Montana’s most valued tags. Most opportunities will be shots at a mature 6 x 6 bull. Also at this time, if you receive a combination elk tag you will be able to chase trophy mule deer. This combination hunt is hard to beat. If you are an avid archer this is the hunt for you. This is a limited quota hunt. The state has allotted me 5 permits each year and they go very fast. We are generally booked 1 to 2 years in advance. It is worth the wait.
Carl Mann's Montana Experience Outfitters offers one of the West's premier archery elk hunts. This hunt generally runs the first week of September, which is the opening week of Montana's Archery season. You will likely see bull elk every day and we hope to be able to "cow talk" one of those majestic animals into archery range. Hunting elk out on the Great Plains where elk once roamed freely is still a reality in Montana. This hunt is not your typical elk hunt which occurs in most of the Rockies. This hunt is in the Missouri River Breaks. Although there is timber, sage brush, and large juniper bushes this is still wide open country, which allows us to be able to "spot and stalk" elk. Drawing a Missouri River Breaks elk tag is one of Montana's most valued tags. Most opportunities will be shot at mature 6x6 bull elk. At this time, if you receive a combination elk tag, you will be able to change a trophy mule deer. This combination hunt is hard to beat! If you are an avid archer, this is the hunt for you! This is a limited quota hunt. The state has allotted me 5 permits each year and they go very fast.
Elk Hunting Methods
"Spot and Intercept" Elk leaving the watering holes heading to the bedding area
"Bugle to locate bull elk and sneak"
"Cow talk and decoy satellite bulls away from main herds"
We have had 100% success on opportunities over the past several years. We have been fortunate to have very good shooters. Be ready to shoot between 15 and 75 yards. We do not recommend mechanical broad heads for such large animals. Most of the bull elk we are after are considered Pope & Young. If you are willing to hold out there are some real monster bull elk in the wild. However, you are allowed to shoot a cow elk, calf or bull; and going home with an elk is important!
The best elk hunting is early mornings and evenings. This is where we have something very unique to add to the elk hunt: the opportunity to have a guaranteed tag for an antelope! There are very few places in the world where you can hunt antelope and elk in the same day. When elk are bedded down during mid day, we head off to the prairies to decoy in some Trophy Class antelope. There is nothing more exciting than finding a nice herd of antelope and decoying in one of the prairie-fasted big game animals! Shots can generally be taken from 30 to 80 yards, and the chances of taking a Pope & Young bucks are excellent. This makes a full day of hunting!
Archery hunters who booked an archery elk hunt received a "big game combination license". With this license you are entitled to also harvest a deer. If you do not harvest a deer during your archery elk hunt, many of our guest book a late season rifle mule deer hunt at a discounted price, and end up with a trophy mule deer.
Mule Deer Archery Hunts
We have plenty of mule deer bucks and does. A typical mule deer archery day would consist of an excellent home cooked breakfast to start off the morning and than off to the field. You may either choose to ride around and spot bucks off in the distance, or get out and hike as we would do during rifle season. Almost all of our hunts are spot and stalk, which adds to the fun. We do no use watering holes very often because of the abundance of water in the area. We hunt very close to Fort Peck Reservoir (which is a 150 mile long lake, with over 1,500 miles of shoreline) plus the prairie is filled with pot holes because of the local soil called bentonite, or more commonly known as gumbo, which holds water forever.
Most deer are funning in bachelor groups during the hunting season; from 2 to 8 bucks in a group. Most of the deer are in a very calms state at this time. They haven't seen people for over 10 months. You are able to purchase 1 buck and multiple doe tags. We are also able to put you on some whitetail doe areas where deer are plentiful. I do not know of any place in my state of Montana where I can go out day after day and get multiple opportunities to locate nice bucks with a bow and arrow. Most shots at mule deer range from 30 to 65 yards. I suggest you bring as many as 2 dozen arrows because you will get multiple opportunities if you don't score on the first couple of opportunities; there will be plenty more opportunities.
View our archery deer hunt video. Remember, this could be you!
Antelope Archery Hunts
Our archery antelope hunts are much like hunting mule deer hunts discussed above, except for a few minor changes. We do use some favorite watering holes because antelope don't go down by the lake much. Our shots at antelope are generally a little bit longer, ranging from 40 to 80 yards. One technique we use is decoying the antelope buck away from its' herd. Carl Mann personally decoyed over 8 bucks during the 2010 hunting season. This is why I suggest plenty of arrows. I shot plenty of times. You also may purchase doe tags along with your buck tag so you are given many opportunities every day. All of our archery hunts whether it is deer, antelope or elk are currently conducted as a 1-on-1 guide trip. Your guides have all hunted successfully with archery equipment themselves. Most of them have all achieved Pope & Young record book heads. One of our guides has achieved the Boone & Crockett award for antelope with his bow. I think it is hard to beat our system of guided hunts; we set you up for multiple shooting opportunities over multiple days.
Again, with the comfortable lodging at the Historic Fort Peck Lodge, and great food prepared by our cook, you will enjoy every minute of your trip. We have places to practice when you arrive and most archery hunts start the beginning of September and end the first part of October; except for antelope, which generally starts August 15th and runs through October 1st. Antelope archery tags are a lottery draw. The State of Montana gives out 5,600 archery antelope tags. Last year, there were 5,601 applicants, so your odds are extremely good. Plus, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said they are adding more tags this year. So, get a jump on hunting season. Start with us in August for antelope hunts.
Carl Mann's Montana
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