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Two Bear Outfitters offers a semi-guided economy hunt for those who wish to hunt on their own. This hunt is run out of our main base camp and affords the hunter the freedom of hunting on their own, at their own pace. When you return to base camp, supper will be on the stove and your tents will be warm.
This hunt takes the time-consuming chores of cooking and cleaning out of the way so you can enjoy camp and focus on your hunt. In the evenings after supper, we will discuss the day's events, pull out the maps, and strategize for the next day. A guide will accompany the hunters out into the field on one or possibly more days. All quartering, packing, and caping will be done by us.
These are good quality hunts in the heart of big bull country, but we recommend a certain amount of elk hunting experience for participants.
The ability to read and understand maps or GPS systems is important. We scout our areas nearly year-round, and by the time you join us, we will have a good idea where you can find the elk.
We know where the active wallows, the bedding areas, natural licks, travel routes and feeding areas are located, and the use of a map or GPS is essential. This is a horseback base camp hunt, but you will be able to access quality elk hunting right out of camp on foot. It is common to hear bulls bugling right out of camp in the mornings, evenings, and through the night. Two Bear Outfitters respects and appreciates folks wanting to do their own hunt, on their own terms, and we are committed to making your time with us as successful as possible.
A typical day in the life of a semi-guided hunter goes as follows: We give the breakfast wake up call on a star-filled brisk morning. A breakfast of eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, muffins, oatmeal, coffee and juice is served in the main dining tent. The outfitter will go over the day's strategy with all, prior to embarking on the day's hunt. Each hunter will pack their lunch with sandwiches prepared by the camp cook and choose from a cafe style selection of candies, cakes, chips, apples, oranges and other lunch treats for a lunch they will enjoy. Semi-guided hunters leave and hunt at their own leisure, with most leaving in the dark and returning to camp after the sun has sunk in the western sky. Upon return to camp, we all discuss the day's events and the packer prepares to pack out whatever game was harvested. A supper fit for a king is served complete with desserts made from scratch in our camp oven. Hot showers are taken in the heated shower tent and the next day's planning gets underway. A few stories, most true, or at least partially true, are told around the base camp fire before we retire for the night.
Nestled quietly among the towering pine and next to
a healthy crystal clear mountain stream lies the Two Bear drop camp. It has been said that outfitters put clients in drop camps away from the good elk hunting and guided clients.
At Two Bear Outfitters, that statement couldn’t be farther from the truth. You are in the middle of big bull country filled with rubs, wallows and trails. Frankly, our spike camp is awesome. So awesome that we sometimes conduct guided hunts out of it if it isn’t being used.
We certainly recommend that hunters have some elk hunting experience under their belts and some comfort level with being in the wild. If you can call elk during archery, and don’t need a guide, then this is the hunt for you. We even supply the food! If you're serious about getting elk involvement, and want to do it on your own, this is a must-try camp.
These spike camps are designed to be for the hunters who are experienced in the backcountry and want to rely on their own skill and ability. They are fully equipped with wall tents, sleeping cots, wood stoves, a small kitchen stocked with fresh food, lanterns, wood, latrine, and fresh water.
We will pack clients and their gear by horseback to camp. Clients will then be informed on the particulars of hunting that area and relate it to a topographical map. These hunts can be very productive, as the area is in the middle of big bull country.
Our guides will check in to pack out any game you have taken and assist in any way possible. We supply two-way radios for daily communication with base camp.
Late Season Elk/Deer Hunts
These hunts are geared for the hunter who wants a nice hot shower and a dry warm cabin to sleep in. The lodge is rustic and has the Montana draw folks coming to enjoy it.
We will be hunting over a million acres on the Bitterroot National Forest and travel by 4X4, horse-back and afoot. The heavy snows in the high-county push and consolidate the elk and deer to about ½ the area they would normally be on which greatly increases your chances of success.
We mainly hunt the burns which work well for spot and stalk as well as open park slopes and ridges. This area is producing some of the best bulls and bucks in the state. There is limited draw permits on mule deer buck that produce 180+ class deer. There is also a very good opportunity for taking white-tail as they will be in full rut. This area is kicking out some of the top trophies in the state.
One of the big advantages of lodge hunting is the ability of hunters to move about and work different areas. This time of year, the Pintler Migration is also a possibility. When the migration is on elk pour out of the Pintler Range and right through our core hunting areas. During this time the elk hunting can be phenomenal! Late season does not guarantee a migration, but it almost always guarantees cold and snow, which is key to rifle hunting success. Our lodge hunts are very successful and a great way to cover a lot of territory and be where the elk are. Finish a hard day of hunting off with a hot shower, great meal, and a warm bed. Our lodge is can sleep 4-6 people, with private bath, private fully equipped kitchen, private laundry, flat screen TV with blue ray and video library stocked with outdoor adventure videos and satellite. Come join us a great late season winter lodge hunt!.
Lodge accommodations available year round.
Group discounts available. Call for availability.
Lodging and 3 squares a day (meals) are included in these hunts. Enjoy our Montana style lodge when you are not hunting!
Spring Bear Hunts
While most outdoorsmen find themselves rummaging through their camp gear and tackle box in the spring, at Two Bear Outfitters, we are getting ready for hunting! As the snow recedes off the mountain slopes and the weather begins to warm, the bears start finding their way out of their winter dens.
The southern slopes, avalanche shoots, and old logging roads make for some tasty grass that the bears seek. The bears are on the move, hungry and needing to replenish calories burned over the winter months. Spring bear season in Montana is a fantastic time to be about in the mountains.
Our bear season is spot and stalk fair chase only. The use of bait or hounds is forbidden in the state of Montana. Your weapons can include rifle, pistol, or archery tackle.
In 2010 Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks extended the spring bear season in our Bear Management Unit (BMU) by an additional two weeks due to the high bear population trend. We are seeing some big bears with multiple color phase. Phases include black, blonde, chocolate, cinnamon, and even a few multi-colored black/blonde and cinnamon/chocolates!
Our permits cover the Bitterroot national forest. We access the mountains via four-wheel drive and ATV's. We spend the day glassing and stalking to within range of our trophy.
When a bear is taken, we employ our horses and mules to retrieve the bear if necessary. Field dressing and caping/skinning are done by us. We have three 6-day hunts available running as scheduled.
To book your hunt today call
Two Bear Outfitters at 406-375-8453.
Moose, Goat, Sheep, and Mule Deer Hunts
These hunts are conducted by special permits only. Tags for these species are extremely difficult to draw in our area. However, for those fortunate enough to pull one of these tags we offer a truly remarkable hunting adventure. Success is very near 100% and the area affords some truly trophy animals. Unit 261/270 mule deer tags are arguably the premiere tags in the state and one of the top draws the country. It is not uncommon for us to see 20+ bucks a day many of which would be great deer in other areas.
These hunts are 5 day lodge based with additional days available for purchase if necessary or desired. The national forest is accessed via 4x4 vehicle. Hunters should prepare to hunt hard, stay out all day, and put in long hours. Hunters should also be prepared to ride four wheelers, horses, and hike. Two Bear Outfitters recognizes how special these tags are and will hold nothing back in getting you on your once in a lifetime trophy. These hunts are all guided personally by the outfitter and in some cases another guide may assist. Call us for details.
Winter Lion Hunt
These hunts are conducted on our vast permits on the Bitterroot National Forest. You will stay in our comfortable lodge an access the national forest via 4x4. A typical day finds the lion hunter up very early and waiting for the lion tracks to be located. Our guides are up about 3am hitting the fresh snow and looking for tracks, once located, we release the hounds and the hunt is on! These hunts are high intensity and about as much fun as a fellow can have. We enjoy abundant cat populations and the success rate is extremely high.
We usually stop hunting around 1pm as we cannot have the dogs and clients out at night. This allows our clients to have plenty of relaxing time in the afternoons and enjoy the stay in our comfortable lodge. These hunts are all inclusive including breakfast, lunches, and dinner. Clients are responsible for their own transportation to and from Montana, tags, meat processing, and taxidermy work. We pick clients up at airport at no charge. Two Bear Outfitters has no “trophy fees” for any animal we hunt.
The special tag drawing must be completed by August 11. The special Mountain Lion Tag is 204-00 and covers Lion Management Units 204, 260,261,262, 240,250,270. Drawing results are available on or after August 18th. If unsuccessful in the drawing applicants will receive a letter from Montana FWP allowing them to purchase a region 2 General Lion License for the general season the Begins Feb 01. Cat hunts remain open during this general season until quotas are filled.
Sometimes the soul needs to be refreshed. If you are interested in leaving behind the internet, email, phones, and work and escaping into the pristine back country, we have the trip for you. Nestled into the Chaffin creek basin are three beautiful mountain lakes that are sure to take your breath away. Two Bear Outfitters holds the USFS permit for summer pack trips in this area. We camp at Hart Lake after a six mile horseback ride into the area.
Once there sip on a drink, swim, fish, hike, explore and don’t forget your camera. Let us take care of the camp and prepare hearty trail food, breakfast, lunch and dinners. The area boast multiple species of wildlife including, elk, bear, deer, mountain lion, bobcat, wolves, fisher, and many reptiles, birds and raptors. Opportunities to photograph multiple species are commonplace. In evening sit down to a relaxing camp meal prepared by us, and enjoy the mountain campfire. Your only job is to relax we take care of everything else. Once the sun sets below the mountains you will be privileged to enjoy the night sky as it was centuries ago. The stars shine brightly and the night sky seems to come to life.
Families and groups are certainly welcome. We have a three day three person minimum for this summer package. These pack trips are conducted in accordance with our permit and only available Monday-Friday. See our rate/dates section for pricing. Two Bear Outfitters owns and trains our own horses and mules, we do not use rental stock.