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Montana Guided Big Game Hunts


Archery Hunts - Mule Deer and Elk

Join Broken Hart Adventures for some of the best Montana guided big game hunts you can find.  Montana offers a special pre-rifle season for archery enthusiasts. Mid to late September is generally the prime rut period for elk in our area and offers some very exciting bow hunting. Our guides are experienced archery hunters and can do an excellent job of getting you on the elk. The archery season is the only season in southwest Montana where you will have the opportunity to see and hear bull elk "bugle" in the wild. The rut will be over by the time rifle season opens.

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Rifle Hunts - Mule Deer and Elk

When it comes to Montana guided big game hunts, our general hunting season runs for five (5) weeks, opening on either the third or fourth Sunday of October and closing on the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Your non-resident license includes an elk tag, deer tag, or both depending on which you decide to purchase. The general season is open to buck deer and branch-antlered elk only. The moose are readily available in the same hunt areas but the permit for such must also be obtained through a drawing. Any booked hunter who draws a moose permit in the areas we hunt elk may take their moose at the same time for no additional fee. You draw the permit and we'll find you the moose!

Hunter with bull elk

2023 Backcountry Elk Hunting Rates and Availability

Hunt SeasonCamp TypeDatesHuntersPricing (per hunter)
Elk - Archery7-Day Drop CampCall for optionsUp to 4 Hunters$9,500
Elk - ArcheryFull-ServiceCall for options1 Hunter x 1 Guide
2 Hunters x 1 Guide
Elk - Black PowderFull-ServiceCall for options1 Hunter x 1 Guide
2 Hunters x 1 Guide
Elk - General Season RifleFull-ServiceWeek 1 (October 20 - 27, 2023)1 Hunter x 1 Guide
2 Hunters x 1 Guide
Elk - General Season RifleFull-ServiceWeek 2 (October 30 - November 5, 2023)1 Hunter x 1 Guide
2 Hunters x 1 Guide
Elk - General Season RifleFull-ServiceWeek 3 (November 11 - November 17, 20231 Hunter x 1 Guide
2 Hunters x 1 Guide
Elk - General Season RifleFull-ServiceWeek 4 (November 20 - November 26, 2023)1 Hunter x 1 Guide
2 Hunters x 1 Guide

Muzzleloader Heritage Deer and Elk Hunts

This December hunt is a muzzleloader heritage hunt only. This heritage hunt gives you the opportunity to put a stalk on an elk using a heritage muzzleloader. Montana regulations cite using plain lead projectiles and a muzzleloading rifle that is charged with loose black powder, loose pyrodex, or an equivalent loose black powder substitute. The rifle should be ignited by a flintlock, wheel lock, matchlock, or percussion mechanism using a percussion or musket cap. Finally, your muzzleloader must be a minimum of .45 caliber.

Call 406-539-0650 to book your trip.

2023 Muzzleloader Heritage Deer and Elk Hunting Rates and Availability

Hunt SeasonCamp TypeDatesHuntersPricing (Per Hunter)
Muzzleloader HeritageFull Service4 Day Hunt - Call for options1 Hunter x 1 Guide
2 Hunters x 1 Guide

2023 Big Horn Sheep Hunting Rates and Availability

Big Horn Sheep Hunts

We hunt two of the few remaining areas of North America where Big Horn Sheep permits are available on an unlimited basis in areas 300 and 501.  Licenses must be purchased by May 1, but are guaranteed to all who properly apply. We offer two hunts, which have continued to give us one to several rams each year. The areas are very rugged and difficult to hunt. If your physical condition is above average and you're willing to hunt hard your odds are above average. Mountain Goat can be combined with sheep hunts if a goat permit is drawn.


Call 406-539-0650 to book your trip.

Big horn sheep hunt in Montana backcountry

Hunt AreaHunt TypeDatesPricing (per hunter)
Tom Minor10-Day Full ServiceAugust 30 - September 11$22,500
Cooke City10-Day Full ServiceSeptember 14 - September 26$22,500

Mountain Lion Hunts

Mountain lion populations in Montana are definitely on the increase! Historically we have had high success with some cats over 150 pounds. The season runs Dec. 1-Feb. 15. Even though we use snowmobiles and/or horses to follow the dogs, these are very strenuous hunts. If you're in good shape and want some mid-winter excitement - join us for one of these trophies. License can be purchased online but has a five day waiting period before it can be used.

Mountain Lion
Mountain Goat hunting in Montana

Mountain Goat Hunts

Our Goat Hunts are a once in a life time  experience!!  The secret to drawing a tag, is building preference points!  Our areas  consistently draw with 6 points or fewer.   With experienced  guides, and  intimate  knowledge  of  where  Big Billies live, we  make  this  hunt  opportunity  everything  you have  anticipated.  Our 2018 was 100%, with all three hunts rewarding our clients  with a beautiful trophy!

2023 Mountain Goat Hunting Rates and Availability

Hunt TypeDatesPricing (per hunter)
4-6 DaysCustom dates available$12,500

Got Questions?

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Backcountry Hunting Gear List

Base / Mid / Top / Outer Layer

  • Underwear, (1 per day)
  • Base Layer, (2-3 pair, suggest first lite, or merino wool),
  • Lightweight camo jacket, (archery, or wool sweater, general season)
  • Windstopper camo jacket
    Midweight Camo Jacket (archery)
  • Lightweight Camo Vest (archery)
  • Lightweight Camo shirt (archery), (preferably first lite, or sitka),
  • Lightweight camo pants (archery, preferably first lite, or sitka),
  • Midweight Camo Pants ( preferably first lite)
  • Wool pants, (general elk)
  • Rain Gear , (mandatory for sheep, lightweight poncho in day pak, for sheep)
  • Blaze Orange ( 400 square inches, mandatory all rifle hunts, quiet material)
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Midweight gloves
  • Camo Hat, (winter hat)
  • Camo Head Net, (archery)


  • Binos, (8 or 10 power)
  • Spotting scope, (sheep only, optional for goat or elk)
  • Range finder
  • Bino harness
  • Lens cloth
  • Defogger spray, (Leopold)


Hunting Boots (Kennetrek, or Schnees)
Socks, (1 per day, with at least two pair of kennetrek merino wool)
Liner socks, (1 per day)
Camp shoes, ( I like crocs!)

Elk Hunting Accessories

  • Cow calls
  • Elk decoy (guide will have also, archery only)
  • Bugle, (ELK POWER BUGLE, or your favorite bugle)
  • Bow Sling
  • Day Pack
  • Water Bottle (mandatory),
  • Flashlight, (batteries)
  • Headlamp, (batteries)
  • Hunting knife, pocket knife, and means to sharpen in the field
  • Multi tool (Leatherman)
  • GPS (batteries)
  • INREACH GPS, (preferred)
  • Fire starter kit
  • Game Bags (mandatory)

Additional Gear

  • Large duffel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Thermarest pad


Personal Items

  • Lip balm
  • UV protection
  • Towel
  • Medication
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Glasses

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which type of rifle should I bring for a Montana Elk hunt?

A: Bring a rifle you have used, practiced with, and recently sighted in at a range.  We don't recommend oversized barrels.  Short, standard actions are very convenient in the backcountry. 24" barrels will work great.

Q:  Which type of ammunition should I bring?

A: Ammunition suitable for the rifle that you have practiced with while sighting in your rifle. .270, 7mm Remington Mag, 7mm-08, .308, 30-06, 300 WSM, 325 WSM, 300 Win Mag, 35 Whelen are all acceptable calibers.

Q:  How much ammunition should I bring on my backcountry hunt?

A:  Bring a minimum of 1 full box of ammunition.

Q:  Can I fly with my rifle and ammunition?

A:  Generally yes.  Check with your specific airline for specific requirements for safety, TSA security, cases, etc.  See TSA Guidelines for transporting firearms and ammunition.

Q:  Should I bring a lens cover for my scope?

A:  Yes.  This is a mandatory item to protect your scope and lens from the backcountry elements.

Q:  What's the best airport to fly-in to for your hunts?

A:  Bozeman International is a short trip from Broken Hart Adventures.  Our information page has more details.