If there was a Mecca for chukar hunters, a place where at least one pilgrimage within a lifetime of chukar hunts must be made, it would be the Snake River. Perhaps even more specifically, it would be Hells Canyon. Nowhere else in the United States are chukar as abundant and other hunters as sparse. With class IV rapids and rugged basalt and granite cliffs standing guard, Hells Canyon is a formidable chukar fortress. Without an intimate knowledge of the area and experience navigating it success is hard achieved. Luckily for you, our veteran guides and their dogs have the know-how to make your trip one to remember.
The Snake River through Hells Canyon is the premier destination in the United States for combination hunting and angling trips, or as they are often called "Cast and Blasts". In Hells Canyon, the smallmouth bass fishing is world class and there are plenty of trout to be caught, as well. At the right time of year, salmon and steelhead are available and can be an exciting fish to target. The icing on the fishcake is the chance at hooking a true prehistoric behemoth: sturgeon. A catch and release fishery, sturgeon over 10' long and as heavy as several hundred pounds can be caught.
Our guided Snake River chukar trips can be booked for two distinct sections of the Snake River in Hells Canyon. One float begins at Hells Canyon Dam and ends at Pittsburg Landing approximately 32 miles down river. This stretch of the river offers exciting rapids class IV rapids along with excellent hunting and fishing. The second float begins at Pittsburg Landing and ends 46.5 miles down River at Heller Bar. This stretch has mostly mellow whitewater with occasional class III rapids and equally excellent hunting and fishing. On both sections of the river, each day as we travel from camp to camp, guests will have the opportunity to fish from the rafts and hunt the best areas along the shore. Hunters will pursue chukar along flat benches above the river navigating through knee high grass, rimrock outcrops, and scattered shrubs. In addition to chukars, wingshooters will have the opportunity to pursue scattered coveys of quail and hungarian partridge for a Hells Canyon mixed bag. After a long day of hunting and fishing, camp will be set and ready for your arrival.
Guided hunts in Hells Canyon have a standard length of 5 days but can be longer. Shorter trips are also available, but daily rates may be raised depending on group size. Groups must have a minimum of 4 people. Groups of less than 4 may be able to join an existing trip.
For information on equipment and gear visit our Chukar Hunt Overview page.