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We take a limited number of elk hunters to sustain a high quality wildlife harvest and provide the best possible experience for our hunters.

Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) hunting regulations and dates are released in February of each year. Please check the MFWP website for confirmation of season dates.

Rifle Elk Hunting in Montana

Early Season Wilderness Rifle Elk Hunting

We have two early season rifle wilderness hunting camps. One in Hellroaring drainage, and one on private land surrounded by wilderness. We offer early season rifle wilderness hunts from our backcountry camp, Hellroaring. Early season hunts are primary target elk. However, if you have a deer license, bear permit, or wolf tag they are fair game with no extra charge. These hunts book very early. The early season begins September 15th.

The early season rifle elk/deer wilderness hunts are 7 day hunts (day in, 5 days hunting, day out). We hunt 1 guide to 2 hunters, and take 6-8 hunters.

ELK (priority), DEER, BLACK BEAR, *WOLF
Season begins September 15th, 2019
Hunt #1: September 14–20 (Hellroaring)
Hunt #2: September 22-28 (Private land surrounded by wilderness)
Hunt #3: September 29-October 5 (Private land surrounded by wilderness)
Location: Hellroaring Camp, Private land surrounded by wilderness
Accommodations: tent camp, meals provided
Trip length: 7 days: 1 day in, 5 days hunting, 1 day out
Price: $5,700 package deal 2×1
License needed for elk and deer: General Big Game Combination License
License deadline: March 15
Other license options: black bear & wolf -over the counter
License deadline: Fall Black bear – August 31 / Wolf – check MFWP

General Season Wilderness

During the general season we offer several elk and deer hunting options. General season rifle elk and deer wilderness hunts are run out of our backcountry camp at Independence or out of a private lodge bordering the wilderness.

The Independence hunt is a 7-day hunt (day in, 5 days hunting, day out). We hunt 1 guide to 2 hunters and take 4-8 hunters on a hunt. Wilderness hunts from the backcountry tent camp typically take place during the first week of the general season, but can extend to other weeks, weather permitting. We have the use of a cabin and a lodge near the wilderness hunting area as additional accommodation options.

ELK (priority), DEER, BLACK BEAR, WOLF
Season: October 26-December 1, 2019
Hunt #1: Oct 25-31
Location: Independence/Boulder Drainage area
Accommodations: Lodge, meals provided
Trip Length: 7 days: 1 day in, 5 days hunting, 1 day out
Price: $5,700 package deal
License needed for elk and deer: General Big Game Combination License
License deadline: March 15th
Other license options: black bear & wolf -over the counter
License deadline: Fall Black bear – August 31 / Wolf – check MFWP

Learn more about what's included, dates and travel arrangements. Download our Wilderness Hunting Guide.
Download our Wilderness Hunting Packet

General Season Private Land Rifle Elk Hunting

Our private land rifle hunts are on select ranches near Big Timber, MT and the Lazy EL Ranch in Roscoe, MT. These ranch hunts are 7-day hunts (arrival day, 5 days hunting, departure day). Most of these ranches are hunted with a general license. However, we do have additional ranches to hunt if you draw a special elk permit. All hunts include comfortable lodging and three meals a day.
Wildlife abounds on our private land ranches and includes healthy populations of elk, deer, and antelope. All of our ranch hunts are fully guided. Our guides our experienced and licensed by the Montana Board of Outfitters. In order to maximize our hunters’ experience, we limit the number of hunters on each trip.

Big Timber Ranches

The Big Timber Ranch hunts cover thousands of acres of rolling hills with flowing creeks just minutes outside of Big Timber, MT. Elk, deer and antelope primarily populate these ranches, Most of the Big Timber ranches are hunted with General License for elk and deer. However, we do have additional ranches to hunt, if you draw a special elk permit. These hunts are 7 days (arrival day, 5 days hunting, departure day). We take 6-8 hunters, and hunt 1 guide to 2 hunters.

General Rifle Season: October 26-December 1, 2019
Hunt #1: Oct 25-31
Hunt #2: Nov 1-7
Hunt #3: Nov 8-14
Hunt #4: Nov 15-21
Hunt #5: Nov 22-28
Location: Big Timber Ranches
Accommodations: lodge, meals provided
Trip Length: 7 days: arrival day, 5 days hunting, departure day
Price: $5700 per hunter–2×1 hunt
License needed: Most of the Big Timber Ranches are hunted with a General Big Game Combination License. A few of the ranches are special permit for elk. We encourage you to apply for the special permit unit along with your General Big Game Combo license application. Special Permit Areas for Elk: 570-20 and 580-22
License deadline: March 15th

General Rifle Season: October 26-December 1, 2019
Hunt #1: Oct 25-31
Hunt #2: Nov 1-7
Hunt #3: Nov 8-14
Hunt #4: Nov 15-21
Hunt #5: Nov 21-27
Location: Big Timber Ranches
Accommodations: lodge, meals provided
Trip Length: 7 days: arrival day, 5 days hunting, departure day
Price: $6,700 per hunter 2×1 hunt (if in season, antelope or black bear can be substituted for deer)
License needed: Most of the Big Timber Ranches are hunted with a General Big Game Combination License. A few of the ranches are special permit for elk. We encourage you to apply for the special permit unit along with your General Big Game Combo license application.
Special Permit Areas for Elk: 570-20 and 580-22
License deadline: March 15th

THE DIVIDE RANCH

For the rifle hunter focused on trophy elk, mule deer and whitetail deer, we have a special trophy opportunity ranch that can be hunted with a general license. The topography of the landscape on this ranch provides a unique combination of land management, wildlife conservation, and trophy hunting opportunity with a general license. We use a combination of 4-wheelers, hiking and horses for this hunt.

*This ranch is hunted with a general license. However, a portion of the ranch is a special permit area. The ranch provides plenty of great hunting without the special permit area. However, we encourage you to apply for the special permit unit along with your general license application.

Hunt #1: not available
Hunt #2: Nov 1-7
Hunt #3: Nov 8-14
Hunt #4: Nov 15-21
Hunt #5: Nov 22-28
Location: The Divide Ranch
Accommodations: lodge, meals provided
Trip Length: 7 days: arrival day, 5 days hunting, departure day
Price: $7,500 per hunter
License needed: The Divide Ranch is hunted with a General Big Game Combination License. However, a portion of the ranch is a special permit area. The ranch provides plenty of great hunting without the special permit area but we encourage you to apply for the special elk permit unit along with your general license.
Special Permit Area for Elk: 580-21
License deadline: March 15th

Hunt #1: Oct 25-31
Hunt #2: Nov 1-7
Hunt #3: Nov 8-14
Hunt #4: Nov 15-21
Hunt #5: Nov 22-28
Location: The Divide Ranch
Accommodations: lodge, meals provided
Trip Length: 7 days: arrival day, 5 days hunting, departure day
Price: $10,500 per hunter
License needed: The Divide Ranch is hunted with a General Big Game Combination License for elk and deer. However, a portion of the ranch is a special elk permit area. The ranch provides plenty of great hunting without the special elk permit area, but we encourage you to apply for the special elk permit unit along with your general license.
Special Permit Area for Elk: 580-21
License deadline: March 15th

Lazy E-L Ranch

The Lazy E-L is a family owned ranch nestled at the foot of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness just outside Roscoe, Montana. With 12,000 acres of land and 5 miles of river frontage, wildlife abounds in this spectacular, unspoiled setting. The ranch offers a high-quality hunt with opportunity for harvesting respectable size elk and deer. This combination elk/deer hunt is a 7-day hunt (arrival day, 5 days hunting, departure day). We hunt 1 guide to 2 hunters and take only 6 hunters per hunt.

Hunt #1: Oct 25-31
Hunt #2: Nov 1-7
Hunt #3: Nov 8-14
Location: The Lazy E-L Ranch
Accommodations: lodge, meals provided
Trip Length: 7 days: arrival day, 5 days hunting, departure day
Price: $6,700 per hunter, 2×1 hunt, 6 hunters per week
License needed: General Big Game Combination License
License deadline: March 15th

For specific information about our partner ranches, please download our Private Land Ranch information guide.
Private land hunting guide - Rifle

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Licensing information for elk hunting

For Private Land hunting, non-residents must apply for a general big game combination, general elk combination or general deer combination license through the Montana drawing system to hunt elk and or deer in Montana. If you want to apply for a special elk or deer permitted area, you may apply for the special permitted area at the same time you apply for the general draw. Residents must hold a valid elk license to apply for a special elk permit and a valid deer license to apply for a special deer permit.

General licensing information

Important Information for Resident and Non-Resident Hunters before applying for hunting licenses

If you were born after January 1, 1985, you are required to show proof of completing a Montana hunter safety and education course or an approved hunter safety course from any other state or province prior to applying for or purchasing a hunting license whether the hunting license is for rifle or archery.

All first time bow and arrow license purchasers must enter their bowhunter education certificate number (NBEF) or a previous years archery license number from any state or province.

If you intend to purchase a black bear license for the first time, you need to have passed the FWP Bear Identification test. It can be found online at FWP’s website. Click on Education, then Hunter Education. Choose Bear Identification Program.

All licenses requiring a kill tag such as deer, elk, wolf, mountain lion, mountain goat, antelope, etc. will be mailed to you from MFWP. Make sure the address you used when you applied for or purchased your license is the address to which you want your license mailed. If your purchase included a combination license, then the conservation & fishing portion of that will also be mailed to you. Always print a copy of your application and receipt. This is your proof of application. Once the draws are posted you will want to be checking your mail to be sure you receive your license. If you do not receive your license within 3 weeks of the posted draw, call MFWP and let them know. Licenses purchased online not requiring a kill tag must be printed from your home printer. These licenses which are now in your physical possession are valid for immediate use.

If you need to purchase licenses for yourself and immediate family members, you must do so in separate transactions and provide the appropriate identification required for each individual.

Non-residents who do not have an ALS number established and are purchasing a conservation license for the first time must be prepared to provide the last 4 digits of their social security number per Montana Code Annotated to comply with the Federal Welfare Reform Law. A conservation license is required when purchasing a hunting or fishing license.

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Hunting Deposit & Payment Policy

A partial deposit of $1000 is required to book your hunt. The $1000 partial deposit will be refunded if you do not draw a license. The drawing takes place in mid-April. The remainder of the deposit (50% of the cost of the hunt) is due when the draw is posted and is non-refundable. The balance of the hunt is due 30 days prior to your hunt and is non-refundable. Hunts not fully paid by this date will be considered cancelled. We recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance. Montana Outfitters & Guides Association suggests Global Rescue Travel Insurance. All Hunt Prices include a $50 fee for the MOGA Hunter/Angler Defense Fund.

We accept Credit Cards (Visa/MasterCard only) and Checks. Make Checks Payable to: Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters, Inc.