Mackay Bar Outfitters and Guest Ranch takes great pride in providing a very comfortable and well-equipped hunting camp.
We strive to provide exquisite accommodations that include wonderful home cooked meals, clean wall tents, warm showers, and guides that are friendly and ready to help accommodate at the drop of a dime.
A unique aspect of hunting Idaho is that a non-resident deer or elk tag, excluding non-resident Junior Mentored deer or elk tags, are valid to take a black bear, mountain lion or gray wolf, if a season is open for that species, instead of a deer or elk where and when the deer or elk tag is valid, and there is an open deer or elk season in that same unit.
Early Season – remote wilderness wall tents
Here at Mackay Bar Ranch, we’re able to start our “any weapon” including rifle or bow hunts September 15, which is the heart of the rut for bull elk.
Most of the Early Season hunt will consist of covering country until you find a bull that wants to engage. Then, our experienced guide will help you get in a position for the bull to come to you. If all goes right you will have the adrenalin rush that only stems from a 700-800 pound animal bugling right in your face. The vibration of his call will blow through your whole body like a freight train. We’ve seen people watch monster bulls walk out of sight just because the hunter was so worked up he forgot to shoot.
The location we hunt takes 5 hours on horse to get to base camp (5 hours from Mackay Bar Ranch). Our camp sits at 7,300 feet in elevation. From there we hunt down to about 5000 feet. The reason we camp so high is because in the mornings you can hear and see for miles and miles. Remember it is your hunt, we can make it as hard or easy as you want it. That is the unique opportunity about hunting at Mackay Bar – there is a hunt for everyone.
If you love adventure then you must try bugling in a rutting bull elk! During our early season hunts, you are able to hunt deer as well. However, we do focus on big bulls during this hunt.
Late Season – hunt from the Ranch along the river corridor
Mackay Bar Ranch offers two different hunts for the late season. The October hunts focus more on elk/deer combo hunts and our November hunts focus on rutting mule deers (although you can have an opportunity for an elk as well). In October and November, we hunt from the Ranch by horseback, foot or jetboat.
You will spend a lot of time glassing in these hunts. The more mature bulls will be split from their cows so it takes a lot more glassing then calling. During our later hunts (November) the elk and deer will be closer to the river. Hunts at Mackay Bar can also be very physical because our canyon walls are steep…. but it’s not uncommon to take a shot from the river bank.
The later hunts provide an opportunity to throw your line in for some amazing steelhead fishing (from our heated jetboats) while your experienced guide is glassing the hillsides for elk and deer! The later season hunts are ideal to bring the whole family. Mackay Bar Ranch has the lodging, boats and equipment to provide a quality family hunting vacation (for hunters and nonhunters alike).
Our late season Deer/Elk hunts are hosted out of our Mackay Bar Vacation cabin – next to the lodge. This is a fully equipped 3 bedroom/2 bathroom beautiful home that sits on the edge of our airstrip. You will be provided with your own private cook and maid that will take care of all of your needs. Your guides will meet you each day at the cabin, boat or corrals depending on each days plan of attack!