Rifle Elk Hunting
It’s been a long grueling hike to get back into the timbered ridge where you spotted that trophy bull. You’ve seen the elk’s bed in the meadow and you know that’s where he laid up to chew his cud. About now, with the first bit of sunlight starting to stream through the trees, you know he’s made his way back into the heavy timber somewhere near a third the way from the top of the ridge. And you know he’ll have found a bump of some sort to bed down, watching his back trail. The ultimate game of chess has commenced in the dark timber on the bull’s home court.
Stockton Outfitters provides fully guided rifle elk hunts in South Western Montana. Our base camp is nestled in the heart of the elk’s wintering range, and let’s us get close to our quarry by 4 WD and two feet. Our Rifle hunts are conducted from the warmth and comfort of the lodge, as the heavy snows in the high country move the elk down to lower elevations. Our lodge-based hunts combine the mobility and the flexibility to hunt the entirety of our 187+ square mile permit area.
Combination Elk/Deer licenses are available through the State of Montana. Both mule deer and white tails range the same areas as our elk so opportunity to take a second trophy is high as well. Stockton Outfitters charges NO TROPHY FEES and allows hunters to submit for Elk-B (cow) and Deer-B (doe) licenses at no additional charge.
The Montana FWP has implemented a preference point system to aid non-residents in attaining licenses. It maxes at 2 preference points. This system allows future hunters to purchase one preference point ($50.00) between July 1 – September 30 prior to their selected hunt year and then another preference point upon application for license, hence assuring the applicant a maximum preference status. Hunters should plan a minimum of 1 1/2 years in advance.