hells canyon &
Eagle Cap Wilderness

Where the wilderness takes you,
we'll guide the way.


All of our camps are packed in a minimum of 3 miles from the nearest trailhead. We situate our camps 3-5 miles apart to give your group the best opportunity for an isolated hunt.

drop camp

We provide riding and pack animals to transport you and your equipment to the designated campsite. We will check on you periodically during the hunt. No stock will be left in camp.

Any game must be quartered and packed to your camp, or a location near a trail that we can safely access with our stock.

Our drop and supplied camps can be up to 10-day hunts. See our “Suggested Packing List” under How To Pack.

Bow Hunter

Supplied camp

Our supplied camp includes all of the same packing services included in our drop camp as well as the following equipment:

  • Wall Tent
  • Wood Stove
  • Propane Stove & Fuel
  • Lantern & Fuel
  • Shovel
  • Axe & Saw
  • Sleeping Cots
  • Folding Chairs
  • Tables

Sour Apple Outfitters does not supply the following:

  • Wood
  • Water containers
  • Food
  • Kitchen (including cookware, plates, utensils)
Mountain Lake

sheep & goat

An all inclusive hunt built for a rare opportunity. All camping equipment, meals and a cook/camp tender will be provided. All you need to pack is your hunting and personal gear. Deluxe hunts are 7 days (5 full days of hunting) with daily professional guide service.

Drop camp services may also be provided. Call for availability and pricing.


Summer Drop Camp

Personalized trips into the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Only available in the month of August. $400/per person round trip with all of your own gear.



2024 price list

Does not include license & tag
We are based in Wallowa County, Oregon with our hunts located in the Imnaha and Snake River Units. Our base camps are one to three hours drive from Joseph, depending on the season and unit that you are hunting. Prior to your hunt, we will send you driving directions to the trailhead that you will be packed in from, as well as exact dates and times of pack-in.

How to pack

For your safety and the safety of our animals, load limits will be strictly enforced

Personal Gear

a riding animal will be provided for each member of your group

The number of pack animals available to you are based on the number of people in your camp, and the type of camp you are booked in.

Additional mules (if available) will be charged an additional per day rate.

Bows and rifles are best packed in soft cases and will be top packed for safety and accessibility.
Pack Animals

loads are not to exceed 60 lbs per side or 120 lbs per animal

We recommend your gear be weighed evenly (within five lbs.) and marked prior to arriving. Multiple small duffles are preferred over one large duffle to assure a balanced load on the mule.

To get you on the trail as quickly as possible, we ask that you try to arrange your gear in 60 lb. packs. We occasionally may need to move items around to adjust or balance the load.
Recommendations -
Flexible Rubbermaid type totes, 13-18 gallon

Coolers should be 48-60 quart size
Pack Box

Bulk is just as important as weight

It's important to have your gear weighed out evenly and ready to go when you show up at the trailhead.

Please email or call us if you have questions about how or what to pack.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your refund policy?

The 30% deposit is non-refundable.  However, in certain circumstances, medical emergency or extreme weather conditions, we will work with you on rescheduling or rolling your deposit over to the next season.

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Do I need to purchase a license & Tag?

Yes, you are responsible for purchasing license and tags prior to your hunt. For more information on available hunts, licensing requirements and how to apply, please visit ODFW for resources.

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What are the deposit requirements?

We require a 30% deposit to hold your reservation for the chosen hunt. Contact us early in the year as these are all on a first come, first serve reservation basis. If you fail to draw your tag, you can apply your deposit to a future hunt or summer trip. No refunds.

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Is there a limit to hunters in my group?

Hunts require a deposit for a minimum of two hunters. Final count for group needs to be provided 30 days prior to hunt, when full balance is due.

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Do you have any non-hunter options?

For every two paid hunters, you may bring one non-tag holder for 1/2 price.

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how do i secure my spot?

Give us a call, or shoot us an email. Hunts are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Deposit will be required to secure your spot. Balance is due 30 days prior to your hunt.

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What our clients say

“I’ve used 10+ outfitters over the last 20 years and Sour Apple was hands down the most responsive and well-managed of all of them. They did exactly what they said they would do in the time frame they agreed to.  I highly recommend if you are looking at a back country experience in their area!”

Nathan Loren

“Jacob, Monte, and crew were awesome! I’ve been on several outfitted wilderness elk hunts, and you guys (and gals) are hands down the best! You guys all have such a great (can do attitude!) Really appreciated all your hard work and effort on our behalf this year, and can’t wait to repeat.”

Dan Stadeli

“After fifteen plus years of hiking, backpacking and summer drop camps in the Eagle Cap Wilderness I was pleased to connect with Sour Apple Outfitters in 2023. I already have a trip booked in 2024, and another one planned.”

Edgar Wales

“This was my first pack in elk hunt so I had a ton of questions. Jacob and Ashley were extremely fast at responding and very easy to get ahold of. They both went above and beyond to make sure I had thebest possible experience. Monte and Tyrel were laughing and joking with us on the ride to and from camp, they were both fantastic. I can’t say enough good things about Sour Apple Outfitters. They have a top-notch crew and I will definitely be booking again. Jacob, Ashley, and the crew made it a hunt I will remember for a lifetime.”

Jacob Lehrbach

“SourApple Outfitters was incredibly accommodating, professional, and enjoyable to collaborate with during our two Elk camps this summer and fall. Witnessing a diligent American family passionately manage their dream business was a great experience, as they consistently went above and beyond. We are fortunate to have them as our outfitter and will continue to support their awesome family-run business.”

Scott Conerly/Piazza Camp

“We went out with Sour Apple this year, 2023. They are incredibly easy to communicate with and they have quick follow up. Our group tagged out on the trip. The day before our pack out date, we dropped a bull cross canyon and had a full day and nights work ahead of us. I made a call to Jacob and hatched a plan that complicated camp pack out, but he helped us retrieve the elk in a much easier manner. Sour Apple went above and beyond to help us out. Highly recommend… we will back!”

Joe Behrman

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wilderness integrity

leave no trace

our policy

New Beginnings

In the fall of 2022, long time family friends, Shawn & Shelly Steen (Steen's Wilderness Adventures) chose to take a step back from the business and offered us the opportunity to build on their traditions and legacy as outfitters. We are honored to have the opportunity to continue to provide exceptional outfitting services in this remote corner of Wallowa County!

-Sour Apple Outfitters, Jacob & Ashley Spaur

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