2020 Montana Hunting Information
Available Hunting License & Permit Applications
NON-RESIDENT HUNTING LICENSES
The Montana Fish and Wildlife (FWP) Commission recently changed the deadline for 2020 Montana Deer and Elk permits from June 1st to March 15th. In the past Nonresidents had to apply for a license by March 15th and then apply by June 1st for a deer or elk permit. Now you'l be able to apply for your license and deer and elk permits on the same application and have drawing results by the end of April, providing three additional months to make plans, scout, talk to landowners and get in shape.
Go to fwp.mt.gov, and select "Buy a license" in the top right corner, or call 406.444.2950 ext:0 (FWP Special Licensing) and ask for forms to be sent to you.
Call Broken Hart Adventures at 406-539-0650 if you have questions or need help. 2020 Montana Deer and Elk permits and the application process are not difficult. We're happy to help our customers.
LOCATION AND TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
The Broken Hart Ranch is conveniently located 16 miles southwest of Bozeman on an all weather highway. If you are driving, take U.S. 191 west out of Bozeman on the same route leading to the town of West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park.
Numerous commercial airlines fly regular flights into Gallatin Field which is just six (6) miles from Bozeman.
Arrive early or stay a few extra days enjoying a multitude of local special interests. Visit Yellowstone National Park, fish nearby blue ribbon trout streams (Gallatin, Madison, Yellowstone rivers), or tour Lewis & Clark Caverns, the historical Madison Buffalo Jump, or Virginia City (mining ghost town). Three local ski resorts are usually open by Thanksgiving.
Hunting parties of up to 6 (varies with camp) can be accommodated, but smaller groups are equally welcome. Hunting parties of four or more in one group are accommodated alone in one camp. If the date is secured it will be strictly your camp with no other hunting parties included. Make your reservations early for the best selection of hunt dates. Any hunters who book back immediately (within 30 days) for the following year will be given a 10% rate reduction.
In camp guests are provided heated sleeping tents, cots, and a foam mattress. All meals are served family style in a clean wholesome manner. The cooks take great pride in their meals and serve plenty of food for the heartiest appetite. The camps have ample tents and space for privacy. We offer women hunters/guests an excellent opportunity to feel completely comfortable on a back-country hunt.
Our horses are gentle with good mountain savvy. A professional guide accompanies each two hunters. Our guides are unique - all have up-to-date first aid, are good horsemen, and they know the country and game habits. All hunts are fair chase with the hunter and only the hunter pulling the trigger. Guides will not hunt in competition with you, their job is assist you in finding the game and take care of it after you bag it. We do ask that each and every hunter get in the best physical condition possible as this is rough country and we hunt hard from daylight until dark. We also ask that you do a lot of practice shooting during the year. Shoot from odd positions, standing, prone, etc., do not use a rest other than to sight in your rifle. Most shots will be quick and less than 150 yards. Wild elk and deer will not stand around and wait for you to find a rest to shoot from, often you will have less than ten seconds.
Camps are in beautiful scenic back-country, accessible only by foot or horseback. The camps are in the Gallatin National Forest of southwest Montana, just north of Yellowstone National Park (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hunt areas 308, 310, 311, 315 and 580 for elk).
The only items you furnish are your rifle, sleeping bag, personal effects and license. A recommended list of clothes to bring will be sent to you upon receipt of your reservation. Spouses/guests are welcome in camp as hunting or non-hunting clients. Rates for non-hunters are $200/day.
The number of days quoted for each hunt includes 1/2 day for packing into camp and 1/2 day for packing out. Your game is transported back to the ranch where provisions can be made for cold storage, cutting, shipping, taxidermy work, etc. Hunter stands all costs for processing game. Each hunt is detailed in a written contract and there are no hidden costs.
Guide gratuity is at the option of each client, and is not included in the hunt fee. Some form of gratuity certainly helps a guide feel that his hard work was appreciated.
We will gladly furnish references in your region for anyone seriously considering one of our hunts.
DEPOSITS, RESERVATIONS, AND CANCELLATIONS
Our business is well established (started in 1969) and many of our hunts are booking 1-2 years in advance. It's important to book early. We require a 1/3 (33%) deposit to confirm your reservation. Deposits are fully refunded if you are unsuccessful in obtaining a license after making timely and proper application. You can make reservations more than a year in advance by sending us a $500 per person holding fee for the dates you desire. This fee is non-refundable but will be applied towards your 33% deposit which is due by January 1 the year of your hunt. No rate reduction can be made if hunters fail to arrive on prearranged dates, or leave before the end of a contract period. Personal checks are acceptable for deposits, but balance is due upon arrival in the form of cash, cashiers check or travelers check. Deposits become non-refundable after March 1st on the year of your hunt. We will retain a $100 booking fee on cancellations made prior to that date. Note - it is nearly impossible to fill openings created by cancellations once the non-resident licenses are all sold on March 15 for the 2020 Montana deer and elk permits.