting is found right out the back door of the lodge where sportsmen can pursue chukar on the open slopes, the pheasant on the valley floor or the canyon fields for Hungarian partridge.  Hunting over thier very own lines of German Shorthairs and English Pointers will prove their dedication to providing world-class wingshooting.  Hunting areas are accessed by customized vehicles, and fishing is done out of drift boat.  Each outing is a personalized experience providing plenty of shooting with no bag limits and majestic views of the river.

Hunter Education Card Requirements:

Individuals born after January 1, 1975 must complete a hunter education course to purchase an Idaho hunting license or show proof of a previously held valid hunting license in Idaho or another state.

Fishing

the lodge is home to some of the best fishing water in North America; paired with rustic elegant lodging. The fishing guides have years of wisdom on the water utilizing both fly-fishing and spin-tackle equipment as your tools. The team will cater to your skill level and give you an experience that will make you realize fishing is not just a hobby; it’s a passion!

Steelhead (Rainbow trout that goes to the ocean)

They offer Steelhead and Salmon fishing adventures from our Orvis Endorsed fishing lodge from October 1st through March 15th. Fishing the Clearwater River, a nationally recognized fishery, and we have access to over seventy miles of this pristine water.

A typical day starts out with a hearty breakfast at the lodge followed by just a short drive to one of many boat launches. Once on the water, guides will drift or power you into the best fishing holes the Clearwater River has to offer. Once a fish is hooked, the adrenalin starts pumping!

Back Country Fly Fishing – Cutthroat Trout Fishing Experience:

An Orvis Endorsed fishing destination, the rustic accommodations, is home to some of the best fishing water.  The fishing guides have years of wisdom on the water utilizing both fly-fishing and spin-tackle equipment as your tools. The team will cater to your skill level and give you an experience that will make you realize fishing is not just a hobby; it’s a passion!

The scenery of Osprey Creek country is a delight all its own. After a short horseback ride into our deluxe backcountry campsite, you’ll cast your fly into native Westslope Cutthroat and Rainbow trout in one of the most productive streams in the West.

Osprey Camp is outfitted with large wall tents with wood floors, running water at all tents, hot showers, comfortable sleeping, and quality cuisine. Past guests rave about the upscale accommodations in such a beautiful setting.

Osprey Creek, twenty-seven miles of unspoiled catch-and-release fishing water, is a favorite for the avid fly-fisherman. Guides are skillful instructors who will have you catching fish shortly after your arrival to camp. The beauty of Osprey Creek is truly something that has to be experienced firsthand.

You will find that not only is the fishing superb in Osprey Creek, so is the dining!  Our lodge chef travel back into camp to prepare gourmet dutch oven meals along with many fire barbeque favorites.  There are limited trips throughout the months of July and August, so reserve your spot early!

Steelhead fishing is conducted from October through Early March. Depending on the time of your fishing excursion; they have spin tackle, traditional fly rod and spey rod equipment to hook onto that big one.  Drift boats and Jet boats have allowed them to reach more fishable river water and enhanced opportunity. They have made sure that regardless of what mother nature dishes out, they will give you the best opportunites to hook into that world renowned Clearwater River Steelhead.  With fish weighing over 20lbs, you will find this to be a rewarding sport to land such an aggressive and large fish. River fishing does not get any better than this!

Salmon

They offer spring Salmon fishing adventures from the Orvis Endorsed fishing lodge during the months of May and June. Fishing is at its best during the morning hours, so this trip is very popular to do in conjunction with a bear or turkey hunt from our lodge. For a diversified sporting trip, enjoy fishing in the morning and afternoon hunting for black bear.

Salmon can range from 15-30 lbs with varied bag limits depending on the predicted fish run. These amazing fish travel over 500 river miles to spawn and are a delicacy to put on the dinner table!

At your option, the culinary experts will take your catch and prepare it for you at dinner.

Fish for Smallmouth Bass on the Clearwater River or Dworshak Resevoir:  August to Septmeber

The Clearwater River offers some of the best small mouth bass fishing in Idaho.  We target the bass by fishing out of our drift boats with either spinning equipment or pulling poppers on the surface with a fly rod.

The Dworshak Reservoir sits behind the 3rd highest dam in the United States, and is where the Idaho state record small mouth bass was caught, weighing in at 9.7 lbs.  Enjoy the comfort of our jet sled as you visit different sections of the lake in search of trophy size small mouth bass.

We offer trips for smallmouth bass fishing from August to September.

Make a Difference

This lodge is extremely active in the community of hunters!  Here is a link to the Idaho National Resource Foundation that they participate in for youth hunts on the ranch:  http://www.idahonaturalresource.org/about-inrf/inrf-projects/  When you book a hunt with this lodge, you will give a small donation of about $10 to help fund this excellent foundation.

Each year several Wounded Warrior hunts are hosted for Mule deer and uplands hunts.  As for the meat from the hunt that is not taken home by hunters, they are active in donating meat to the local community based on need.  Your hunt at this lodge will promote their opportunities to give back in so many ways!

Lodging

Central to any outdoor adventure at this Ranch is the 14,000 sq. ft. lodge. The lodge boasts 14 rooms with the capacity to sleep 24. You will enjoy rustic luxury at its finest including a spacious private room each with private bath, TV, and telephone.   Wireless internet is available throughout the lodge, as well as a desktop computer located in the entertainment room.

Enjoy delicious cocktails in the comfortable lounge equipped with full-size pool table and big screen TV.  For those of you who enjoy a little competition among your hunting party, they offer a Laser Shot shooting game on  a large projection screen.

After dinner, take a dip in our soothing jacuzzi or relax in our sauna. Guests at this Ranch will enjoy very good meals and good conversation in the dining room. Local and fine wines are featured at dinner; guests are welcome to bring their favorite spirits with them. As always, the kitchen is pleased to arrange meals for those with special requirements.

Should you choose back country adventures, your accommodations will be very comfortable spike camps with great back country cooking.

Activities

  • *Whitewater rafting http://www.threeriversrafting.com/ Full day activity
  • *River float trips available in late June, July and August.  Full day activity
  • *Whitewater jet boat tours on the Snake River year around http://killgoreadventures.com/ Full day activity.  Boats are enclosed.
  • *Take a full day Lewis & Clark tour with renowned PHD.  Very interesting
  • Horseback riding – Included when accompanied by hunters
  • Sporting clays/ 10 station – Included
  • Jeep tours – Included
  • Take in a sauna or soak in the Jacuzzi – included
  • Book a massage with their full time masseuse after dinner – not included

Rates

2017 Rates

Wingshooting begins at $4,075 pp

Big Game hunting begins at $3,500

Fishing packages begin at $650 per day for small mouth bass and $950 per day for salmon and steelhead

Call for updated pricing and details

FAQ

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TRAVEL INSURANCE:  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  

Links to the companies we recommend:

Travelex Insurance       Ripcord Insurance

While we do everything in our power to protect our clients from travel problems, we cannot prevent illness, natural disasters, wars, deaths, lodge closings and more; we live in uncertain times!  The only way to protect yourself and your investment is through travel insurance. Travel insurance can provide medical coverage, cancellation due to natural disaster, illness, death in the family, lodge closings and other unknowns; in this day and time, anything is possible.  Lodges count on you to protect your investment as they cannot refund your payments due to the nature of the product they offer.

Finally, travel insurance is time-sensitive and must be purchased within a certain number of days of your deposit to cover preexisting conditions, lodge closings and other various issues.  It is still available later but the benefits may be more limited.

Both companies offer evacuation insurance in addition to their travel insurance but Ripcord has more thorough coverage in this area.

The Ripcord membership and travel Insurance provides the highest levels of medical, security, evacuation and rescue services in the industry combined with travel insurance:

  • Remote rescue services from point of injury or illness
  • Medical evacuations to the member’s home hospital of choice
  • The best evacuation and rescue triggers that include rescues for medical conditions that will result in permanent injury in addition to just requiring hospitalization
  • Security extraction services for geopolitical events and natural disasters
  • Involuntary detention resolution services for members who are held against their will
  • Consulting services from special operations veterans, paramedics, nurses, and physicians
  • Travel insurance

Testimonials

I want to thank you and your team for helping us have such a fantastic duck and dove hunting experience. We really appreciate you putting us in good locations throughout the week.
The four new hunters were totally impressed with the hunting, the food and staff support. Thanks again.”
Joe

“An excellent place. The staff were wonderful and treated us like royalty. Loved it”
“Service was incredible. Truly First Class”
Phil

“This was our 4th trip and every year has been awesome, lots of birds and great hospitality!”
Dave, NY

“While the duck flights formed overhead, the perdiz flushed ahead, and the dove swarmed above, a symphony of organization involving a flotilla of vehicles, delightful guides, and gourmet food, kept us grinning… and wanting more.”
Harry, CA

“… this years hunt exceeded previous years, great host, great guides and the best shoot I’ve ever experienced. Can’t wait for next year. Thank you for everything.”
Jeff