Montana Elk & Deer Hunting Outfitters | Pack Llamas

Montana Archery Elk Hunting| Fully Guided, Assisted Drop Camps with Pack Llamas

Montana Llama Guides provides guided fair chase, ethical big game hunts for elk, deer and mountain goats on public land on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Montana Llama Guides is authorized to use or occupy National Forest System lands to provide outfitting and guiding services and has partnered with K Lazy 3 Outfitters as our outfitter of record. 

The archery season begins the first of September and goes through the third week of October. The third week of October begins the general rifle season. Be sure to visit Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for detailed information on season dates, regulations, permits and licenses. Non-resident hunters must apply for elk and deer tags by March 1 – April 1 each year.

September is prime time for archery elk hunting for rutting, screaming bulls. The archery season is one of the best times to experience Montana with cool crisp mornings and the changing of the colors. If you’ve never experienced this incredible up-close personal experience of large massive elk rutting, here’s your chance.

Our camp is situated at 7600ft nestled along a flowing stream tucked up in the trees with a network of meadows around us. The overhanging mountains reach summits well over 10,000 ft. At the base of these towering peaks, you’ll find a network of pristine alpine lakes between 8,800 ft – 9,000 ft.

Elk summer high in the mountains until the snow flies and is deep enough to push them down toward wintering range. You’ll be hunting for elk 5-9 miles from any road or trailhead with up to 4 miles from camp. This is a non-motorized area with horse and foot traffic only. All our hunting areas are ripe with wildlife and a haven for elk. Get this, the elk herd has doubled in size over the past 10 years and is aligned with meeting elk quotes with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parkds. 

Make no mistake, elk hunting is hard. They live in the most nastiness of places far from predators and humans. Picture yourself in rugged, uneven terrain with incredible views in all directions. Archery elk hunting is physically and mentally demanding and requires a lot of preparation. Think about this –

Preparation + Opportunity = Success

We’ll do everything we can to give you the opportunity and help you prepare. This includes consulting with you on “getting in shape” and proper mountain gear like mountain boots, clothing layer systems, sleeping bag and day packs. Don’t forget to check out our Hunting Gear List here.

Though demanding, there is nothing like the serenity of the mountains in their raw form in September. The views are amazing. You’ll only hear nature – No cars and traffic, No machinery, No city chatter. If you’re looking for the ultimate outdoor experience, come hunt elk with a bow with us. It will make your hair blow back!


1. Fully Guided & Catered Montana 7-Day Archery Elk Hunt

Have a dedicated guide for your big game hunt! Imagine having a camp cook/tender and llama wrangler who will manage camp, stock retention and food preparation and proper food storage. We’ll provide a nice breakfast, pack you a lunch and have dinner ready on your return. Our wranglers will manage the camp and stock to make sure they are fed and watered. We’ll cut firewood and have fresh potable water. Guide to Client ratio 2:1 unless otherwise discussed. Private 1:1 upon special request.

 

Our 7-day guided Montana elk and deer hunt is an incredible experience for anyone who prefers an all inclusive wilderness hunt. Using pack llamas as the beast of burden, we’ll hike into our wilderness camp where we provide all accommodations; tipi style tents with stoves, a cook tipi, camp tender, a 2:1 client to guide ratio with meat pack out. We’ll also will help accommodate getting your meat to a processor and your animal to the taxidermy. 

IMPORTANT: Carcasses, heads or meat WILL NOT be allowed in camp or at trailhead. Once an animal is down, it must go straight to processor or meat locker.

 

Add roughly $100 to be paid directly to meat locker for storage if you intend to processor yourself. Wild game processor will store for the week of your hunt.

Expect about $250 for cut, wrap, vacuum seal for elk and $100 for deer. Shipping prices vary. Please inquire with us for more information.

We prefer smaller group sizes for an exclusive low pressure hunt. 2-3 hunters per camp. Up to 4 hunters for group hunts unless otherwise discussed.

Price:
$3975/person based on double occupancy –  2:1 client-to-guide ratio.
$5800/person single occupancy – 1:1 client-to-guide ratio
$2800/person – non-hunter
*Inquire about custom group sizes and options.

2021 Archery Elk Hunt Dates:
September 3 – 9  |  Booked
September 12 – 18 | Booked
September 22 – 28 | Booked
October 1 – 7  |  Open

2022 Archery Elk Hunt Dates:
September 2 – 8  |  Open
September 13 – 19 | Open
September 23 – 29 | Open
October 2 – 8  |  Open

Included: All meals, beverages, snacks, and camping equipment including sleeping pads, cots tipi style tents with wood stoves, a cook tipi, camp tender, meals and beverages, meat pack-out.

Excluded: Airfare, arrival/departure hotel (we can make recommendations), personal hunting gear, Montana fishing and hunting license, weapon of choice, gratuities (10-20% suggested), meat locker, game processing, shipping costs. 

 

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2. Self-guided and Catered Montana 7-day Elk Hunt

We have a unique approach to our Montana hunting drop camps by offering a self guided and catered experience. Similar to our multi-day pack trips, let our llamas and guides/wranglers do all the work. Imagine having a camp cook/tender and llama wrangler who will manage camp, stock retention and food preparation and proper food storage. We’ll provide a nice breakfast, pack you a lunch and have dinner ready on your return. Our wranglers will manage the camp and stock to make sure they are fed and watered. We’ll cut firewood and have fresh potable water. This allows you and your buddies to concentrate on hunting and not worry about camp chores, bears in camp or dealing with the care of the llamas.

What happens when you have an animal down? Call in the llama cavalry!

One of the biggest challenges for most folks is what to do once an animal is down. Especially on a big elk. It could likely take hours to field dress, quarter and hang. Then, the pack out on your back could take days. Let the llama cavalry do all the work. Once you have an animal down, you’ll need to field dress, quarter and hang. Once llama camp is notified, we’ll come in with game retrieval and transport to the processor. This lets you stay in camp and hunt with your friends.

In addition to the above, Montana Llama Guides will provide all sleeping tents with stoves, sleeping pads and/or cots, camp equipment, kitchen, buy food, prepare each meal, and help with animal extraction and take to processor.

IMPORTANT: Carcasses, heads or meat WILL NOT be allowed in camp or at trailhead. Once an animal is down, it must go straight to processor or meat locker.

 

 Add roughly $100 to be paid directly to meat locker for storage if you intend to processor yourself. Wild game processor will store for the week of your hunt.

Expect about $250 for cut, wrap, vacuum seal for elk and $100 for deer. Shipping prices vary. Please inquire with us for more information.

Price: $3200/person based on double occupancy.
*Inquire about custom group sizes and options

2021 Trip Dates:
September 3 – 9  |  Booked
September 12 – 18 | Booked
September 23 – 28 | Booked
October 1 – 7  |  Open

Included: All meals, beverages, snacks, and camping equipment including sleeping pads, cots, tipi style tents with wood stoves, a cook tipi, camp tender, meals and beverages, meat pack-out. BYOB.

Excluded: Airfare, arrival/departure hotel (we can make recommendations), personal hunting gear, Montana fishing and hunting license, weapon of choice, gratuities (10-20% suggested), meat locker, game processing, shipping costs. 

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3. Rent our Pack Llamas

This is great for the DIY’ers. After attending our Packing with Llamas Training Course, you’ll have the foundation in llama handling and safety, llama saddling and packing, llamas on the trail and at camp, wilderness ethics, public land stewardship, and resource protection. Now your set to rent a few llamas and get out into the backcountry. Great for thru hikes or roving camps and llama basecamps. Hunt with ease and have help with the pack out.

Check out our llama rental program here.