We hunt both the early and general seasons for rifle. Our early season camps are at Strawberry Creek and Big River Meadows. These camps are in elk and deer District 151 in the Flathead National Forest. Both camps are in the heart of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, which is home to one of Montana’s largest big game herds. Our late season camp is on the South Fork of the Two Medicine River in elk and deer District 415 in the Lewis & Clark National Forest. This area is a narrow strip of country between the Bob Marshall Great Bear Wildernesses and Glacier National Park. All backcountry camps are accessed by horseback and pack mule train. Our camps are clean, efficient, and well equipped to support a true wilderness hunt.
Early Season Wilderness Camps:
Strawberry Creek Camp
This is a beautiful camp located at the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River on Strawberry Creek. We use this camp for our early season guided and unguided hunts in September and October. It is approximately a 6½-hour ride from the nearest trailhead. This camp has ready access to the timbered bottomland as well as the open country of the Continental Divide.
Big River Meadows Camp
This camp is on another tributary of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River on Gateway Creek. Big River Meadows is an impressive open park nearby. We use this camp as our primary early season guided hunting camp in September and October. It is approximately a 7 1/2-hour ride from the nearest trailhead. Strategically located between bottomland timber and open slopes of the Continental Divide, this camp has quick access to prime elk and mule deer country.
Late Season Wilderness Camp:
Two Medicine River Camp
This camp is located on the South Fork of the Two Medicine River. It is approximately a 2-hour ride from the nearest trailhead. It is our general season guided camp. Our close proximity to Glacier National Park allows us to hunt the residential elk herds as well as some elk migrating out of the park to their wintering grounds. The valley is covered intermittently by open hillsides and dense timber in the bottomland. We use this camp for our late (general) season guided hunts in late October and early November. By November, we can usually count on snow at this camp.
In our early season camps, the principle game we pursue are elk (wapiti) and mule deer. Black bear are also common in the early camps and we typically have opportunities to harvest bears on any of the early season hunts up to mid-October. We encourage our hunters to have the elk-deer combination licenses. There are few whitetail deer in the mountains. Though more elusive, we consistenly harvest a wolf or two over the course of the season. This is usually a wolf traveling alone.
In our general season camp we tend to focus on elk but the mule deer have become more prevalent in recent years and we find that the quality of the bucks is excellent. Black bear hunting is possible and we have gotten some nice bear. However, the weather has a crucial role in black bear hunting in thiscamp. If the snow and cold quickly hit, the bears will hibernate by the first week of November.
In the event a hunter applies for and draws a special tag for moose or big horn sheep we can accommodate these hunters depending on the species and the district in which their tag is valid. We have particularly good big horn sheep hunting in district 421. These are very unique and highly sought after big game tags, so we prefer to make accommodations after the tags are secured. We have very high success rates for sheep.
We typically limit the size of the early season camps to six hunters per trip in the early season camp. Camps of this size are consistent with the quality of hunt we provide. We are fortunate that our hunting areas are strategically located such that we can disperse hunters widely into quality areas. We will gladly accommodate hunting parties smaller than six. There is no extra charge for small groups. We will also take single hunters in the guided camps. If multiple, independent groups want the same hunt, we may choose at our discretion to combine them in the same camp. Unguided and guided hunts are not mixed, but we may choose to fill hunts up to a maximum of six hunters in a guided camp and up to four hunters in an unguided camp.
We typically limit the size of the general season camps to four hunters per trip. Camps of this size are consistent with the quality of hunt we provide and give us a good chance of getting guys on animals.
Our commitment to quality and service applies to everything we do. We do not cut corners with equipment, livestock or supplies. We think you would be hard pressed to find a cleaner, more comfortable, more professional camp in the mountains. There is a limit to comfort in the backcountry, but we make every effort to furnish the essentials for a high-quality camp. This includes comfortable cots to keep you off the ground at night, large heated wall tents for sleeping, large tables and benches in a comfortable dining tent, and some of the best food in the mountains. We make it a priority to serve hearty, filling meals. Breakfast and dinner are served in camp. Sack lunches are prepared for the day’s hunt away from camp. Meals prepared in camp are complete with lots of meat, fresh vegetables and delightful desserts.