Stockton Outfitters Receives National Recognition

The granduer of Montana’s Big Hole Valley combines with the majesty of the Pintler and Pioneer mountain ranges to provide an unmatched panorama which has attracted numerous outdoor writers and photographers to the area. Stockton Outfitters, its guides, and even its clients have been privileged to be highlighted in the pages of a multitude of national publications.

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Second Best

by Mark J. Shutey

OUTSIDE BOZEMAN Magazine – 2018

It was opening week of the general rifle season. My hunting party slowly worked its way up a backwoods trail toward a large meadow for a late-afternoon hunt. The wind was still, the temperature pleasant, but the slight aroma of oncoming moisture filled the air as we neared our destination.

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Midnight Legends On Ten Mile Creek

by Mark J. Shutey

PREDATOR XTREME – April 2017

Every hunt begins with a dream, a goal to attain success, but more often than not it is the encounters that we do not anticipate or the mere occurrences which tend to be remembered. It is not tales of the trophies taken which garner center stage around the campfire. It is the compilation of unexpected events which occur in the field that stir our souls, make us laugh and seem to last forever.

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Stockton Outfitters,
Famed Montana Big Game Outfit

by Staff

GUIDEFITTER – December 2016

Whether you’re after a screaming bull elk, a trophy mule deer buck, or a hungry black bear that comes rushing to a predator call, Stockton Outfitters has a hunt for you. To learn more about how these guys operate and what sets them apart from other outfitters, I spoke to owner and guide Mark Shutey …

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Calling Bears Handgun CLOSE!

by Mark J. Shutey

PREDATOR XTREME – June 2016

Though I couldn’t see him, I knew that Ruggy was locked and loaded on the opposite side of the huge fir tree we had selected for cover. I could literally hear his breathing getting faster and heavier as the cinnamon bear charged ever nearer to our position. The bear paused. Then suddenly it disappeared as a fissure in the terrain prevented visual contact about 200 yards out. Now blind, we waited anxiously for the bear to reappear.

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My 2015 Montana Hunt

by Wallace Huggins

GUIDEFITTER – December 2015

As a qualifier for what is to follow, this is an account of my first elk and mule deer hunt and some of the observations may seem elementary to some of the grizzled veterans out there. That said, the purpose in writing this is to share what, for me at least, was a unique and memorable experience. In so doing, I hope even the most experienced of you find something worthwhile to glean from this hunt.

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Bear Boom: How to Take Advantage of Growing Black Bear Populations

by David Hart

OUTDOOR LIFE – October 2011

If baiting isn’t legal in your area, consider calling, a technique that’s growing in popularity, particularly in the West. Montana outfitter Mark Shutey (stocktonoutfitters.com) relies on calls for much of his bear hunting in both spring and fall.

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Alternative for Sweet Success

by Mark Kayser

BOW HUNTING WORLD – October 2011

Wander a wallow early. Mark Shutey, Stockton Outfitters, has been outfitting elk hunts for a decade in south west Montana’s Beaverhead – Deer Lodge National Forest. His personal elk experience spans three decades, but he’ll be the first to admit that new plays often lead to success. His University football background pushes that agenda and today he tries to look at archery elk strategy differently ever season and during every phase of the rut.

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It’s A Bear And It’s A Big One!

by S.L. Merriam

BIG SKY OUTDOOR NEWS – April 2011

The rolling hills and broken hardwood bottoms where I hunted with my Dad were the places of a boyhood dream and the time we spent there created a deep appreciation for the outdoors. I eventually grew up, got married, and was blessed with a little girl while continuing to hunt with my friends. My hunting experiences took a welcome turnabout he time Meagan turned nine and expressed an interest in both shooting and hunting.

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Elk failure can lead to SUCCESS

by Mark Kayser

BOW HUNTING WORLD – August  2010

I knew I had made a mistake the moment the young bull turned and walked away. Moments earlier the bull had plodded to within 4 yards of my position, never giving me a shot because of its fill-on, frontal approach. When it stopped within spitting distance, it knew I was out of place, but still not sure if I represented danger or another curious glance. My head-to-toe camouflage, scent eliminating strategy, and the wind all combined to make me all but invisible. Maybe I looked like a strange mushroom. Who knows?

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Walk Up on a Bull

by Mark Kayser

Petersen’s BOWHUNTING – August 2010

It was something that I discovered accidentally. You literally could walk up on and elk. Hunting from a spike camp in Southern Colorado, I arose early as usual and after a granola bar breakfast, started easing toward my hunting area. The rut was in play, but the woods were surprisingly absent of bugles despite plenty of elk sign. I assumed hunting pressure in the area played a role in keeping the vocal ambitions of Bulls contained. The sun started streaking through the aspen stand I was slinking through and my mind raced to formulate a plan.

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Calling Bruins in Big Sky Country

as told by Todd Styles by S.L. Merriam

BEAR HUNTING  September – October 2009

When the early spring season finally arrived, I was eager to fulfill a dream. A dream not only to have a nice bear rug, but one with a cinnamon coat. These bears are most common in the Rocky mountains where almost 10% carry this color gene.

Late winter, while hunting on the internet, I was able to find Mark Shutey of Stockton Outfitters. I talked to him on the phone and within a short time understood what a great opportunity he provided. Once the hunt was booked all I needed to do was check off each day on the calendar until the end of May.

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Calling All Bears

by Mark Kayser

Cabela’s Outfitter Journal – June 2009

When was the last time you experienced a really exciting hunt? I am talking about a hunt that gives you enough fodder for campfire tales well into the future.

That hunt is available in Western states that host spring black bear seasons. With states including Montana and Colorado making it illegal to bait or use hounds, hunters have had to come up with other means to put a bruin in their sights. It was only a matter of time before passionate predator hunters blocked from baiting gave their predator calls a whirl in the woods.

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Bag a Bruiser Bruin

by Greg Merrian

Fishing & Hunting NEWS – April 2008

Got a bear tag? Great that’s the easy part. Now comes the hard part of the equation for spring success: finding the animals.
To learn successful techniques, we contacted bear outfitter, Mark Shutey of Stockton Outfitters out of Butte, Mont. He has some of the biggest bears in the Montana Record Book all fair chase, free roaming spot-and-stalk or calling kills.

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The Blizzard Bear

by Mark Shutey

PREDATOR XTREME  – December 2007

My binoculars were coated with moisture and hazy, as I peered out into the high mountain park to see the figure of a bear charging down the slope toward Tom and myself. With limited visibility and the increasing intensity of the storm, we found the bear we were after. We made the right play and now it was up to Tom to make the shot of a lifetime through the blinding snow.

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Bears at a Whistle

by Mark Shutey

HUNTING the West – Spring 2007

The sound of your heart beats in your temples as you feel your pulse racing. Your ears are consumed with squeals and cries and your eyes strain to see every detail around you. Your body is on full alert. A squirrel leaps from a branch at 75 yards and then a birds moves from a brush pile. You detect even the slightest of motions and hear the most discrete sounds, then all at once it happens.

Many hunters have discovered the true adrenaline rush achieved by call black bears in the western states.

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The Overall Experience

by Steve Gruber

HUNTING the West – Summer 2006

When I leave the flat land of the Midwest in pursuit of adventure in the western United States, I never know quite what to expect. Over the past two decades, I have enjoyed the greatest trips and I have overcome the worst of conditions. My experiences range from knelling and tagging a Boone & Crocket trophy moose in the Alaskan bush to weathering monsoon type down pours in New Mexico with green horn outfitters ill-prepared for the challenge. But every hunt is memorable for its.
Take last November, for instance with Mark Shutey of Stockton Outfitters.

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My Top 10 Black Bear Hunts

by Larry Weishuhn

North American Hunter – May 2004

As a youngster, I often sat on my Granddad’s front porch overlooking the meandering Cummins Creek. /Nighttime brought fireflies and stories as old men gathered. I listened and marveled at tales of by-gone days, told by my grandfather’s friends. Long into the night they sipped “homemade” wine and regaled tales of a time when our part of Texas “afur piece from being civilized” as it was during the early 1950s. The older men, their handlebar moustaches standing chewing tobacco and self rolled cigarettes, told stories of their fathers hunting black bears.