Montana Backcountry Outfitters
Roby Bowe
P.O. Box 856
Libby, Montana 59923
406–293–1988
Montana Outfitters License #15581
info@montanabackcountryoutfitters.com

David Blackburn
13546 Montana Hwy 37
Libby, Montana 59923
Montana Outfitters License #2464
Montana Hunting
with the Montana Backcountry Outfitters
Travel to Montana Arrow  Your adventure with us starts here. Your Bob Marshall Wilderness trip will typically begin in Kalispell. However, we will occasionally start trips at other prearranged locations. You may want to arrive in the Kalispell area one day prior to your expedition, resting at one of the many premier lodging facilities available throughout the area. Please refer to our Travel Information page for information about these facilities and familiarize yourself with your options. Many of these lodging providers offer complimentary airport shuttle service, business centers, and many other services and amenities that will fit your needs.

After meeting you at our scheduled location, we will travel to one of two trailheads to begin our journey into the backcountry. If it is an early season hunt, we will set up camp at the Beavercreek trailhead for the night and proceed alongside the Spotted Bear River to Lone Butte Camp the following morning. About 4:30am, our morning will begin with a hearty breakfast. Once the tents and gear are gathered and your guides have saddled up and packed the stock, the pack train will depart from the trailhead as it begins its spectacular ten hour ride venturing thirty miles into the heart of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

If the hunt is occurring later in the season, meaning mid to late October, heavy snowfall in the higher elevations will have forced animals to migrate down from the backcountry. Therefore, our destination will be geared toward winter range hunting ground in the lower elevations. That being said, we will set up camp for the night at the Meadow Creek trailhead, and the following morning, proceed alongside the South Fork of the Flathead River traveling 15 miles to Independence Camp.

From the very beginning, you will be welcomed by some of the most breathtaking scenery in Montana. Glimpses of mountain lions, mountain goats, and even an occasional grizzly bear sighting will impress you. More commonly spotted along this awe–inspiring journey is a host of wildlife inhabitants including moose, whitetail deer, mule deer and the majestic elk during mating season.

A notable advantage to hunting in the "Bob" during the early season is that Montana offers early season rifle hunting mid to late September. This is the prime rut period for elk, the most active time for an elk herd. The chances of a successful hunt during the rut improves significantly due to the combination of elk herds being very active constantly roaming the countryside, being very vocal bugling to express dominance, and becoming increasingly less alert. First–time hunters and veteran hunters agree that pursuing bull elk during this time creates one of the most exciting and unpredictable hunting experiences.

Once your Montana hunting adventure comes to an end, we will head out for a one–day ride and return to civilization accompanying you to your lodging for the night in Kalispell.

Montana 2017 Hunting Season Dates

The big game animals we primarily hunt include deer, elk, bear, goat, and mountain lion. The following summarizes the 2017 hunting season dates for these specific animals.
  • Black Bear – Fall Archery → September 2 through September 14
  • Black Bear – Fall → September 15 through November 26
  • Deer and Elk – Archery → September 2 through October 15
  • Deer and Elk – General → October 21 through November 26
  • Deer and Elk Backcountry Hunting – Bob Marshall Wilderness District 150 – Archery → September 2 through September 14
  • Deer and Elk Backcountry Hunting – Bob Marshall Wilderness District 150 – General → September 15 through November 26
  • Mountain Goat → September 15 through November 26
  • Mountain Lion – Archery (without hounds) → September 2 through October 15
  • Mountain Lion – Fall (without hounds) → October 21 through November 26

For important public notices and breaking news in addition to detailed information regarding the Montana 2017 – 2018 hunting season guidelines, regulations, and licensing, please visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website.

Montana Backcountry Outfitters Rates

Our pricing structure is very simple and straight forward. All of our hunts are fully outfitted and include all guiding, meals, and sleeping accommodations. Travel expenses, lodging expenses and licensing fees are not included. Please feel free to contact us if you should have any further questions.
  • 10 days/9 nights – one day ride in, 8 full hunting days, one day ride out; $4,600 ($1,380 deposit) per person; early and late season trips
  • 8 days/7 nights – one day ride in, 6 full hunting days, one day ride out; $4,200 ($1,260 deposit) per person; late season beginning the last week in October

Terms and Conditions

  • A 30% deposit is required as of notification to secure your reserved hunting dates.
  • The balance of total fees due must be paid in full no later than 60 days prior to your scheduled hunt date.
  • If a reservation is made within 60 days of hunting date, a full payment is required at that time.
  • Acceptable forms of payment are cashier's check, money order or personal check.

Cancellation Policy

  • If your entire hunting trip is cancelled 60 days prior to your scheduled hunt date, your deposit will be refunded, less $100 cancellation/processing fee.
  • If your entire hunting trip is cancelled within 60 days of your scheduled hunt date, the deposit is non–refundable.

Additional Services Available

A five day pack trip exploring scenic wilderness areas of the backcountry is available first week of September. Call for pricing options.

Tips and Pointers from Your Guides

  • Be prepared for the unexpected.
  • A true sense of adventure and a spirited, fun attitude are an absolute must!
  • And remember, being physically and mentally prepared will increase your odds of success dramatically.