Archery Elk Hunts
September 1 through October 14
Northwest corner of Montana
Fall big game hunting starts with archery elk and this northwest corner of Montana does not have huge herds of elk but instead has many small bands throughout each drainage averaging 6-12 animals. We actually like it that way since fewer eyes, ears, and noses offer us a bit of an advantage. The bulls in this area are also still very vocal and respond to bugling due to a lack of hunting pressure.
There is nothing more exciting than bringing a trophy bull into archery range and typically we start the day by combining bugles with cow calls to immediately locate a workable bull. Frequently we’ll get several answers from a single ridge! This area has a good bull to cow ratio and if a bull has no cows, often times he’ll want to investigate in hopes of hooking up with a harem. If he’s already with cows, he may answer, but he may not want to leave his cows either. At this point your guide will make decision regarding the best course of action.
As is the case with all our big game hunts, our bow hunts are done on foot and above all, you will increase your chances of success immeasurably by being in the best physical shape possible. The ridges are high, the drainages steep, and the timber is thick. Under the best and luckiest of conditions and circumstances, elk never come easy. They’re cagey, wary, extraordinarily beautiful and majestic and will test your nerve when bearing down on you—chest heaving, bugling, raking, on high alert even though they’re hot and all worked up in the rut.