During the rifle season bulls have started to move away from cows and become more solitary. That means first we find them by hiking to the ridgetops, and then we slow down and hunt them. Our rifle elk hunts are all about putting in the time. Average shot distance is 100 yards. We like to get close and we are always generally in deep timber. Slipping in on a big, solo bull is as exciting as it gets!
This area of Montana has good populations of elk. Instead of huge herds of animals, this area has small bands averaging 6-12 animals. These elk do not migrate but basically just live and travel a few miles from the ridges to valley floor and back again each day. This is dense timber and we hunt our elk more or less like we hunt our trophy whitetails. We like to hoof it and you can expect to cover a fair number of miles each day. Typically if you’re concentrating on elk, we’ll start hiking an hour before daylight and head for the top of the ridges or the head of the drainages. Elk like security and generally that means they’re not going to be close the roads or hanging around the creek bottoms.
Early in the season (last week of October) it’s not uncommon to find bulls still traveling with cows. Bugling and especially cow calling can still be effective this time of year. But as the season progresses, bulls will become increasingly independent and concentrate exclusively on feeding, resting, and recovering from the rigors of the rut. At this point it’s all about putting in the miles, finding an animal to work with and doggedly chasing him until you get a shot.
We encourage all our guests to purchase the deer/elk big game combination tag. That way you can concentrate on the animal of your choice, but not pass up a shot at the other species. Keep in mind in this area deer and elk are found in essentially the same area.
October through November.
All trips are 7 nights lodging and 6 days hunting. Dates listed are arrival and departure dates (Sat. – Sat.)
Call for price and availability if you have drawn a special permit. The cabins have full kitchens and gas grills for your use for breakfast and dinner. Rates do not include Montana accommodations tax or guide/staff gratuities.
|Package||Cost (per person)|
|One on one hunt||$5000 per person|
|Two on one hunt||$3400 per person|
|Elk combo license||$1001 (approx.)|
|Week 1||October 20 – 27|
|Week 2||October 27 – November 3|
|Week 3||November 3 – 10|
|Week 4||November 10 – 17|
|Week 5||November 17 – 24|
A $1500.00 per person deposit is required to hold your reservation. If you cancel your reservation for any reason your deposit is non-refundable. Otherwise, deposits will be applied to the cost of your reservation. If you are unsuccessful in drawing a Montana license the deposit may be refunded or applied to the next season.
Balance of payment is due August 1st during same calendar year.
After August 1st all payments are non-refundable. It is nearly impossible to re-book cancelled trips after the big game licenses have been issued. For this reason we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance