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Hunting with Mystic Saddle Ranch Stanley, Idaho

Fall 2015 Hunts

Mystic Saddle Ranch offers some of the best hunting in Idaho. Whether you want to hunt elk, deer, bear or wolf, we can customize the hunting trip you will remember forever. Mystic Saddle Ranch has been a hunting outfitter in the state of Idaho for 45 years. Most of our hunts are general season tags. This means that we can help you purchase licenses and tags from the Idaho Fish and Game Dept; however, there is a limit on how many tags are sold (first come first serve). Our fall program for the 2015 season includes fishing pack trips on the legendary Middle Fork of the Salmon River, guided hunting pack trips, bunkhouse day hunts, and spot pack hunts.

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2014 Elk Hunt- Middle Fork of the Salmon RiverMystic Saddle Ranch offers the BEST guided hunting in Idaho!Guided elk hunt in Stanley, Idaho 2014Guided elk hunt based out of Stanley, Idaho 2014If you are looking for a guided elk hunt during the rut, look no further than Mystic Saddle Ranch. Best guided hunts in Idaho!Hunting guide, Mat Cain with his bull shot 2013
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What one of our 2013 elk hunters had to say about his hunt:

"The food was good, the company was great, the guides were great...The best thing about the hunt was probably bugling an elk in, getting it that close, just to see it happen in front of you, it was incredible."

- Joe Center, Rochester, NY

Hunting forms are located at bottom of the page.

Guided 7 Day Pack In Base Camp Hunt

September 14th- 21st Rifle Elk Hunt In the Rut!!!
Elk, Deer, Bear, Wolf Tags Available

This hunt, meant for the serious Sportsman, it is the best Idaho has to offer. This hunt is in the head waters of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Unit 27. Pack into the Frank Church Wilderness on gentle mountain horses.  Enjoy peace and solitude while you chase down that Monster Bull.  This is our first hunt of the year.

By the middle of September, the elk are bugling and becoming very active. We hunt bull elk in this area by bugling and stalking. The area hunted is a blend of Douglas Fir, lush alpine meadows, and some burned areas. Burned areas provide young plant growth for great feeding areas for elk.  We limit this hunt to 4 people all season to ensure you get the quality hunt that you’re looking for. Arrive in Stanley Idaho on the 13th of September. On the 14th we will head out early to start the 12 mile horseback ride into hunting camp. Enjoy a hearty western dinner and rest up for the exciting day of hunting ahead. Bull elk is our primary target, but you will also have the option to hunt mule deer, black bear, or Canadian wolf. The unique thing about a deer tag in unit 27 is that it allows you to harvest either a deer or a bear. Bears can be hunted on a bait site which would be set up prior to your arrival. The lush valley we hunt in gives great habitat for those trophy bears. This area is so concealed that it gives those big mule deer a place to hole up. We often spot them on those open sage brush slopes. Be sure to bring a fishing pole!! September is a great time to catch those hungry cutthroat and rainbow trout.
2 on 1 Price per Person / $4,200 + Tax

7 Day Spot Pack Base Camp Hunt

September 14th- 20th Rifle Elk Hunt In the Rut!!!
Elk, Deer, Bear, Wolf Tags Available

This Hunt is the best Idaho has to offer and is meant for the serious sportsman. This hunt is in the head waters of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Unit 27. With the spot pack option, we supply everything needed for a comfortable camp.

You would need to supply your food and personal gear. We pack your gear in on horses, and ride horses into and out of camp, and pack your game out. This hunt is limited to a maximum of 4 people. Please see above at our guided hunt for more information.

Price per Person / $2800 + Tax

Archery Elk Hunt September: 5th-11th OR 24th-30th

7 Day Hunt

Guided Bunk House Hunt

This hunt is designed to be where the elk are while keeping money in your pocket. Stay at our bunk house in Stanley ID, where you will be accommodated with a soft bed, hot shower, and good food through out your stay. Hunt elk daily from horse back or foot from various locations and trailheads in Unit 36. We will be trying to locate elk by glassing the open grassy sage brush slopes and using a simple ride and bugle technique.This is a great hunt to get into lots of rutting elk. Only two hunters on this hunt to ensure success.
2 on 1 Price per Person 2 on 1 / $3,200 + Tax
1  on 1 Private Hunt per Person / $5,000 + Tax

October 10th-13th Rifle Mule Deer Hunt

4 day hunt
Guided Bunk House Hunt

This hunt is designed to be were the Deer are while keeping money in your pocket. Stay at our bunk house in Stanley ID, were you will be accommodated with a soft bed, hot shower, and good food through out your stay.

Hunt Deer daily from horse back or foot from various locations and trailheads trying to locate those big muley bucks by glassing the open slopes. By the month of October the weather is getting cooler, which means the deer are very active putting on weight to make it through winter. Our open sage brush slopes are prime country for the big 24 inch plus bucks. We stay very mobile in this hunt so that we can find those big mule deer. Only two hunters are taken on this hunt.
2 on 1 Price Per Person / $2,000 + Tax
1 on 1 Private Per Person / $3,800 + Tax

Rifle General Season Elk-Deer Combo October 15th-21st

7 day hunt Guided Bunk House Hunt

The general season elk hunt in Stanley, Idaho is a pristine hunt that enables hunters to cover amazing country on horseback. Hunters are able to hunt prime elk and deer habitat while also enjoying spectacular views of the Stanley area and stay in an all-inclusive bunk house every evening. The hunters are provided with a knowledgeable guide that will maneuver his clients into optimal hunting areas daily. All clients will be accommodated with a soft bed, hot shower, and good western food throughout the hunt. A high success rate for elk and deer has made this a very desirable hunt and can be booked out a year or two in advance. Clients are able to hunt deer and elk daily from horse back or on foot from various locations, allowing the clients to choose from multiple herds or more desirable terrain. The surrounding area has many open sagebrush slopes and wooded areas. By the month of October the weather is getting cooler, causing the deer and elk to be very active putting on weight to make it through winter. This hunt allows for a lot of mobility so as to intercept mule deer and elk as they begin to migrate. 

2 on 1 Price per Person / $3,200 + Tax 
1 on 1 Private per Person / $5,000 + Tax

Hunt Forms & Information

What You Need For Hunting Trips
Hunting Questionnaire
Drop Camp Equipment Supplied and Food Suggestions
Hunting Suggested Packing List

We are recreation service partners with the U.S. Forest Service operating with a special use permit in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area & Salmon Challis National Forest. We are licensed and bonded outfitters and guides under license by the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board.

NOTE:  Because of safety, we do not allow double riding, children must be 6 years old to ride and maximum weight is 250 pounds.

Please arrive at ride locations 30 min. before your ride time.

Don't forget: sunscreen, hats, waiver, & cameras.


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