Whether you arrive by plane or car, you will be greeted by Kurt and Melissa, or one of our trusted crew members. On the Saturday of your arrival, you will stay at our guest ranch, The Covered Wagon Ranch and treated to a hot, hardy meal. It is here that you will become acquainted with our guides and the hunters with whom you will spend the rest of the week.
Your hunt begins on the Sunday after a warm, filling breakfast. While the guides gather your gear and start packing the mules, you will be taught about our horses and horsemanship skills. This is an orientation we give regardless of riding experience so that we (guides, hunters, and horses) are on the same page. All will mount their steeds and head up Sage Creek into camp.
Upon your arrival into elk camp, after a three hour horseback ride, a hearty lunch of hot soup and sandwiches will await you.
The afternoon bow hunt or rifle hunt may consist of a short ride to one of many open meadows where you and your guide might spot, glass, stalk, or sit and watch heavily used areas for a bull elk to appear. After your Sunday evening elk hunt is finished, supper will be ready for you in elk camp.
The next morning a generous breakfast will greet you. It is then that your guide will discuss your morning elk hunt with you. It may consist of still hunting, spotting, stalking or bugling to locate or draw bull elk in. He will also coordinate with the other hunters and elk guides, where the day might take you into the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area.
After breakfast each day, the cook and camp tender set up a sack lunch buffet from which you may choose as much as you like. While you and your elk guide are on the hunt, you both may decide visit elk camp for some hot lunch then head out after relaxing midday for another evening hunt.
Two hunters in a wilderness area looking for the perfect shot from the elusive elk – there is no doubt that the stories will be as bountiful as the meals. Rest assured you’ll have that treat too! Meal times are generally jam-packed with hunters and guides talking over each other to tell of the action they had that day.
After the rest of the week is spent hunting, eating, and storytelling, we will return to the Big Sky area ranch, cabin or hotel, and eat yet another hearty supper. The next morning, breakfast is served and you return to reality as you travel home.
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