We hunt elk and deer in area #280 adjacent to the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat Wildernesses in the Lolo National Forest. Our guided camp is about 7 miles from the nearest road and we use horses and mules to travel to camp and hunt the area. In the late summer of 2017 the area burned and we did not hunt the area until last fall (2019). We set up a drop camp about 3 miles from our guided camp and a nice bull was taken early in the hunt. A private party camped and hunted not far from our guided camp and 3 hunters took 2 nice bulls. The area has recovered with much grass and brush replacing the old growth timber that was predominant before the fire. I feel it's time to start hunting the area again in the early season beginning on September 15th .
I expect that our hunting techniques will be modified to fit the current more open conditions. We hunted the area for 17 years prior to the 2017 fire and we had certain areas we wanted to be at when dawn broke to glass. We would then begin hiking to areas where the elk would spend their days. On scouting the last couple years it seems the elk still congregate in the same areas. The guides and I look forward to perfecting our knowledge of the new conditions in the area this season. We usually gain altitude on our horses and then tie up along ridges that are between 6800' and 7800'. There are many drainages along this series of ridges and we glass and walk into the heads of these bowls. We expect spot and stalk opportunities will be more plentiful after the fires.
Our guided camp is at 5200' elevation on a flat bench just off the trail. I plan on putting up 3 or 4 tents with cots, wood stoves, and chairs in the sleeping tents and table, chairs and full kitchen in the cook tent. We keep our stock in corrals at camp so they're ready for use whenever we want to go hunting. We serve excellent meals. Breakfast includes a variety of American foods including pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs and other main courses.
While the cook is making breakfast we will put out meats, cheeses and bread along with fruits and snacks to make your own lunches.
Dinners will have fresh salads every night with main entrée of steak, chicken breasts, pork chops, and a spaghetti night along with other delicious main courses.
Hunt #1September 14th through the 21st.
Hunt #2 September 24th through October 1
Price per hunter $4200
A $1200 deposit is required to reserve your hunt.
Maximum of 4 hunter in each camp.