Southwest Montana Elk Hunts

Backcountry Montana Adventures specializes in fair chase archery and rifle elk hunts. The public lands we guide in Southwest Montana have known large elk numbers as well as a good bull to cow ratio.

Your hunting opportunities will be enhanced on the public lands we guide by our experienced team of local guides. All of us having 15 plus years of experience hunting the mountains of Southwest Montana and are excited to share our love for the land and the creatures that inhabit it.

2018 Hunting Opportunities





All elk hunts begin on a Sunday and end on Saturday with the exception week one of rifle season which allow hunters to show up on Friday before opening day.

2018 Rates

$4000/per hunter for parties who book in groups of two. Groups of two will be matched together with one guide.

$5200/per hunter who want guaranteed 1-to-1 guided hunting.

Week 1 Rifle Hunts 

An additional $800/per hunter because the week includes two full additional hunting days.

Payment Schedule

1/2 of total due is required to reserve your hunt.

The remaining balance is due 30-days after hunting license drawing results are released by Montana FWP.

Invoices will be emailed upon reservation.


Backcountry Montana Adventures is permitted to guide hunts on public lands in Montana deer and elk hunting districts 300, 302, and 328. We also have the ability to guide on private lands and are looking to grow this opportunity for our clients.

Hunters are responsible for paying and applying for their own hunting licenses. You should apply before the March 15 application deadline.

Please contact or us for more information.

Archery season is usually hot. As the season progresses, we expect cooler to cold weather. Rain or snow can hit at any time. We have archery hunted when the daytime high hit 100 degrees and have also had a week of straight rain. We have archery hunted the same weeks in a different year and got 10 inches of snow overnight. Come prepared for the worst and hope for the best.

Our rifle hunts begin in October, and we expect mid-range temperatures during the days, and freezing nights. As the season progresses, the chance of colder, snowy weather increases. Be prepared to layer up as the temperatures can fluctuate from -20 to 70 in the Montana mountains.

During the warmer archery season, we get into the mountains and hunt from a wall tent camp. Each tent has cots, bedrolls, and wood stove heat for up to four hunters. Camp has an outdoor restroom and shower with heated water.

As the season cools and rifle season begins, we move into the lower foothills and stay in furnished cabins. The different cabins we stay in have different layouts, but we want to accommodate your comfort, so you are rested and ready to hunt. In most situations, we will put you up in your own bed but you might be set up with a cot and bedroll.

We prepare an incredible menu for hunting season and a cook to prepare breakfast and dinner each day. Lunch is made to go each morning from a wide assortment of options of lunch meats, fruits, vegetables, home cooked cookies and different snacks.  Losing weight is not on our menu as aA delicious variety of food is served in large quantities.

Your personal gear, sleeping bag, meat processing and shipping, taxidermy, licenses, gratuities, and any other items not listed as being included.

We will provide you with a recommended list of personal gear to bring for your hunt when you’ve booked your hunt.

We provide round trip shuttles with different associated costs from the following airports:

  • Butte, Montana—$300
  • Bozeman, Montana—$400
  • Missoula, Montana—$500
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho—$400

Shuttles are for four or fewer passengers. We can accommodate more passengers with prior notice.

If you choose to rent a car or drive, we will provide you with directions.

Depending on availability we can accommodate fishing, bird hunts or private land whitetails hunt days prior or after your elk hunt.

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