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Directory of Regions 2-6 Region 1 7-11 Region 2 12-17 Region 3

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The Montana Hunting Guide and we will contribute $100 to the first 10 people

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Steve Brett

Taxidermist Big Game Specialist 406-273-2210 20 Years Experience

5348 Florence Carlton Loop Florence, MT

HAMILTON PACKING Wild Game Processing Turn your successful hunt into custom cuts, smoked jerky & sausage.

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692 Hwy 93 N Hamilton, MT 406-961-3861 Hamilton Packing is locally owned and operated.

Your Perfect Hunting or Fishing Get-a-way.

Amenities include quiet country roads surrounded by stunning views of the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains.

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Nordheim Guest House Horse and pet friendly.

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Outfitter #574 Montana Hunt & Fish Company White Sulphur Springs, MT

Find the best in western Montana hunting trips! Swan Mountain Outfitters is fortunate to have access to thousands of acres of the Flathead National Forest, in and around the Swan Valley and the famed Bob Marshall Wilderness. Our hunting areas support a number of elk herds and ample populations of whitetail deer, mule deer and black bear, increasing the chances

of success across species. We offer the best in horseback based free chase public land mountain hunting. We have a spring bear season, back country wilderness pack in hunt and regular rifle season. We cater to archers and rifles hunters and offer lion hunts during the winter. 5 • MHG 2010

1(800) 919-4416 swanmountainoutfitters.com


Continental Divide Outfitters Our hunting guides and dependable horses will take you to the beautiful Big Hole Valley, located in Southwestern Montana which has the largest concentration of elk in the state of Montana. The unusually accessible terrain offers you a fantastic opportunity for a successful guided elk hunt. Enjoy an authentic Rocky Mountain backcountry experience, hunt big game and dine on delicious, home cooked meals. We offer both archery/bow and rifle hunts where you’ll benefit from small hunting groups and experienced hunting guides.

~ Montana ~ hunting for elk with Continental Divide Outfitters

Continental Divide Outfitters 1216 Nordheim Lane Corvalllis, Montana 59828

406.961.0139

With guaranteed outfitter sponsored licenses now is the time for elk hunting dream to come true..


First Class Experience, at a Reasonable Price. Remote wilderness archery & rifle hunts Excellent success on quality bulls Backcountry river float fishing trips Call or e-mail for free brochure, reference list and pricing. 7 • MHG 2010

406-360-4241

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Founding Editor Outfitter Review

Outfitter: Black Butte Outfitting Owner: Mark Edgell Region: 3 (near Ennis, MT)

This year’s deer hunt took place with Black Butte outfitters in the Gravely Range of Montana. Even though our primary focus was deer there was ample opportunity for harvesting an elk and even a couple chances at a bear. The weather, though cold, worked with us very well and kept game moving late in the day and had them getting out of their beds early.

Accomodations: HHHH Put hunter on game: H H H H H Difficulty of terrain: H H H HHHHH My experience: Cost of hunt: $3,500 5 H's is highest rating

This Type of Hunt was Spot and Stalk Get as high as possible and watch every drainage you could. We glassed over several nice bucks and harvested this 28 inch 3x4 on the 4th day of a 5 day hunt. This is a very respectable deer for a public land hunt. We were roughly 6 miles back on horse which removed a lot of the pressure. In fact, the entire 7 days (1 in-5 hunt-1 out), we only saw 2 other horse back hunters.

They lived up to thier word The accommodations consisted of a warm breakfast burrito in the morning, a sack lunch in the afternoon and hearty dinner at the end of the evening. They lived up to everything they advertised in their flyer, including the lots of hiking.

1st Person to book a hunt gets $ 500 OFF!

Montana Hunting - Be Prepared You better come to this hunt prepared to put on some miles, just like any Montana hunt, the terrain and elevation can get to you if you are not prepared. The terrain was relatively open with your average shot opportunity around 250 yards. Once the game was down, they took care of it from there. Caped and quartered, we headed back down the mountain on the horses.

When you call, mention this review!

Guide Contact Information: Mark Egell - Owner/Outfitter 312 Big Horn Rd. Ennis, MT 59810 406-396-0151 www.blackbutteoutfitting.com

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