With a love for the great outdoors and a lifetime of hunting, fishing, horse riding, and camping in Idaho’s backcountry, Darl Allred founded Sawtooth Wilderness Outfitters in 1997 to share his wilderness passion with others. Over the last two decades, SWO has become the go-to guide for individuals, families, and friends desiring an outdoor excursion in the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains.
After thousands of nights under the stars serving hundreds of clients, Darl recently passed the baton to a new team of outdoors men who will carry SWO’s legacy of adventure and service to a new generation of wilderness enthusiasts.
Premier Idaho Elk and Deer Hunts
Hunts are run out of a comfortable wall tent base camp in a remote, roadless area. The elevation of our hunting area is from 5,000 to 11,000 feet. Depending on the weather conditions, expect to arrive at camp after a 2 to 6 hour horseback ride.
Although this is primarily an Elk hunt, you can combine it with Deer, Bear, or Wolf at no additional cost of the hunt; you only have to purchase the tags. Archery season runs during the peak of the elk rut. Mild weather conditions make this a great time to be out in the woods. It is not uncommon to hear elk bugle every day of your hunt and often you will be working more than one bull at a time.
Black Bears in all of the Colors!
Our bear hunting techniques range from baits with tree stand or ground blind to the exciting hound hunt. The bear in our area come in a wide variety of color phases ranging from blond to black. The majority of our bear hunters prefer the spring hunt, but we do take a limited number of hunters during the fall, which can also be combined with Elk and Deer. The bear population is high and the trophy quality is excellent. Bear hunts are conducted from a drive-in base camp. Hunters stay in cabins at Sawtooth Lodge in Grandjean, which enables us to be mobile and utilize the entire area as the snow melts. As far as weapons go, take your pick: bow, rifle, muzzleloader, or handgun.
We have several active baits per hunter throughout the entire bear season, and provide tree stands with safety harnesses or ground blinds. Most of our tree stands are set for archery and handgun hunters. During the day we glass the hillsides and tend bait sites. After a hearty early evening meal, the hunter will sit a bait site.
Although most bear are harvested during the evening, we do use trail timers and often sit baits during the morning hours. We also have Karelian bear dogs trained to follow a blood trail which enables us to recover wounded bear that otherwise may not be found.
We have raised and trained hounds for over 40 years. And while we love the outdoors and the thrill of any hunt, nothing beats following a pack of well trained hounds. Using radios for communication and dog tracking equipment, we make optimal use of our clients’ time while hunting. Most hound hunting is done early in the day, allowing hunters to sit baits in the evening if they would like.
Mountain Lion and Bobcat Hunts
In order to optimize your time during the hunt, we use 4-wheel drive vehicles and snowmobiles to traverse the terrain, radios for communication, and dog tracking equipment to keep up with the hounds. Occasionally we’ll hire another highly qualified guide to assist in the hunt, so that we can cover more ground and increase our hunter’s chance of success.
Let us know what you’re looking for and we will get you more information, pricing and availability.