generally starts the last week of October and runs through
the end of November. This allows us to run five hunts with
different options to fit each hunter's desires. Success on our elk hunts
normally stays fairly even throughout the season, with
weather being the biggest factor.
Here's a brief rundown on how we run our hunts:
Arriving at our place the day before your hunt starts allows you time to settle in and get your gear organized.
Breakfast will be ready at 5 AM the next morning with lunches made and spirits high. Two hunters will head out with one guide. A drive of 30-45 minutes will usually get us to our hunting destination well before sunrise. This may be a trailhead with a hiking trail that will penetrate into good elk and deer country, or it may be that we hike out a gated logging road which may lead us to an old clear cut that would be a good feeding area for game. Depending on the desires and abilities of the hunter, we may continue over the ridge to see what is on the other side, or it may be decided to let patience pay off and have the game come to you.
Along with hunting elk, hunters have the opportunity of running into a nice buck. The elk and deer inhabit the same area, so it
makes for a good hunting situation. We have both mule deer and whitetail deer. Normally
the whitetail deer are on the bottom half of
the mountain, while the mule deer are on the top half.
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Hunting big muley bucks here in the Lolo National Forest is one of the best kept secrets going these days. With low hunting pressure and big country, odds of getting a big heavy-horned buck are in your favor. Hunting the high country during the rut is an experience a hunter won't soon forget. With country being open to semi-open with what we call "brush fields", a person spends a good deal of time glassing for deer. Once an area with a good number of does is located, it is only a matter of time before a buck is spotted. Upon spotting the buck, the stalk begins in order to get within shooting distance.
Hunters will want to have a good shooting gun. Although the average shot is made within the 125 yard range, some shots are made from as far as 250-300 yards.
For those looking for the
big whitetail buck of a lifetime, the last two weeks of November become the rutting grounds for mature whitetail bucks. As we all know, when bucks are rutting, they move a lot more, are in turn more likely to be seen by a hunter. This makes for some of the best big buck hunting a person can find. We have a good population of whitetail bucks in the 2-5 year old range, which tend to produce big quality racks.