Every Fall, when the bugle of the elk and the chatter of the southbound geese fill the air, Bear Trap Outfitters packs the horses and fills the chuckwagon for week-long backcountry big game hunting expeditions. Whether you seek the independence of the early bow hunt, the nostalgia of the black powder challenge or the camaraderie of the rifle season, Bear Trap Outfitters can take you there.
Elk, deer, moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep hunts are available, but please book your hunt early as they fill fast.
Hunting Big Game in Montana
We focus our hunting trips in the remote Montana wilderness starting from West Yellowstone, including rugged mountains, high plains, dense forests, as well as the exclusive lower valleys supporting an abundance of trophy elk, mule deer, white tail deer, black bear, mountain lion, and wolf.
Our backcountry hunting season is usually September through November. The weather is sometimes unpredictable and the snow can be too deep after November. We use horses and pack mules to escort our guests to our campsites are deep in Yellowstone County, where there are no roads. Our guides have years of outdoor experience, and are there for safety, education and to provide superior outfitting service. We will tailor the trip to meet the expectations, comfort needs, and various levels of backcountry expertise.
All hunters must have an appropriate license for the species they will hunt. As of 2020, each hunter must obtain his or her own hunting licenses from the state of Montana. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks web site provides detailed information on seasons, licensing, bonus points and special permits by hunting district. You can also contact MT FWP by phone (406) 444-2950 or by mail at PO Box 200701 Helena, MT 59620-0701.
Backcountry Pack Trip Details
The backcountry trips are guided week-long trips from Friday to Thursday. Depending on where we’ve spotted game in the previous weeks, we plan our trip to try and coincide with known herd movements. Our first Friday is on horseback for several hours, then lunch, then horseback several more hours until we reach our campsite. The tents go up (we’ll help you all you need) and all your gear is stowed away. Our cooks start dinner while the guides take you on forays from camp to track our quarry.
Saturday we leave at dawn, and will split up into smaller groups, depending on what game we are tracking. Sunday we break down camp and follow the game, usually with one or two kills. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we stay in place if the herds are close.