Montana

Elk & Deer Hunt

Trip Overview

Many hunters dream of chasing bulls under the big skies of Montana their entire lives. At Charge Adventures, we offer our clients the opportunity to fulfill that dream. Whether you prefer archery or rifle, our seasoned guides pride themselves on creating memories that last a lifetime regardless of our clients’ experience level.

This trip is a fully guided and outfitted archery or general rifle elk hunt under the big skies of Montana. Elk hunting is nothing short of spectacular. Our expert guides are second to none in their knowledge and ability to deliver the big-game hunting experience of a lifetime. 

HUNT DETAILS

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
This hunt will take place near Checkerboard, MT on approximately 90k acres of private and state land. 

Archery Elk & Deer Hunt Dates
Sep. 14–18, 2024 / Sep. 21–25, 2024 / Sep. 28 – Oct. 2, 2024

Oct. 5–9, 2024 / Oct. 12–16, 2024

Rifle Elk & Deer Hunt Dates
Oct. 26–30, 2024 / Nov. 2–6, 2024 / Nov. 9–13, 2024 / Nov. 16–20, 2024 / Nov. 23–27, 2024

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

Licensing
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.

Charge Adventures MT License #36583

SPECIES AND LIMITS:
Fully guided rifle or archery. 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.

2024 DATES:

ARCHERY ELK/DEER:  (SEASON DATES: SEP. 7 – OCT. 20, 2024)

  • Sep. 14 – 18, 2024 (arrive on 13th and depart on 19th)
  • Sep. 21 – 25, 2024 (arrive on 20th and depart on 26th)
  • Sep. 28 – Oct 2, 2024 (arrive on Sep. 27th and depart on Oct. 2)
  • Oct. 5 – 9, 2024 (arrive on 4th and depart on 10th)
  • Oct. 12 – 16, 2024 (arrive on 11th and depart on 17th)

RIFLE ELK/DEER:  (SEASON DATES: OCT. 26 – DEC. 1, 2024)

  • Oct 26 – 30, 2024 (arrive on 25th and depart on 31st)
  • Nov 2 – 6, 2024 (arrive on 1st and depart on 7th)
  • Nov 9 – 13, 2024 (arrive on 8th and depart on 14th)
  • Nov 16 – 20, 2024 (arrive on 15th and depart on 21st)
  • Nov 23 27, 2024 (arrive on 22nd and depart on 28th)

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.

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