Elk and Deer

Jeff Roth with mule deer from Shepp Ranch on Idahos Salmon River

Shepp Ranch provides quality wilderness hunting. Our camps offer comfortable tents and sleeping conditions. Meals are prepared fresh, and offer more than usual camp fare, with fresh breads and desserts. One guide per two hunters ensures personalized attention, and the best possible chance for success.

We hunt in central Idaho’s Gospel Hump Wilderness (see Buffalo Hump quadrangle) in Fish and Game unit 19. This country is steep and rugged, with nearly a dozen mountain peaks ranging from 6,700 to 8,300 feet, making it ideal habitat for big game. We offer rifle hunting in September, in the midst of the bugle season. This is a rare opportunity, not to be missed. Later in the fall, we use camps ideally located to intercept game migrating to wintering areas. While we hunt mostly from horseback, a certain amount of walking is required. We suggest that you be in good physical condition to ensure an enjoyable hunt and your best chance for success. In this area a non resident deer tag can be used on a cougar or bear so if you hunt the late season deer/elk hunt you may also get a chance at a cat and early season there is a chance for a bear.

Shepp Ranch Elk HuntingElk and deer Hunters begin their trip with a jetboat ride up the Salmon River, and proceed to camp the same day. Depending on which camp we have chosen for you, the horseback ride to camp is between three and seven hours. We use wall tents with cots and mattresses, heated by wood stove. This assures you will be comfortable, even if the weather turns cold, as it often does in the high country. We provide one guide per two hunters, guaranteeing personal attention, and the best chance to be successful in your hunt. Each camp also has a cook who prepares fantastic meals, with fresh baked breads and desserts and we are happy to accommodate dietary preferences or restrictions. Hunts last a full six days, with the last night spent at the ranch where you can enjoy a hot shower and a soak in the hot tub while telling tales of the weeks hunt. This gives you a chance to get cleaned up and enjoy our hospitality before jetboating out after breakfast on the last day.

Shepp Ranch also offers spring bear hunts that take place from the ranch. For people who have not hunted with us before, this is a great way to get acquainted with our hunting area, meet our guides and check out our facility. It is also a spectacular time of year along the Salmon River. Snow dominates the high country, while down low the country is greening up, and spring flowers are blooming.

Elk and Deer Combination Hunts
7 day/7 night, 2 hunters to a guide;
2013 rate $6000/person