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Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge


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Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge


Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge is your complete hunting guide to the Idaho backcountry, from summer trail rides and pack trips to hunting for elk, deer, bear, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, and deer, to snowmobiling in the winter. Our wilderness log lodge with all the convenience of home, and our remote backcountry camps in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the Gospel Hump Wilderness, and Nez Perce National forest are sure to make you stay a memorable one. In the summer we’re guiding pack trips, trail ride, trout fishing, wildlife photography trips, and historical gold mining tours into the wilderness. Our log lodge is in the heart of the wilderness and acts as a guest lodge and bed & breakfast for summer and winter guests. The 262 miles of groomed trails make for spectacular snowmobiling and x-country skiing.
The spring & summer in Idaho is spectacular. The backcountry comes alive with flowers and wildlife. The warm pine-scented mountain breezes, blue sky, crystal clear streams and blue-green forests are a sure way to melt the stress of everyday life away. You can choose to hike or ride our trail proven stock into.
The backcountry. Fish for wild trout in a pristine mountain stream or lake or explore old gold mining areas. Photograph our incredible wildlife, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose and if you’re lucky maybe a wolf!
Camp under the stars in a comfortable tent and reminisce around the evening campfire about the day’s adventures. Or, for the non-camper who wants more luxury, ride out daily and stay in our beautiful log lodge. Whichever you choose our guides are sure to educate you on the history and backcountry of Idaho.
Located in the historic early-day gold mining town of Dixie Idaho 38 miles southeast of Elk City.We can be reached by road or by a small airstrip serviced by backcountry air charter serviced from Boise, Missoula, Spokane or Lewiston.
Dixie Town was started in 1862 when gold was discovered along Crooked Creek, which runs by the lodge. One of the town’s historical buildings is our barn which was the original livery stable built in 1896. At the peak of the gold rush, the town had several thousand residents. Today there are about a dozen year-round residents.
So let civilization fade away in the serenity of the Idaho backcountry. We are family oriented and will plan your stay around your interests. Our goal is to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible.


Hunting

Our Idaho hunting area encompasses almost 650 square miles of which includes the Gospel Hump Wilderness, Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and the Nez Perce National Forest. The Salmon River runs through our outfitting area for approximately 26 miles. The elevation is 2,300 ft. to over 7,400 ft. with the lodge at 5,600 ft. in elevation.
The fall brings on elk season. The bugle of Idaho elk can be heard echoing throughout the mountains, which makes for great Idaho elk hunting. Our elk hunts are in units 15 Elk City Zone, 16A, 19 & 20 of the Selway Zone and 20A of the Middle Fork Zone. We hunt the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, The Gospel Hump Wilderness, and the Nez Perce National Forest from backcountry camps that are a 5 to 12-mile ride from the trail head. These are wilderness hunts at their best.
We start our season with Archery elk hunts from August 30 to September 15th. Next, comes our guided combination elk, deer & bear hunts from September 15th these are any weapon bugle combination hunts for elk, deer and bear they run from September 15th through October 11th and are from deluxe backcountry camps. From October 12th to November 11th we have our regular combination elk, deer and bear hunts. These hunts require a 5 to 12-mile horseback ride to camp. Our camps are set up with a cook tent with table, chairs wood stove and complete kitchen with propane cook stove. The sleeping tents have cots with foam pads and a wood stove for heat. Our hunting guides will guide you through these majestic mountains in your pursued of trophy elk, deer & bear. When you return from day hunting, our camp cook is sure to keep you well fed with some of the backcountry’s best home cooked meals.

We also offer deluxe drop camps for the experience hunters. These camps are the same ones we use for our guided hunts. They feature a cook tent with propane cook stove and wood stove for heat. It is also equipped with dishes, pots & pans and table & chairs. The sleeping tents are equipped with cots with foam pads and wood stoves for heat. All you need to bring is your food and personal gear. We pack you in and pack you and pack your game out. The camps are also equipped with radio communications for emergencies and contact with the lodge to call for a packer to pick up your game. These camps will sleep up to 8 people. We require a minimum of 2 hunters in drop camps. We do not mix groups in a drop camp. We also offer a 10% discount for 5 or more hunters in a drop camp.

Our Lodge and Backcountry Ranch hunts are from our main lodge. These are great hunts for the hunter that needs a roof over his head each night. These hunts are done by horseback & foot. Also a great hunt for the hunter who brings his a non-hunter along. These hunts can be self-guided or guided.
We offer bighorn sheep hunts in control hunt area 19. These are 10-day hunts and are by horse, foot and jet boat. There is a good sheep population in our area and with our pre-hunt scouting, your chances of scoring are very high. This tag needs to be applied for in April. Call us for information.
Moose hunts run from August 30th thru Nov 23rd. We hunt control areas 19 & 20. These hunts are from camp & lodge depending on which tag you draw. This tag needs to be applied for in April so contact us early so we can set you up with an application.
Our mountain lion hunts are based out of the lodge from November 20th thru March 31st. We use 4X4, ATV or snowmobile to find fresh lion tracks and use dogs to track them. There is a two lion limit and a reduced price lion tag. The cost for the nonresident license & tag is $186.50 with the second tag at $31.75.
Our spring bear hunts over bait run from May 15th thru June 30th. These hunts are based from the lodge which has great accommodations and food. Our success rate on a bear is very high with a two bear limit in 2011. These are great hunts for couples or father & sons or daughters. We have a reduced price hunt for daughter’s or son’s from 12 to 17 years old that accompany and adult. The cost is $1,200.00. for the junior hunter. There is also a reduced mentor license & bear tag for $55.50. The hunts over bait work well for a person that can’t take a strenuous hunt or is handicapped.
We also offer a spot & stalk bear hunts on the main Salmon River. These hunts will be from a jetboat. We spot the bears from the river and stalk in for a shot. This country is steep and you need to be in good physical shape. These hunts will run from April 15th to May 1st. Call for more information.
No matter what type of Idaho Hunting you choose, our guides, packers, and cooks will make your backcountry hunt a memorable one!




Bear Hunts

Spring & Fall Bear Hunts

Our spring Bear Hunts Over Bait run from May 15th thru June 30th. These hunts are based from our modern log lodge. The lodge has all the modern conveniences and serves the best food in the backcountry. These are exciting hunts that will get your adrenaline pumping. Our success rate on bear is very high with a very good chance of getting a color phase. We take 40% black and 60% chocolate, cinnamon or blond color phase. We are hunting in units 15, 16A, 19 & 20. Units 16A, 19 & 20 are in the Selway Zone that has a two bear limit. Units 16A, 19 & 20 are also reduced tag units so a non-resident tag is only $41.75 each. These are great hunts for couples or father & sons or daughters. We can also accommodate a person that can’t take a physically strenuous hunt or has limited mobility. The backcountry is alive with flowers and wildlife at this time of the year and your chances of seeing elk, deer, moose or wolf beside a bear are very high. So make sure you bring a camera. We are running a Special 6 Day Over Bait Hunt single bear hunt for $2,675.00. A second bear can be hunted for $1,000.00 extra.

Our Spot & Stalk Hunts are on the main Salmon River. On this thrilling hunt, we travel the Salmon River by jet boat to remote drainage’s and glass the mountain sides to spot the bears. We then land and put a stalk on the bear and take a shot. We hunt in units 20 & 20A for this hunt. This hunt requires you to be in good physical shape because of the steep terrain during the stalk. We run this hunt the last 2 weeks of April each year.
An Idaho non-resident hunt license is $154.75 & 1st reduced bear tags is $41.75 and a 2nd bear tag is $41.75 for in unit 19, 20 & 20A. The cost of a bear tag in unit 15 is $186.50.


Spring Bear

Guided Spot & Stalk 7 day Hunt  on the Salmon River By Jet Boat:April 14th to 27th 2019
Includes lodging & meals$3,675.00 per person
Special 6 day Lodge Bear Hunt over bait:May 16th to June 30th
Includes lodging & meals$2,675.00 per person
Mountain Lion Guided 7 day Lodge Hunt:November 20th to March 31st
1 hunter with 1 guide includes lodging & meals$5,775.00 per person




Elk Hunts

Elk hunting requires its participants be in better physical condition than other types of hunting. This form of big game hunting of one of the most impressive hunted land mammals in North America brings you to some rather challenging terrain and country. Elk hunting usually takes place at higher altitudes, so being in good shape and being able to deal with the thinner air is critical to both the success and enjoyment of your hunt. Elk hunting with an outfitter usually involves traveling several miles to a camp where you will be based, and then covering the surrounding area over a period of several days for your elk. During elk hunts, several other types of game are usually encountered, providing you with an opportunity to get more than just an elk.
One of the largest hunted land mammals in Northern America, elk is simply the largest species of deer that you’ll find in the world. Elk is hunted for game, meat, and also the velvet found on their antlers. These majestic and graceful animals are a popular hunt in season, with guided and unguided elk hunts alike, in the northern regions of the United States for this very reason. Elk meat has a taste between the more gamey flavor of venison and the more mildly familiar flavor of beef. Come autumn, it is time for Elk Season on our Idaho territory.


Guided Elk Hunts

Take advantage of the opportunity to partake in the adventure of the outdoors without having to be of expert experience. Our guided elk hunts require a horseback ride into the camp of a minimum of five miles where you will set up and which will serve as your base for departures and returns from hunts. Camps have a sleeping tent equipped with padded cots and a kitchen tent with cooking and dining amenities for your comfort and overall enjoyment of your guided elk hunt. These guided elk hunts also provide the opportunity to experience deer and bear hunts, and they run from mid-September to early October.

Unguided Elk Hunts

Unguided elk hunts begin during autumn, following the guided elk hunts. From mid-October to mid-November, the experienced outdoorsman and hunter can take advantage of the deluxe drop camps used for the guided elk hunting trips. Requiring a minimum of three people, the camps can sleep and accommodate up to eight people. Silver Spur Lodge takes the burden off your hands of packing you in and out, as well as packing out your game. Each camp is equipped with radio communications so you can contact the lodge in the instance of an emergency and for when you are ready to have your game packed out by the lodge.

Elk Hunting: The Experience

When you choose elk hunting with an outfitter, there are a number of variables to consider. What is your level of experience, and what do you want to get out of your experience? An outfitter typically provides the comforts of a camp, with tents set up as a kitchen with a wood burning stove for a hearty meal, and another with padded cots comfortable night’s sleep after a long day of hunting. Camps will also generally provide you with a radio, especially for unguided hunts, to get in touch with the outfitter in the case of an emergency or to pack out your game.
For Idaho’s Silver Spur Lodge, elk hunting takes place during the fall, which allows for the opportunity to encounter and hunt Black Bear and deer in Idaho, in addition to elk if you opt for a guided hunt. An unguided elk hunt is better suited for the seasoned hunter. Elk hunts will provide access to Units 19, 20, and 20A. After packing horses for a ride to camp, each day of elk hunting will take you out into the backcountry in search of the perfect prize. An accommodating outfitter will then pack your game out of camp for you.


Elk Hunting and Beyond

Opting to go elk hunting through an outfitter enables you to hunt more game as they will often provide the appropriate hunting licenses, and then pack out your game. At Silver Spur Lodge, guided elk hunting serves as an opportunity to also hunt deer and bears in this combination hunt.
Silver Spur Lodge provides gives you the opportunity to hunt the Idaho backcountry throughout the seasons. Bear hunts in the fall and spring,
Mountain lion hunts, moose hunts from late summer into the fall, and Bighorn sheep hunts are a number of other options that attract hunters from all over.


Combination Elk, Deer, Bear

Guided 9 day Backcountry Camp Hunt:Sept. 15th to Nov. 11th
2 Hunters with 1 guide$5,275.00 per person
1 hunter with 1 guide$6,275.00 per person
Guided 8 day Archery Camp Hunt:Aug. 28th to Sept. 13th
2 Hunters with 1 guide$3,975.00 per person
1 hunter with 1 guide$4,975.00 per person
Guided 7 day Lodge Hunt:Sept. 15th to Nov. 11th
2 hunter with 1 guide$4,475.00 per person
1 hunter with 1 guide$5,275.00 per person
Deluxe Drop Camp 9 daySept. 15th to Nov.11th
2 hunters$2,450.00 per person
3 Hunters  (additional discount for 5 or more hunters)$2,250.00 per person




Bighorn Sheep Hunts

There are a few things you want to consider before you start bighorn sheep hunting. The first of these factors is your rifle choices. The best rifle choice for bighorn sheep hunting is a fast, flat shooting rifle that is zeroed in at 300 yards.
No matter how much hunting experience you have or what equipment you are using, your success with big horn sheep hunting all comes down to wearing the proper footwear. If you don’t have the proper footwear then you are going to have nothing but sore feet and blisters which are the fastest way to ruin your hunting experience. So make sure you have a good pair of footwear that is properly padded and insulated to protect your feet and keep you comfortable on your long hikes through the mountains.
Just as important as footwear is choosing the right clothing for your bighorn sheep hunting experience. You want to choose clothing based on three factors: breathability, warmth, and weight. If you have to substitute one of these then you want to focus on breathability and warmth and forget weight. It is a good idea to consider wool and gore-tex clothing blends to get the best.
Keeping these three factors in mind you will be able to get the greatest results from your big horn sheep hunting guide experience. Without being properly prepared you will ruin your hunting experience and likely have to cut it short. So be sure you are properly prepared before heading out on your hunt.


Bighorn Sheep

10 Day Lodge & Camp Hunt:September 1st to October 31st
1 hunter with 1 guide$7,900.00 per person




Moose Hunts

Before you head off on Idaho moose hunting you want to make sure you understand the three main tactics that are used in moose hunting. The first of these is stand hunting. Often this is the most effective form of moose hunting. A moose is always going to come by your stand eventually, the main question is whether or not it will come by when you are there and during legal hunting hours.
However, moose hunting stands are different from deer stands. Deer stands can be portable, but moose stands, on the other hand, are large and designed to be permanent installations. The most product moose hunting stands are those placed near two watersheds. Just keep in mind that with moose hunting stands you may not always have the ideal conditions for hunting a moose.
The second most popular moose-hunting tactic is still-hunting. With this option, you aren’t confined to one location as you are with stand hunting. If you are hunting during the post rut this can be a good idea since the moose are likely retiring to heavy thickets in order to recover their strength and are less likely to wander by your stand. Sometimes this option can be more productive than stand hunting but will require more work and skill.
Lastly, there is the option of moose calling. This method is less likely to be used in the United States but it can be used in remote regions during the breeding periods to some effect. However, the success of calling depends on the moose and whether or not you are experienced in moose calling.


Moose

7 Day Lodge or Camp Hunt:September 1st to November 23rd
1 hunter with 1 guideFish & Game has closed the season in our units




Deer Hunts

In Idaho, the most sought after hunting is that of the white-tailed deer. West of the Rockies, the most dominant deer species is the mule deer. The difference between these two species is the difference in ears, tail, antler shape and body size.
A mule deer will have longer ear than a white-tailed deer and often look like the ears of a mule. Mule deer have a tail with a black tip that is proportionally smaller than a white-tailed deer. Both the mule deer and white-tailed deer will sprout antlers. However, the mule deer will branch and re-branch forming several Y shapes. On the other hand, the white-tailed bucks have one main beam with several tines that sprout from it. Often a white-tailed buck will be smaller than a mule buck.
While moose and elk are also popular game animals in Idaho and are a member of the deer family these animals aren’t considered in deer hunting. Instead, the moose and elk are considered a form of big game hunting.
In Idaho, there are five typical methods used to hunt deer: stalking, stand hunting, still hunting, line drives and spot or stalk hunting. Often spot and stalk hunting will be used in an area with large visible areas. The other four hunting methods are typically used in areas with rolling hills or level country where it is difficult to see over trees or bushes and keep an eye on deer. However, the actual method of deer hunting you use will be determined by your specific hunting needs.


Combination Elk, Deer, Bear

Guided 9 day Backcountry Camp Hunt:Sept. 15th to Nov. 11th
2 Hunters with 1 guide$5,275.00 per person
1 hunter with 1 guide$6,275.00 per person
Guided 8 day Archery Camp Hunt:Aug. 28th to Sept. 13th
2 Hunters with 1 guide$3,975.00 per person
1 hunter with 1 guide$4,975.00 per person
Guided 7 day Lodge Hunt:Sept. 15th to Nov. 11th
2 hunter with 1 guide$4,475.00 per person
1 hunter with 1 guide$5,275.00 per person
Deluxe Drop Camp 9 daySept. 15th to Nov.11th
2 hunters$2,450.00 per person
3 Hunters  (additional discount for 5 or more hunters)$2,250.00 per person




Mountain Lion Hunts

Anyone who hunts extensively knows that you don’t experience the truest form of excitement until you have tried mountain lion hunting. Hunting a big game cat is unlike anything else in the hunting world. We hunt the Elk City and Selway zones which have some of the largest Mt. Lions on record.
We base our hunts from our lodge with all the comforts of home. These are 7 days, 6 night 6 full hunting days. We will be hunting by 4X4, ATV, snowmobile, and hiking to find fresh tracks. When we find fresh tracks we release the hounds and the chase is on. Our dogs are equipped with tracking collars so we are able to track their location. When the cat is treed we hike in to check the size and make the decision to take it or not. We will also be walking into some areas to check for fresh tracks. This hunt is on gentle to steep terrain, while it usually doesn’t take a lot of walking we still need to get to the cat. These hunts have a high success rate provided the weather cooperates, fresh snow is the best. We also allow the hunter to take bobcats when in season. The cost for a nonresident license is $154.75 and the reduced lion tag is $41.75 for a total of $196.50 for both. We also hunt the Elk City Zone during December and the lion tag cost $186.50 in that zone. We are in a 2 lion area and you can make the decision to hunt for a 2nd lion after you take your 1st. We charge $1,000.00 more to hunt for a 2nd lion and the 2nd lion tag will cost $41.75. We run our lion hunts from December 1st to March 31st.
We also allow our hunt to harvest a wolf if one is spotted while lion hunting. The tag is $31.75. It’s great to come back to the warmth of the lodge after a long day of hunting.




Combination Elk, Deer & Bear Hunt

When it comes to elk hunting you can’t get any location better than Idaho. Idaho offers expansive wilderness that provides individuals with many wilderness backcountry hunting experiences which you can’t find anywhere else in the world.
The Idaho backcountry is a place worth protecting and keeping for a variety of reasons, one of those reasons is the prime hunting options. When you visit Idaho you will be able to enjoy and experience a rugged landscape as well as a world-class outdoor experience that is the same as it was when your grandparents and great grandparents enjoyed it in generations prior.
Our fall hunts are combination elk, deer and bear hunt. You can take the opportunity to hunt all 3 big game animals for one price.

We offer Guided Backcountry Camp Hunts that are accessible by horseback only. These hunts are 9 days. The 1st day is arrival day you will spend the night at our lodge and pack into camp the morning of the 2nd day you will be hunting that day. You will remain in camp for 7 days and 6 nights packing out the afternoon of the 7th day in camp. You will be staying in the lodge the day you arrive back and check out will be the next day. Our camps are in contact with lodge by radio and call in the packer when your game is down. We offer these hunts as 2×1 (2 hunters and 1 guide) and 1×1 hunts (1 hunter and 1 guide). The camps are equipped with 3 large tents, cook, hunters and guides tent. all have wood stoves for heat and sleeping tents have cots with foam pads for sleeping. When you get your game, the packer will pick up your game, take it to the lodge meat house or in hot weather take to cold storage. The guided hunts have a full-time cook and professional guides. Our guides will be with you every day and do their best to get you on the elk you want. Our cook will serve three delicious meals daily. Check our price list for the cost.

We also offer Deluxe Drop Camps, these are the same camps used for our guided hunts. They will sleep 8 people in three tents. There’s a fully equipped kitchen and dining tent with all dishes and propane stove. You will have to bring your own food and personal gear. We will supply a radio to contact with the lodge. When your game is down you can radio the lodge and the packer will pick up your game and return it to the lodge meat shed. We do require a minimum of 2 hunters. We do not mix groups in drop camps so your group will have exclusive use of it. Like the guided hunts, it includes first and last day at the lodge with meals.

We also offer Guided Lodge Hunts from our log lodge and have all the comfort of home. These hunts are by 4×4, ATV, horseback, and foot. You will start the day with a hot breakfast and return to the lodge each evening to a home cooked meal.
Consider the many elk hunting options available at Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge and you are sure to find something that appeals to your hunting interests. At Silver Spur Lodge you will be sure to get a unique experience that you won’t get anywhere else. The hunting in Idaho is some of the best wilderness hunting in the world and is a must for any hunting enthusiast. So visit Idaho on your next hunting vacation in order to have a wonderful experience you won’t soon forget and will be able to talk about with your future generations for years to come.


Combination Elk, Deer, Bear

Guided 9 day Backcountry Camp Hunt:Sept. 15th to Nov. 11th
2 Hunters with 1 guide$5,275.00 per person
1 hunter with 1 guide$6,275.00 per person
Guided 8 day Archery Camp Hunt:Aug. 28th to Sept. 13th
2 Hunters with 1 guide$3,975.00 per person
1 hunter with 1 guide$4,975.00 per person
Guided 7 day Lodge Hunt:Sept. 15th to Nov. 11th
2 hunter with 1 guide$4,475.00 per person
1 hunter with 1 guide$5,275.00 per person
Deluxe Drop Camp 9 daySept. 15th to Nov.11th
2 hunters$2,450.00 per person
3 Hunters  (additional discount for 5 or more hunters)$2,250.00 per person




Lodge

We live in our lodge year round and enjoy the backcountry life immensely. We enjoy sharing that way of life with our guests and take great pride in making your accommodations and meals some of the bests in the backcountry. We think of our guest like extended family and want to see you for years to come. So come and stay with us and have the time of your lives in the backcountry of one of the most remote, pristine areas in Idaho.
The lodge was constructed in the early 1980’s and is about 6,800 sq. ft. It’s a home-style lodge with many modern conveniences to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We offer home cooked meals daily with homemade pies, bread, rolls and desserts to finish them off. The kitchen is always open with fresh baked treats and freshly brewed coffee. With all of the conveniences the lodge has to offer, it makes for a great home base for your backcountry adventures.
We have just added the “Cook Ranch” to our outfitting area. We will be offering hunting, fishing, summer pack trips, remote guest lodging & trail rides. This remote ranch is located on Mallard Creek. The ranch is a 2 mile horseback ride or horse-drawn wagon ride in from the trail head. This ranch is ideal for people that want to get away from it all.
The ranch features a great log lodge that overlooks a lush meadow that is teaming with wildlife. A bunk house for larger groups and the original homestead cabin. Mallard Creek runs through the meadow and is teaming with brook trout for the fisherman. We will be offering some special get always vacations at the ranch. We have plans for a wildlife outdoor photography class and a professional outdoor cooking class. Our instructors will be some of the best in their field. If you are interested give us a call or email us for more information.




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208-842-2417


2742 Dixie Rd.
Dixie, ID 83525

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