Success Rates

What is a Successful Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear Hunt?

The most common question we get when approached by a potential client who is considering an Idaho Elk, Mule Deer or Bear hunt is some variation of: "What kind of success rate can be expected?" That is a tough question and we always answer with the same response: "What does success look like to you?"

Do you consider success to be a legitimate shooting opportunity, or do you define success as a trek through these pristine woods seeing wilderness and a caliber of animals that most hunters only get to dream of? Is success only defined by a filled tag or solely measured by seeing Boone and Crockett quality of animals every day? Only you can know what a successful hunt will look and feel like for you, but each and every one of us at Castle Creek Outfitters is 100% committed to making sure each one of our clients has the most successful hunt possible.

We completely understand the cost of these hunts financially, physically, emotionally, and mentally. We also understand that many of us live off the spoils of our hunts all year, and use this to feed our friends and family. With that said, it's hard to feed a family with an unfilled Idaho elk, mule deer or bear tag! That’s why the Castle Creek Outfitters promise is that we will go the extra mile every single day because we know that by so doing we increase the odds in our favor for a filled tag!

Granted, Idaho elk or mule deer hunting is one of the most demanding hunts out there today, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally- possibly rivaled only by sheep and goat hunts. So ultimately the success rate depends on you, our hunter. If you come in fully aware that the majority of the success of your hunt is under your personal control, then your success rate is already in the top 10%.

When you come to camp, where are you emotionally and mentally? Where are you physically? These are giant factors that come into play when we talk success rates and you are in total control of that!

Hunting in the Rockies is physically demanding. If you think you’re in good physical shape, the Rockies will challenge you. If you’re not in good physical shape, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do a hunt, it just means that you need to prepare yourself, mentally and emotionally, for the challenges and the thrill of hunting in some of God’s most beautiful, and physically challenging, terrain. Emotionally, are you willing and able to leave difficulties in your home life (i.e. relationship problems, work stress, new house being built) at home? We’ve seen far too many hunts wrecked because the client wasn’t able to get their "head in the game" because their head was so trapped in the difficulties going on back home.

Now once again this is your hunt, so whatever you want/need for a successful hunt (within reason, of course) is what we are committed to doing our best to ensure! If you want to come up here into God's country to relax in a warm wall-tent, enjoy delicious camp food, bask in the beautiful scenery, and just catch up on some rest and relaxation - come on! After all, there's simply no better sleep than listening to snow fall outside of a wall-tent, while a fire crackles in a stove 5 feet away.

So whether you challenge yourself and push your limits - physically, mentally, and emotionally - or you just want to get away from the daily grind and submerge yourself into some of nature’s most pristine wilderness (or some combination of the two!), we are here to help you be successful!