Central Montana Elk & Deer Combo Hunt

Fully guided rifle or archery, license #36583

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Overview:
This trip is a fully guided archery or general rifle (depending on season) elk hunt under the big skies of Montana. Elk hunting is nothing short of spectacular and Charge Adventures prides itself on delivering a memorable experience for hunters of any experience level. Our expert guides are second to none in their knowledge and ability to deliver the big-game hunting experience of a lifetime.

Species and Limits:
One bull or cow elk (five-point minimum restriction for bull elk on private land). Optional add-on: one either sex whitetail deer OR one antlered mule deer on an incidental basis.

Location & Transportation:
This hunt will take place near Checkerboard, MT on approximately 90k acres of private and state land. The state land includes about 70k acres of the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest (AKA “the bedroom”), while the private ground consists of up to 20k acres of leased land along or near the Musselshell River (AKA “the kitchen”).

Guests typically fly into Bozeman, MT, Helena, MT or Great Falls, MT the day before the hunt, rent a vehicle and arrive at the designated meeting location in White Sulfur Springs, MT by 2pm. There, you’ll be met by our representative and escorted to base camp (about 40 minutes from the meeting location).

Hunt Style & Terrain:
Spot and stalk style hunt (horses only used as necessary for retrieving game).

The areas we’ll hunt are easily accessible and not terribly difficult to navigate (in terms of typical elk country), but may range from 5k feet in elevation near the river bottom to over 7k feet in the timbered draws, foothills and mountain parks. Of course, any elk hunt can be a physically challenging experience in which you may be required to put on a lot of miles in steep or rocky terrain. Therefore, it’s in guests’ best interest to be in as good of physical condition as possible to increase chances for success and help ensure an enjoyable hunt experience.

Success Ratio:
Typically 70% or better shooting opportunity on 240” to 320” bull elk. When option of deer hunt is added to the trip, mature whitetails and mule deer range throughout the area and are available on an incidental basis.

Price:
$6,500 per person (five-day archery or rifle hunt with up to two hunters per one guide). $1,000 add-on includes option for one either sex whitetail OR one antlered mule deer.

Price includes meals, lodging, guide, and skinning and packing out of game.

Price does not include airfare, transportation to/from designated meeting location, hunting license/tags, game processing, taxidermy fees, gratuities, or meal and hotel charges incurred before pack-in or after pack-out dates.

Note: A wounded animal shall be considered harvested and any continuation of the hunt will be at the sole discretion of the outfitter.

Gratuities:
Our team works hard to ensure your experience is as good as it can be from start to finish. Tips are of course at your discretion, but a good rule of thumb is 10% of hunt cost for our guides and 5% or hunt cost for our cook.

2021 Dates:

Archery Elk/Deer:  (Season Dates: Sept 4 – Oct 17, 2021)

  • Sept 4 – 8, 2021 (arrive on 3rd and depart on 9th)
  • Sept 11 – 15, 2021 (arrive on 10th and depart on 16th)
  • Sept 18 – 22, 2021 (arrive on 17th and depart on 23rd)
  • Sept 25 – 29, 2021 (arrive on Sep 24th and depart on 30th)
  • Oct 2 – 6, 2021 (arrive on 1st and depart on 7th)
  • Oct 9 – 13, 2021 (arrive on 8th and depart on 14th)

Rifle Elk/Deer:  (Season Dates: Oct 23 – Nov 28, 2021)

  • Oct 23 – 27, 2021 (arrive on 22nd and depart on 28th)
  • Oct 30 – Nov 3, 2021 (arrive on Oct 29th and depart on Nov 4th)
  • Nov 6 – 10, 2021 (arrive on 5th and depart on 11th)
  • Nov 13 – 17, 2021 (arrive on 12th and depart on 18th)
  • Nov 20 – 24, 2021 (arrive on 19th and depart on 25th)

2022 Dates (dates tentative):

Archery Elk/Deer:  (Tentative Season Dates: Sept 3 – Oct 16, 2022)

  • Sept 10 – 14, 2022 (arrive on 9th and depart on 15th)
  • Sept 17 – 21, 2022 (arrive on 16th and depart on 22nd)
  • Sept 24 – 28, 2022 (arrive on 23rd and depart on 29th)

Rifle Elk/Deer:  (Tentative Season Dates: Oct 22 – Nov 27, 2022)

  • Oct 29 – Nov 2, 2022 (arrive on 28th and depart on Nov 3rd)
  • Nov 5 – 9, 2022 (arrive on 4th and depart on 10th)
  • Nov 12 – 16, 2022 (arrive on 11th and depart on 17th)

Sample Itinerary:
Day one – Arrive in camp by 3pm. Sight in weapon, unpack, settle in, enjoy a hearty dinner, socialize and prepare for the following day’s hunt.

Days two through six – Depart in the morning after a full breakfast for a fully guided elk hunt. Break for lunch in the afternoon. Back to camp in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Day seven – Breakfast and departure.

Meals & Accommodations:
This hunt is conducted out of a very comfortable and fully outfitted wall tent style camp that includes
separate tents for dining and sleeping, as well as shower and toilet facilities. Home cooked meals will be
served each evening with lunches in the field and breakfast before departing on each day’s hunt.

All you’ll need to bring is a sleeping bag and your personal gear (recommended packing list will be provided).

Typical Weather Conditions:
Temperatures can fluctuate drastically and range from teens to 80 degrees with the possibility of rain or snow. Being prepared for various weather conditions is a must. We will provide you with a recommended gear list once you’ve booked your hunt.

Licensing Details:
Non-resident general elk/deer combo license/tags are available on a draw basis for $1046 (plus $10 archery permit). Application deadline is April 1st. An elk only license costs $884 and is also available upon a draw. Deer only combination is $612 and also based on a draw (muley and whitetail). After the drawing has taken place, leftover license/tags will be on a first come first serve basis until sold out. We will be happy to assist you in acquiring a license/tag.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Hunters Safety Card is required for all hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1985.

Processing:
Should you successfully harvest an animal, your guide will be responsible for field dressing, skinning and transporting your prize out of the backcountry and back to camp. Taxidermy and processing fees are the client’s responsibility.

Gear List:
For those who would prefer to travel light, we offer gun rental and ammo for purchase on site. We’ll provide a recommended gear list once you’ve booked your hunt.

Optional Activities:
Fishing may be available in nearby rivers, lakes and ponds.

Deposits:
A 50% non-refundable deposit must be paid to reserve your space. Final payments are due 60 days prior to hunt start date.

Caveat:
Information contained in this trip description is subject to change without notice. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Updated:
March 31, 2021. All rights reserved.

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