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      Hunting is a time-honored part of the American experience. It’s a chance to connect with family, friends, and the environment itself. While hunting is often seen as an individual, or family experience, taking a guided hunting trip can be immensely helpful for new hunters, and seasoned pros alike. Killgore Adventures is excited to offer guided hunting trips on our private ranch in Idaho. Today, we’ll explore some of the benefits of going on a guided hunt.


      Hunting is always an exercise in exploration, but if you’re new to an area, that process of exploration can also be an exercise in frustration. Maps and compasses are the traditional way of navigating through an area, and GPS units have made it even easier to get around, but unless you’ve spent a lot of time in an area, you simply won’t understand or recognize the nuances of a region. An experienced guide will be able to take you to the right spots to hunt your particular prey. They’ll know about shortcuts and scenic viewpoints, and will be able to move and navigate based on landmarks alone. Ultimately, because they know the land so well, your guide will offer you a faster, more fruitful hunting experience.


      It takes years of experience and a dedication to the craft to become a hunting guide. Not only are they great marksmen and outdoor stewards, hunting guides are also excellent teachers. No matter your experience level as a hunter, there’s always more to be learned, and a hunting guide is excited to share their knowledge with you. They can offer insights into the habits of specific animals, techniques that make hunting easier, and even tips that make the experience more enjoyable. A guided hunt isn’t just a chance to pursue an animal, it’s a chance to learn more about the sport.


      Hunting alone has its charms, as it offers you a chance to connect with nature on your own. But there’s something to be said in hunting with friends. Sharing the experience of hunting is a great chance to bond. It’s also nice to have partners with you who can point out things about your hunt that you might have missed. While good conversation is a plus, ultimately, traveling with other hunters, including a guide, provides a safer hunting experience.


      Hunting guides make hunting an better experience. They’ll be able to help you find the perfect places to hunt your preferred animal, and once you take it down, they’ll help you harvest it and bring it out. The amount of work you have to do is lessened because they’re by your side, enthusiastically helping you with whatever you need.


      It’s not uncommon for many guided hunting outfitters to partner with local Fish and Wildlife departments. If population numbers are high in a given season, a guide can help you hunt weaker animals. You still have the chance to bring home your prize and you’re also helping to stabilize the populations in the area. This helps other animals in the area to thrive, as there is less competition for resources.


      One of the barriers to hunting is the unfortunate reality of dealing with paperwork. Every state, and even some regions, have their own set of hunting licenses, tags, and more. This is a necessary evil when it comes to hunting, but can complicate the process, and keep some from enjoying their experience. When you take a guided hunting trip, the outfitter takes care of all of this for you. That means that as soon as you arrive at the hunting lodge, or at the trailhead, all you have to worry about is tracking your target, not signing any forms.


      While Killgore Adventures is perhaps best known for our spectacular jet boat tours of Hells Canyon, we offer a myriad of options to explore this amazing landscape and connect with its natural splendor. One of those ways is our guided hunting trips on our private ranch. If you’re excited to go on a hunting adventure like none other but have never hunted before, a great place to start your journey is right here with this blog. Here are some great tips to keep in mind for your first hunt.


      Hunting is an enjoyable hobby and sport, but it can also be a dangerous one. If you’ve never hunted before, or even if you’re new to firearms, we strongly encourage you to take a hunter safety course before you even consider signing up for one of our guided hunts. These courses will teach you the basic skills you need to handle yourself and your firearm safely while hunting. This ensures that you and your hunting party are safe and that you’re following the best practices of hunting.


      Camouflage gets better every year, and hunters can now purchase camo outfits that are specific to certain regions and even times of year within those regions. It might be exciting to pour over catalogs of camo clothing or peruse endless websites to find the perfect bit of kit, but for your first hunt, you really don’t need to go crazy on the camo. Instead, prioritize comfort and mobility. For your first hunt, you want to make sure that you’re dressed appropriately for the weather, and have layers that will keep you warm in adverse conditions. Similarly, you’ll be hiking and moving a lot throughout the day, so it’s important to wear clothes that are comfortable to move in. If you’re really stuck on the camo idea, you can just wear shades of green and brown, as that alone will help.


      North America is renowned for its immense big game hunting opportunities. Idaho is no different, as we have elk, deer, mountain lions, and beers roaming the hills and mountains in the state. While it might be tempting to go after “the big one” for your first hunt, it’s best to go after something smaller first. First, it’s easier to bring your kill back with you, and second, it’s often much cheaper. Some animals have tags that make it more expensive to hunt them than others. A deer makes a great first hunt and is affordable too.


      For many, when they think of hunting, all they plan on bringing is their firearm and their hunter’s spirit. No doubt, these are important things to bring, but should likely be the last things on your packing list. Depending on how long your trip lasts and how much time you spend in the field, you’ll want to consider what essentials you bring with you. If you’re only out for the day, bring a day pack with you, and include items that you would bring with you on a normal hike. Water is essential, so bring 3-4 liters with you. Sunscreen and bug spray are a must. A rain jacket keeps you dry in a sudden downpour and can cut the wind too. Bring some snacks to keep your energy up throughout the day. Of course, don’t forget your compass and map.


      On our private ranch hunts, we’ll pair you with an experienced hunting guide. Not only will they help you bag your first animal, but they’ll also instruct you on how to make the most of your experience. They are excited to share their skills and insights with you. The more you listen to your guide, the more you’ll get out of the experience. Should you choose to continue hunting after your first outing, you’ll already have a set of skills and the knowledge you need to successfully hunt in the future.

      Ready to go on your first hunt? Join Killgore Adventures as we trek through some of the most amazing scenery Idaho has to offer in pursuit of a variety of big game animals. You can sign up for your guided private ranch hunt today, and even book an ATV tour of Hells Canyon while you’re at it.


      Here in White Bird, Idaho, along the Salmon River, and near the walls of Hells Canyon, we have some of the most remarkable hunting in North America. In addition to your famous jet boat tours of Hells Canyon, Killgore Adventures offers guided hunting trips in the area. While our guides have been hunting for years, they’re still surprised by the things they learn every time they go into the field. We thought we’d share some of their wisdom and lessons they’ve learned while hunting.


      In our fast-paced, instant gratification world, it’s hard to remember to be patient. When in the front country, a simple swipe on your phone can have exactly what you want delivered right to your door in 24-hours. But while hunting in the backcountry, things move more slowly. You have to hike to your hunting spot. Then you have to move into your blind or find a place to set up. And then you wait. Much of hunting involves waiting and dedicating yourself to that experience of waiting. Only by being patient can you make a shot that can reward your patience.


      There’s no denying that hunting is a challenging endeavor. Even when you feel like everything is “right,” there are still opportunities for you to fail. Your rifle may jam at a critical moment. Your boot might blow out 20 minutes into your day, or you might miss that perfect shot. In all of these moments, it’s important to remember that it’s ok to fail. Through failing, we learn about ways to improve our gear, our skills, and ultimately, ourselves. Plus, even if you fail to bring something home a few times in a row, the sense of accomplishment when you do make a successful kill later will be that much more exhilarating.


      As we build bigger houses and larger shopping malls, we’ve limited our connection to the natural world more and more. Taking time to immerse ourselves in the natural world and escape the confines of our concrete jungles allows for a chance to heal our minds and souls. Countless studies have found that regular exposure to nature can help to reduce feelings like anxiety, depression, and isolation. Even if your hunt ends up being unsuccessful, you’ll still be rewarded by spending time in nature and connecting with it in new ways. Each hunting trip is a chance to relax and unwind, while also experiencing a sense of renewed attachment to the natural world.


      In our day-to-day lives, there are a million distractions. While hunting, you can’t afford to be distracted. Hunting teaches you how to focus on a singular task, a singular moment, a singular target. Clearing your mind of distractions allows you to effortlessly carry out the movements and techniques that help you successfully take down your target. The focus you practice while hunting comes with you back to your home and to work. It helps you identify the values and issues that matter most to you and your work.


      Nearly every aspect of hunting is hard in some way. It requires physical toughness to hike into the backcountry and pursue an animal. It takes mental acuity to remember the techniques and skills you need to track an animal and harvest it. It also involves carrying out hundreds, if not thousands, of minor tasks to get you to one major moment. By working hard, practicing those valuable skills, and not skimping out on even the most minor of details, you exponentially increase your chances of bringing home your prize.


      If you’re ready to learn valuable lessons like these, as well as learn your own lessons while hunting, you can get started by booking a guided hunting trip with Killgore Adventures. We can help you pursue a variety of big game animals on our private ranch, for a hunting experience that is like no other. You’ll experience parts of Idaho that few others get to travel through, all while working with and learning from an accomplished hunting guide. Book your hunting trip with Killgore Adventures today.