Jeff and Deb Smith are the founders and owners of Seven J Outfitters, Inc. Full time Outfitting since 1993. Offering fully guided Elk hunts on large private leases conducted from Smith Lodge and also National Forest permits conducted from Wilderness Camps. We offer limited Quota and General Elk areas. Highly Experienced, Quality Guides providing a positive, memorable hunting experience.
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Hunt #1 (General License Area)
This hunt is a wilderness style hunt. It is a remote camp using horses and mules to access the camp and hunt areas. The ride into camp is two hours from the trailhead to camp. This area holds excellent numbers of resident elk as well as a migratory route in the later fall season. Success rate with a rifle in this area has been around 90% harvest for many years. Archery hunters in this area have enjoyed a 50% success rate with 75% opportunity. This is a classic mountain-style elk hunt, hunting mature 5 and 6 point bulls with larger bulls taken.
Hunt #1 hunting dates: Archery, September 15-19 and 22-27; Rifle, October 1-5, 9-13, 17-21 and 25-29.
Hunt #2 (General License Area)
This elk hunt is on private property, Smith Lodge based hunt. This takes place on private property ranches that have been leased for years. The hunting country is accessed by pickups and side-by-side UTV/ATVs. Although this is a less physical hunt, walking is required. These private leases hold good numbers of resident elk. Success rate in this area through the years is around 65% with a rifle and 50% with a bow. This is a private property hunt, hunting mature 5- and 6-point bulls. Larger bulls have been taken from these properties.
Hunt #2 hunting dates: Archery, September 8-12, 15-19, and 22-26; Rifle, October 15-19, 22-26, and November 1-5.
Hunt #3 (Limited Quota Area)
This area takes approximately 3-4 elk preference points to draw. This is a National Forest Service mountain area. This classic hunting camp can be accessed by vehicle. This allows you to bring in your gear without limitations. However, hunting is conducted from horses, mules, and walking. This mountain-style elk hunt offers good numbers of resident elk. This gives the hunter good opportunity at a bull elk. Success rate in this area is 75% with a rifle and 40% with a bow. This is a quality elk hunt, shooting average bulls.
Hunt #3 hunting dates: Archery, September 1-5, 9-13, 17-21, and 25-29; Rifle, October 15-19, 22-26, and October 29-November 2.
Hunt #4 (Limited Quota Area)
This elk area takes 7+ elk preference points to draw. This area is a wilderness hunt. However, the wall-tent camp can be accessed by vehicle. Hunting is conducted with horses, mules, and by foot. This is a large, rough, wilderness elk area. Success rate with a rifle has been over 75%. However we have been 100% opportunity through the years. Archery hunters have enjoyed a 50% success rate with around 80% opportunity. This elk area holds tremendous numbers of elk. Being a limited-quota area, our hunters average around a 320 B&C bull with larger bulls taken.
Hunt #4 hunting dates: Archery, September 1-5, 9-13, 17-21, and 25-29; Rifle, October 15-19, 22-16, and October 29-November 2.