Planning is key for a successful big game hunt in Montana.
We provide transportation to and from the Missoula Airport. We require a deposit on all trips and hunts to make a reservation. The balance is to be paid in cash, certified check, money order or travelers checks upon your arrival. Your deposit will be forfeited if you cancel or don’t arrive. Deposits will be refunded if required licenses are not obtained, please allow 30 days, or you may apply your deposit to hunt the following year. Lodging, day before and day after hunt is not included – scroll down for our local recommendations. Meals during the hunt are be provided. We make no guarantees relating to hunt success since we have no control over weather, season closure or an individual hunters shooting skills.
Bring good foot gear. I recommend insulated pack type boot with removable liners, dry weather boots and plenty of wool and cotton socks. Boots with air bob soles are best, regular vibram sole do not work well when side-hilling.
Limit your pack to 70 pounds. Choose your clothing carefully. Wool shirts and pants, flannel shirt and technical gear are perfect. Bring a heavy and light wool jacket or technical jacket such as Sitka Gear.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The day starts at 4:00 am for the cook and guides, we have coffee and discuss the upcoming events of the day. Between 4:30 and 5:00 the guides catch, grain and saddle all stock that will be used that day. I will arrive at your tent approximately at 5:00 to light your stove and lantern and if you are lucky, a cup of coffee. A hearty breakfast will be served at 5:30. Conversation will continue about the day’s hunt. Sometime before 6:30 visit the outhouse. We will be riding out around 6:30 am with lunch, water, gun, daypack, etc.
We will be riding to the pre-arranged hunting spot usually between 45 minutes and 2 hours, where the horses will be tied for the day. Grab your lunch, water, daypack and gun. Don’t forget the ammunition! The hunting for the rest of the day will be on foot. You will arrive back at the horses in the evening tired and satisfied with a good day’s hunt and looking forward to a good camp meal. If you have harvested your elk, your guide will field dress it, likely it will be left overnight and the next day will be spent retrieving and packing it to camp or the ranch depending on time.