Montana has a six week archery season that opens the first or second Saturday in September and closes in mid October. Eastern Montana has long been known for the trophy quality of its whitetail and mule deer and in recent years has also become known as home to some of the world's largest elk.
Archery Camp: Our hunts are typically conducted with two to four hunters in camp per week. Hunts are conducted from tree stands or ground blinds over waterholes or trails between morning and evening feeding and bedding areas. Hunting techniques also include "spot and stalk" along with occasionally bugling or cow calling bull elk. Non-residents currently have about a 50% chance of drawing an archery elk tag in our area and when a tag is drawn, our Ekalaka camp offers the bowhunter a chance to take a "world class" trophy bull elk. Our camps can also offer hunters the opportunity to take an exceptional mule deer or whitetail deer. When hunting antelope we will use various techniques such as spot and stalk, decoys, or sitting in blinds over waterholes.
Nonresident License Information:
Current (2017) "elk and deer combination" license cost was $1005 and on a draw system. The "deer only" license cost was $602 and also on a draw. "Elk only" cost $868 and also on a draw. Application deadline for elk and or deer licenses is March 15th. Antelope license cost for 2017 was $205 and also on a draw basis with a June 1st deadline for applying.
Archery Permits Required
Hunters at both camps apply for General Deer Permit
Ekalaka hunters apply for 900-20 Archery Elk Permit
Musselshell hunters apply for General Elk Permit
Hunters at both camps apply for 900-20 Archery Antelope Permit
All bowhunters must purchase an archery stamp ($10) by providing a copy of an NBEF Bowhunter Education Certificate or any prior year's bowhunting license from another state.
Booking and General Information
- We require a 1/3 deposit when reservations are made. Deposits are nonrefundable unless license is not drawn, then the deposit will be refunded or applied for following year at your discretion. Balance of the price of hunt to be paid 30 days prior to arrival.
- The price of the hunt includes everything except license, transportation to and from camp, any gratuities you feel appropriate and approximately a $75 cost to process your animal if you do not take it with you so the meat may be distributed to needy families.
- Hunters should arrive the afternoon prior to the day their hunt begins and depart the morning after the last day.
- J&J Guide Service provides all necessary services and equipment to insure your success including guide service, meals, lodging and trophy care of animals.
- The only thing you are required to bring is your personal gear, shooting equipment, license and clothing.