MONTANA WHITETAIL HUNTS

This outfitter provides clients with access to the absolute best Montana whitetail hunting grounds to be found: a concession in Kootenai National Forest in the state’s northwest corner. While many other areas in Montana have seen populations damaged by disease and unforgiving winters, leading to decreased opportunity rates and trophy quality, the deer in the far northwest of the state have steadily increased in number. With the Rocky Mountains shielding them from the disasters that have befallen their cousins, the national forest status protecting their habitat, and the limited hunting pressure in the area, these deer continuously grow in both abundance and impressiveness.

WHITETAIL TROPHY QUALITY

There are always a few bucks taken in this area each year that score 170 points B&C or even higher. The outfitter always aims to help clients take bucks that are a minimum of four years old, and most hunters succeed in bagging one that scores between 130 and 150 points.

THE HUNT

This outfitter’s veteran guides scout all year long in order to find the best bucks possible. They are all locals and know the area and its wildlife better than anyone else. They keep careful tabs on which animals survive the gauntlet each year—first the hunting season and then the winter. When it warms up, they locate the new feeding grounds and identify which bucks show the most potential. Your hunt will have the forward intelligence of a military strike.

The terrain here is dominated by steep ridges and dense coniferous forests. Cedar, ponderosa and lodgepole pine, western larch and Douglas fir are some of the most common species. Combined with the steep terrain on which they grow, they provide both a beautiful and challenging setting for your hunt.

While the outfitter can accommodate people with physical limitations when given advance notice, they work best by using intensive spot-and-stalk methods involving serious hiking. Hunters who are in great shape will have the best chances.

The Montana whitetail hunting season begins at the end of October and lasts until the end of November.

LODGING

What little time you have between hunts will be spent in comfortable log cabins in the Yaak Valley. These have everything you need (including a kitchen with plenty of cooking gear, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sleeping loft) and just about everything you could want (Internet access, a gas grill, down comforters and flannel sheets).

PRICING

An elk combo license for bowhunters costs $851. For rifle hunters, a deer/elk combo license costs $1001, while those who only want to hunt deer can get their license for $597.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

To reserve your hunt, you will need to pay a 50% deposit at the time of booking. The rest is due 75 days before you leave for your trip. You can pay by personal or business check, Bitcoin, or Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Credit cards incur an additional 3.5% surcharge. There are no refunds, so please be sure to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

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