Hunting in the Zirkel Wilderness

This is a first-class fully-guided tent camp in the Zirkel wilderness area. Our tent camps are reserved sites assigned by the United States Forest Service set in game-rich primitive areas. Our camps are comfortable and provide the necessary amenities while maintaining the integrity of the wilderness setting. Hunting from this camp is by horseback and foot only - there is no motorized traffic in these wilderness areas.

One guide is provided for every two hunters. Hearty home-style meals (meat, potato, veggies, and dessert) are prepared by our camp cooks. These are 7-day trips with 5 full days of hunting. Your harvested game will be packed out to the base camp or off the mountain when your hunt is over. Our guides are experienced and very knowledgeable of the area.

Upon arrival at SLO you will be briefed on horse safety, the hunting area, SLO policy and the importance of preserving our natural resources and primitive wilderness for future generations. Upon arrival at the drop camp, hunters will again be briefed by the guides on the hunting area, safety, and the practice of low impact camping.

Wilderness Guided Hunt 2016 Dates and Prices

Hunt Season Hunting Dates  
1st Hunt Combined Limited Elk Aug. 27 - Aug. 31  
2nd Hunt Combined Deer & Elk Sep. 3 - Sep. 7  
3rd Hunt Combined Deer & Elk Sep. 12 - Sep. 16 Full Moon 16th
4th Hunt Combined Deer & Elk Sep. 21 - Sep. 25  
Price: $4,500.00 ($2,250.00 deposit) per person
Muzzle Loader
Hunt Season Hunting Dates  
1st Hunt Combined Deer & Elk Sep. 10 - Sep. 14  
Price: $4,500.00 ($2,250.00 deposit) per person
Hunt Season Hunting Dates  
1st Season Seperate Limited Elk Oct. 15 - Oct. 19 Full Moon 16th
2nd Season Combined Deer & Elk Oct. 22 - Oct. 26  
3rd Season Combined Deer & Elk Nov. 50 - Nov. 9  
4th Season Combined Limited Deer & Elk Nov. 16 - Nov. 20 Full Moon 14th
Price: $4,500.00 ($2,250.00 deposit) per person

Please note:
All pack in camps will leave one or two days prior to the hunt date and return one or two days after the hunt.

Please also review our Hunter's Checklist.

If you are putting in for a draw tag for elk or deer please make sure you print the proper hunt code number on your application. See the Hunt Codes section below for details.

Hunt Codes

Elk (either sex) Unlimited - Units #214 & #14
Deer (either sex) D-E-003-O1-A
Muzzle Loading
Elk (either sex) E-E-014-O1-M
Deer (buck) D-M-003-O1-M
1st Rifle Season
Elk (Bull) E-M-014-O1-R
Elk (Bull) E-M-003-O1-R
Deer Not Available
2nd Rifle Season
Elk (Bull) Unlimited over the counter
Elk (Cow) E-F-214-O2-R
Elk (Cow) E-F-014-O2-R
Deer (Buck) D-M-004-O2-R
3rd Rifle Season
Elk (Bull) Unlimited over the counter
Elk (Cow) E-F-214-O3-R
Elk (Cow) E-F-014-O3-R
Deer (Buck) D-M-004-O3-R
4th Rifle Season
Elk (Bull) E-M-014-O4-R
Deer (Buck) D-M-004-O4-R


We are constantly asked about proper guidelines for gratuities since it is uncomfortable for hunters to talk about it during the hunt. A common guideline for a guided hunt is 15% of the hunt price if you feel you were provided with good service during your hunt, 10% going to the guide and 5% going to a distribution between packers, and camp help. A common guideline for drop camp hunters is 15% of the total price for the packers and their assistants. This amount can obviously be adjusted up or down depending on the circumstances.

Hunting Contract

Ready to book your hunt? The first step is to download and fill out our hunting contract. Click here to download our hunting contract (PDF format). Then, return the contract to us at the address provided.