Rifle season for elk starts the third Saturday in October and ends the Sunday after thanksgiving. Northwest Montana offers some of the best elk hunting in Montana. The area we guide boast some of the oldest age class bulls in the state due to the terrain, cover and brow tine restrictions our area has to offer. You will be hunting elk from 2500 feet to 7000 feet. Our late season Montana elk hunt allows weather to push elk down the mountain, but due to the low elevation of our valley floor it concentrates our elk, as they do not have to migrate out of our area. During this time of year we use multiple methods of hunting to increase our odds of harvest a big Montana bull elk.
Although we scout year round for your hunt and have the best hunting guides Montana has to offer a lot of your success depends on weather, the ability of you the client, and being in the right place at the right time. We do everything we can to give you the best opportunity to harvest a bull elk of your dreams.
Archery Elk Hunting
Hunting elk in Northwest Montana with a bow should be the biggest adrenaline rush of your life. Hunting big Montana bulls with your bow while they are bugling during the mating season proves to be one of the most action-packed hunts we have to offer. Herd bulls are smart and weary, but come the rut they are full of testosterone and have one thing on their minds. Archery is one of the best hunts to do if you want to really experience elk hunting. There is nothing like hearing bulls screaming throughout a canyon as you and your guide get into position. Our average archery shot is 12 yards but practice 60 yards to point blank range. Our guides live and breath for our archery season to begin as it is one of our favorite hunts to guide. Seasoned guides are used to attempt to call elk within bow range. There is not a bigger rush in the lower 48 as an unsuspecting bugling bull elk steps into point blank range of your bow. Even the most skilled archers find themselves weak in the knees when they have an opportunity at an 800-pound bull elk in full rut.
We use 2 lodges as our base camp with options of wall tent camp sites and gypsy camp (spike camping) with tents to access backcountry hunting areas at this time of year. This allows us to stay as scent free as possible and allows the hunter and guide to have many different options and different hunting areas to access. Depending on the situation and ability of the client many methods of hunting are used at this time of the year to increase the clients odds of success: spot and stalk calling, wallows, tree stands and more. Our preferred method is to get in close with the wind in our face and set up in a calling sequence. A lot of things can go wrong while archery elk hunting and that is why we are prepared and use our vast knowledge of elk hunting to eliminate any missed opportunities. This hunt takes a lot of preparation; both by us and the client to insure you’re once in a lifetime Montana hunting trip. Remember to purchase your bow license prior to arrival and don’t forget Montana does not allow lighted sights or lumenok nocks. This hunt is usually turned into a combo hunt for elk, deer and bear.