Meet Our Guides

Josh Abbott
Owner/Outfitter (MT License #33480)

Owner/Outfitter of Sage Peak Outfitters, after spending multiple falls guiding and packing for the outfit Josh took over the business as of 2018. Josh works diligently alongside his experienced guides and camp crew to assure every hunt is outfitted with a memorable experience in the backcountry. Please call to speak directly with Josh about your elk hunt! 

Ed Hake

Owner/Operator of Canyon Adventures in Big Sky, Montana and former owner/operator of Sage Peak Outfitters' wilderness elk camp. Being raised in the Upper Gallatin Canyon near Big Sky gave Ed the opportunity to work under Vic Benson Sr. (founder of SPO's wilderness hunting camp) and Vic Jr. With over 40 years of experience guiding elk hunters in the wilderness, Ed is a wealth of information for those who join us in camp. His passion for this camp and the surrounding area are unmatched. His camp nickname, "Mountain Goat" is well deserved as the terrain is well suited to his demeanor. 

Mark Haynes

Growing up in the Gallatin Valley and riding a horse since he was 4 years old, Mark spent his summers in the wilderness of southwestern Montana, specifically Sage Creek. Having started to guide in 1987 in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana, Mark has the confidence to relentlessly pursue his game. Between stints on the U.S. Ski Team, commercial fishing in Alaska, and brewing beer for Sierra Nevada Brewery, he has been coming back to Montana to pursue his fall passion of chasing down rutting Montana elk. Mark exudes experience, patience, and passion for the wilderness. 

Keaton Mares

Growing up originally in Northern Wisconsin, Keaton first honed his skills hunting whitetail. He comes from a long line of outdoor enthusiasts. His grandfather was a professional big game hunter and his father guided elk hunts and packed in Wyoming for years. These men passed down their knowledge and appreciation for the outdoors. Keaton is a passionate horseman, farrier, and packer. He has been working in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness and Custer Gallatin National Forest since 2012, learning the territory and the wildlife. A quiet, easygoing demeanor makes him a consummate guide for all experience levels. With Keaton, any hunter gains a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the wilderness. 

Crayton Campbell

Crayton was born and raised in East Tennessee riding horses and hunting. He grew up chasing whitetails, ducks, and turkeys all over the southeast. His passion has always been in the woods hunting and interacting with wildlife. There was nothing more exciting to him than hitting the right call to lock up a pair of ducks or make a turkey strut right into range. The call and response interaction is what made him fall in love with elk hunting in Montana. Seeing a bugling bull charge into range is why he loves to guide hunters and share that experience. Crayton says, "Guiding elk hunters on horseback in country I've ridden so much is the just one more perk of the job!"

Chuck Meehan

Chuck is a Montana native and grew up in Sidney, Montana hunting and fishing. He graduated with a degree in Animal Science from Montana State. His demeanor and quiet nature make him great with horses and a prodigious hunter with a passion for archery hunting. He does love all kinds of hunting from Mountain lions to Elk, if there is a season for it he is out there! 

Trae McInroe

Growing up in Washington, Trae has acquired a lifetime of deer and elk hunting experience. He also spent four years in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park as a horseback guide. Trae's horse experience and hunting knowledge gives him the confidence and ease in the woods that will make every guest comfortable. Influenced by his military background, Trae is willing to put in the miles and long hours to make your hunt successful. 

Melissa Ostrander

Born and raised in Colorado with her 2 brothers, "Mo" has developed a love for the outdoors, hunting, and horses. Montana easily became home for Mo and her brothers as they explored and discovered all the incredible things the state has to offer. Mo has guided, wrangled, and packed all around the Gallatin Valley and Yellowstone National Park for four years and continues her passion for packing and hunting in the backcountry every summer and fall. With ten plus years of backcountry knowledge and experience, Mo has a lot to offer all levels of hunters. We are excited to have Mo's dedication and strong desire to keep the western traditions alive at camp! 

Brittney Martello

Brittney was born and raised in Montana and will forever call Montana home. She settled in the Gallatin Valley after graduation from Montana State in 2011 with an Exercise Science degree. She owns a CrossFit gym in Bozeman and spends her free time enjoying everything Montana has to offer. She has developed a true love for hunting and enjoys sharing her passion for Bow hunting elk with others. She has embraced the challenge created by wilderness hunting and takes pride in her ability to tailor hunts to her guests. 

Tyler Heiberger

Growing up in South Dakota, Tyler learned from a young age how to chase all manner of game. From mule deer on the prairie to elk in the Black Hills and everything in between. Tyler is eager to help you chase elk in the mountains and learn along the way. 

Kjell Ooms
Kjell grew up exploring and hunting the mountains of central Idaho. From an early age, Kjell found his passions revolved around the outdoors. Whether hunting, fishing or riding snowmobiles, he is perfectly at home in the backcountry. When not in the woods you can find Kjell shooting his bow or practicing his elk calls. 

Now that you’re familiar with our guides, browse the site to find out more about the other services we provide. As Elk Hunting Outfitters in Montana, we are committed to providing our clients with the best Private Land Elk Hunting and Wilderness Hunting. We also specialize in Whitetail Hunting in Western Montana and even Antelope Montana hunts. To learn more about Montana Elk Hunting Regulations and the types of Elk Hunting Gear you’ll want to bring with you on our renowned Montana Elk Hunts, browse the site or contact us with any questions you might have!