Merry Christmas Larry and Vicky!
My wife and I booked a trip for our honeymoon with Larry Jarrett and let me tell you, we were not disappointed! The lodge is spectacular and sits upon the beautiful Clearwater mountain tops with breath taking views that would make anyone stop in their tracks.
There are no words to express the level of hospitality you will experience with Larry and Vicky! They are truly amazing and make you feel right at home. The only thing better than the hospitality is the hunting!
On average we saw 30+ deer from each stand. You have nothing to worry about on this hunt! Truly a first class outfitter!
We would definitely recommend them to everyone.
Chris and Jolene Lopez”
Larry and Vicky
Thank you for a great experience. Jeanette and I really enjoyed ourselves.
Great hunt, great food, great lodging and wonderful hospitality! You run a first class operation.
Thanks again, Steve and Jeanette Wood
Sharing a guest testimonial with photo to share in thanks to Larry and Vicky during stay at our Idaho Lazy J Ranch.
My wife and I followed the pickup over and up on a steep mountain road. We passed through wooded and brushy canyons with long open views.
Good looking deer country, I thought, but not a deer in sight.
When we arrived, we introduced ourselves to the folks in the pickup who were the lodge owners, Larry and Vicky.
We had arrived at the Lazy J Ranch.
The Lazy J lodge is large and spacious, and with the owners accompanying us, they were very welcoming. We talked of the upcoming days, the hunt, the country, and my physical abilities. I told them that because of my very recent health problem, I thought this would be my last hunt; that I would never hunt again. Outfitter and Owner, Larry Jarrett, looked at me and said: “You don’t have to stop hunting. You just need to change the way you hunt.”
You’ve got to experience the Lazy J Ranch.
Private, scenic, and comfortable, with just a touch above being “off the grid”. The coffee is always on, the food is always good and plenty, the atmosphere easy and relaxing. And the hunting…….the same relaxed and comfortable feeling!
Hunt from a stand, and pick the stand you want at the time of day you want.
Deer? Lot’s of them! How about 60 in a day?!
Bucks and does. No monsters, but deer to get you excited and your blood pumping!
I took the deer I wanted. A four point Idaho whitetail from Lewis and Clark country that will be just perfect for eating.
And game care after the hunt?
That was perfect, too. Outfitter Larry Jarrett had my deer gutted, skinned, and cleaned in less than one hour. I’d never done that before.
You are so right, Larry Jarrett! I don’t have to stop hunting. I just have to change the way I hunt. You showed it to me. It was great.
Thank you. Let’s go hunting again!
Being a hunter all my life and a guide for over 40 years, the deep respect for wildlife that I have pursued is evident in the following story:The Kodiak Brown Bear in corresponding photos was spotted one mile east of a lodge that I owned at the time in Kiluda Bay, on Kodiak Island.
The Kodiak Brown Bear in corresponding photos was spotted one mile east of a lodge that I owned at the time in Kiluda Bay, on Kodiak Island.
My day had started out (as it usually does), with several guests in my boats, as we headed out to find another location to fish. I spotted a bear, just as he had entered the water. We were about a ¼ mile from him. We watched as he started swimming toward the far shore, which is right at a mile from the end of the big spit. We had slowed our two boats almost to a stop, watching this unusual sight. As I approached too, about 100 yards behind the bear, he seemed to be unaware of our boat’s presence. But as he was swimming along, it then appeared as though he was having difficulty.
My other boat had now caught up with me and was also observing the bear. Suddenly, the bear stopped swimming and started to go under. He then raised his head straight up in the air and began pawing the water frantically like he was trying to stay up. But then he started swimming again. However, for a second time, he once more went completely under the water, resurfacing a few seconds later. I simply, without any reservation, made the decision not to let this struggling creature perish if I could help it.
I powered the boat up beside him just as he was going under for the third time. I grabbed him between the ears and heaved him up beside the boat and by having him firmly between his ears, kept his head pointed away so he could not bite me—which he was trying to do. It was then that things really got interesting! The bear actually bit the top side of the boat and had one paw over the side. By pushing and turning him, I was able to keep him at bay. Our boat was a 19 foot skiff. At that point, I asked one of my guests to drive the boat and he replied: “Hell”, I have never driven a boat!” (I might add the guest was white as a sheet). My reply is as vivid today as it was at that instant: “You better learn how to quick, ‘cause I am not letting go of this Grizzly Bear!”
I asked another guest to hand me a rope and I managed to get it through the bear’s mouth and behind his ears so he did not choke down. After the bear’s initial reaction to bite me, and by me talking to him to try and relax him for the ½ mile tow to the far shore, he appeared to become more subdued. Even so, he did actually bite a hole in my fuel line and an electrical line before he actually calmed down.
I had shut down the engine on our boat to avoid getting him injured by the prop and I then instructed the other boat to get in front of my boat with a rope attached to us, to tow us in. I then managed to get the bear in position behind my boat, beside the shutdown engine for the trip ashore.
With the bear now beside the engine, it made the tow much easier on him. He put his one paw on my engine mount and the other on the side of the boat as we proceeded. With me talking to him, he actually relaxed, just lying there in the water, looking at me very calmly. He seemed to understand I was trying to help him and that I meant him no harm.
As we reached the far shore, I let the rope loose. As the water became shallow enough he began to wade and when he reached the shoreline in knee deep water, he stopped and turned his head and for a few seconds just paused and looked at me as if to say, “THANKS!”
The above is an actual and true story by Larry Jarrett.
This past October I had the distinct pleasure of hunting with Larry Jarrett at his Idaho ranch.
Larry Jarrett runs his hunts for a full 8 days and I can honestly say that I have never seen so much and varied wild game in my life.
His 1400 acres is alive with deer, elk, black bear, turkey, ring-neck pheasants, and California Quail. His lodge is full of north American trophies, is magnificently furnished and sits atop one of the Bitterroot ridges (foothills of the Rocky Mountain Range) with a breathtaking view.
Larry’s other half, Vicky, is the perfect outdoors woman, preparing excellent meals and providing wonderful company. Oh yes…..she is responsible for MANY of the magnificent trophies hanging on the wall!
I have been on 15 to 20 guided hunts in my 68 years ranging from Hawaii to Newfoundland and can say I saw MORE GAME on Larry’s whitetail hunt than I have on any other, and the facilities are the best.
I recommend this hunt, without reservation. Quite simply, it is the finest guided hunt I have ever been on.
- Bruce Tangel firstname.lastname@example.org
I started hunting with Larry Jarrett about 2010, and have been to his Stites, ID ranch every season – sometimes twice a season – every year since.
I was unfamiliar with “stand” hunting before hunting with Larry. My normal approach had been “spot and stalk,” and admittedly I was a bit dubious with the thought of sitting and glassing for hours. Those doubts passed quickly, and it’s now my favorite style of hunting. I can tell you that after at least ten hunts on his ranch, with each day consisting of a morning and afternoon stand, I have never once NOT seen deer! That’s an astounding record if you think about it! Never once have I sat on a stand and not seen at least one deer, or several, including many bucks.
One memorable morning, as daylight began to brighten my surroundings enough to see, deer started to appear. Everywhere! By the time Larry came to retrieve me for breakfast (about 10:30AM), I had counted over 70, including 17 bucks! I let the morning pass without firing a shot, preferring to wait for other options.
And you’ll see not only mulies and white tail deer, but the observant hunter will spot anything from coyotes to black bear, elk, turkeys and pheasant, and if you’re truly lucky, perhaps even a mountain lion.
Larry’s significant other, Vicki, is the real backbone of the entire Lazy J ranch. She will cook two outstanding meals a day, send you out with a box lunch, provide pre-dinner snacks, tend the wood stove, clean up, and, now get this, when Larry’s called away or otherwise occupied, she takes over his job, right down to tracking and field dressing! I am in awe of her.
Larry and Vicki have done a terrific job, and over the many years I’ve returned there, I’ve seen improvements every year, from new stands to feed plots (planted grass/alfalfa, not bait!), and even watering holes, all designed to improve his deer herd – and it’s working! I’ve seen better quality deer these last two or three years, and this year I left several very nice bucks out there to breed! They’re still there!
In 2017, Larry Jarrett will possess 47 years as a licensed hunting outfitter and guide in Idaho, AND 31 years as a fishing guide in Alaska.
He has been asked many times to do a book on his extensive career as a guide.
Guests and friends have suggested many times to post a story on the day he saved a Brown Bear from Drowning ( quite a story in its self) but Who knows ??
Not just a guide but a caring person as to the well being of the Hunting and Fishing resource.
We had the pleasure of hosting Ultimate Survival crew in 2014 for the filming of their show. That was a lot of fun!
In both years 2015 and 2016, the Alaska Bush People family and film crew were our guests at our Wild Alaska fishing lodge.
What a great bunch they are! Each of the family members were delightful and kind, and were so much fun to hang out with AND fish!
Our sincere thanks to them and the Discovery Crew and all the support provided. We want to give them a special welcome back again soon!