archery elk hunting and man with bull elk
archery elk hunting and scenic view of mountains
archery elk hunting and two hunters with elk antlers.
archery elk hunting and bow resting on log.
archery elk hunting and man with bow

Archery Elk Hunting

Our Montana archery elk hunting area includes over 300 square miles.  This is some of the best big game habitat in the lower 48 states.  Our local population of elk live in dark timber.  Hunting elk during the rut is all about bugling, cow calling and getting in close, real close.  Archery hunts are not for the faint of heart.  Being within bow range of a big bull will red line your adrenaline levels and test your skills!

  • Season(s): Mid-September through mid-October
  • Caliber: bow
Overview

This far northwest corner of Montana does not have huge herds of elk.  Instead it has many small bands averaging 10-15 animals.  We actually like it that way since fewer eyes, ears and noses offer us a bit of an advantage.  This area doesn’t have especially high elevations so the elk in our area don’t migrate in the traditional sense.  We find them on top of the ridges and down in the valley along the river as well.  The bulls in this area are also still very vocal and respond to bugling due to the lack of hunting pressure.

There is nothing more exciting than bringing a trophy bull into archery range! Typically, we start the day by combining bugles and cow calls in hopes of locating a hunt-able bull. Frequently, we’ll get several answers from a single ridge! This area has a good bull to cow ratio.  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 a decision regarding the best course of action.

Our archery elk hunting is done entirely by hiking and you will definitely increase your chances of success by being in the best physical shape possible. The ridges are high, the drainages steep, and the timber is thick.  Success on elk never comes easy even under the best and luckiest of circumstances.  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.

Our archery elk hunts are limited and we deliberately run a small camp with just a few guides on the ground each week.

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Rates

Mid-September through Mid-October

All trips are 7 nights lodging and 6 days hunting. Dates listed are arrival and departure dates (Sat. – Sat.)

Includes:

  • Log cabin lodging
  • Guided hunting each day
  • Lunches

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 $3900 per person
Elk only combo license $858 (approx.)

 

Week Dates
Week 1 September 14 – 21
Week 2 September 21 – September 28
Week 3 September 28 – October 5
Week 4 October 5 – 12

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 as your hunt.

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.