BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS
BIG GAME HUNTING (2018)
ELK AND MULE DEER EARLY RIFLE SEASON (September 15 through October 20, 2018)
If you are looking for a true Wilderness hunt, that is deep enough in the back country for you to experience a true horseback, fair chase experience, in wild country that supports excellent elk , whitetail and mule deer habitat with an opportunity to harvest a respectable bull or buck, then this hunt is for you.
Our Wilderness base-camp is 19 miles into the Bob Marshall Wilderness in an area that offers timbered slopes with pristine alpine mountain meadows, basins, ridges and streams. While we can hunt right out the door of our tents, we will usually ride an hour or so each morning into remote areas that offers excellent hunting opportunities. The Highest hunting elevation is about 8600 feet along ridges that look into high mountain basin lakes. The combination of these habitat types create an excellent location to hunt for mule deer and bugling elk.
ELK AND DEER EARLY RIFLE HUNTS:
We will be hunting in Hunting District 150, in the heart of the Young’s Creek Drainage. We will be offering Rifle hunts that start at the front end of the peak of the elk bugle season. The early Back country Rifle season opens on September 15. Each rifle hunt is 7 days in length. When you purchase an elk/deer combination tag, you can harvest a Brow-tine bull elk and any antlered Mule or Whitetail deer. The Brow-tine regulation has been effective in producing bigger more mature age class bulls. In addition you can hunt upland birds and fish some of the best trout waters to be found anywhere and only a stone throws away from camp. Deer only combination licenses are also available if you want to focus on deer only. Other species that you can hunt are moose, black bear, mountain goat and wolf with proper licensing. Total cost is $4500.00 and limited to 6 hunters per hunt.
1) September 1 – 7 ARCHERY SPIKE CAMP – 1 CAMP FOR 2 PEOPLE
Early Wilderness Rifle Hunt
2) September 14 – 20
3) September 24 – 30
4) October 4 – 10
5) October 14-20
ARCHERY EARLY ELK/DEER HUNT: 2018
September 1 – 7, 2018
We will also offer 1 Archery hunt in 2018 at our “Spike Camp”. Archery season generally opens the first Saturday in September. The hunting dates for this year will be Sept. 2 through 6. You will ride in horseback on Sept. 1 to the Spike camp. The last day, Sept. 7 we will pack you back out to the trailhead. The Spike Camp is “lightly staffed” with 1 guide and 1 camp cook/tender, due to the remoteness. We will use pack and riding stock to get you in and out of camp, as well as packing out any game you harvest, but we don’t keep stock in camp. Hunters will hike out to hunt each day. The livestock will be at our main camp on Young’s Creek at Cabin Creek. This hunt is limited to only 3 hunters. Package price is $4500.00.
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HUNTERS MUST APPLY BY MAY 1 TO MOUNTAIN GOAT HUNTING DISTRICT 133. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR IF SUCCESSFUL, CONTACT US FOR DETAILS
HUNTERS MUST APPLY BY MAY 1 TO MOOSE HUNTING DISTRICT 150. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR IF SUCCESSFUL, CONTACT US FOR DETAILS.
Black Bear are common and may be hunted as the primary species or in conjunction with our Elk/Deer hunts. 2016 was an excellent year hunting black bears. In one 24 hour period Connie and her hunter observed 13 bears (both Black and Grizzly) while they were sitting in one location. Hunters must take and pass a bear identification test before purchasing a 2017 black bear hunting license. There are two ways to take the test and receive your certification: • ONLINE at FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov and search ’Bear ID Test’ OR • MAIL IN – Request a mail-in test by calling 406-444-2535. Licenses will be available online or over the counter.
If you are interested in harvesting a wolf, we suggest that you buy a wolf tag (or 2 or 3) and hunt in conjunction with our other hunts. Wolf hunting is generally opportunistic as they do pass through the areas we hunt. We did have several hunters get within 20 feet of wolves and we did harvest wolves in 2016.
Outfitter & Guide: Connie Long and Mack Long
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