Headwall Cirque

ARCHERY ELK HUNTS

Our archery elk hunts take place in the Madison Range in southwest Montana.  The pack trip into camp requires a six-hour ride by saddle horse.
These are eight day expeditions.  The first and the last day of the trip are travel days and there are six days of semi-guided hunting in-between.
The cost of the hunt is $2900. per guest.

Season Dates

The dates of our archery elk hunts coincide with the rut which begins in early September and runs through the cow’s second heat in mid-October.
Montana’s 2020 archery season runs from September 5th through October 18th.

Hunting Bugling Bulls with a Bow

While the challenge is great in hunting elk with a bow, so are the rewards.  The necessity of getting close enough to use a bow effectively provides for a degree of contact with the animal rarely experienced on a rifle hunt.

Normally as elusive as ghosts, elk are easier to locate during the breeding season because they are so vocal.  Once located, countless hours can be spent observing their daily routine from a proximity that allows you to smell their sweet musky odor and hear them call to each other.

The bull’s bugling is one of nature’s most exquisite sounds.  At a distance it is melodic and haunting; up close it is a powerful challenge that will make your heart race.
Listening to bugling bulls in the midst of one of creation’s original mountain masterpieces is an extraordinary experience.  It is at the very heart of why we hunt.

Hunter Success

Getting close to a big game animal in a wilderness environment and taking it with bow and arrow is a very challenging task.  Elk are intelligent animals with extremely keen senses.  They are the product of countless generations of successful predator avoidance.  Shooting them with a rifle is one thing, taking them with a bow from close range, quite another.

Through the years better than eighty percent of our archery elk hunt clients have had the opportunity for reasonable shots at one or more good bulls during their hunt with us.  Actual harvest statistics vary greatly from year to year and from hunt to hunt.
Bowhunters who are in good physical condition and have significant elk hunting experience tend to do very well on this hunt.

Montana Elk Hunting - Bow Hunter with a 6x6 Bull Elk scoring 348 Pope & Young.
340 bull elk
Bull Elk - 7x7 - 352 Pope & Young
6x6 bull