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Elk/Deer Hunting


We offer early season rifle wilderness hunts from our backcountry camp, Hellroaring. Early season hunts are primary target elk. However, if you have a deer license or bear permit they are fair game with no extra charge. These hunts book very early. The early season begins September 15th.

The early season rifle elk/deer wilderness hunt out of Hellroaring is a 7 day hunt (day in, 5 days hunting, day out). We hunt 1 guide to 2 hunters, and take 6-8 hunters on this hunt.

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During the general season we offer several elk and deer hunting options. General season rifle elk and deer wilderness hunts are run out of our backcountry camp at Independence.

The Independence hunt is a 7 day hunt (day in, 5 days hunting, day out).   We hunt 1 guide to 2 hunters and take 4-6 hunters on a hunt. Wilderness hunts from the backcountry camp typically take place during the first two weeks of the general season, but can extend a third week, weather permitting. We have the use of a cabin and a lodge near the wilderness hunting area as additional accommodation options.

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Lazy E-L Ranch - Roscoe, MT
The Lazy E-L is a 12,000 acre family owned ranch nestled at the foot of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness just outside Roscoe, Montana. With 5 miles of river frontage, wildlife abounds in this spectacular, unspoiled setting. The ranch offers a high-quality hunt with opportunity for harvesting respectable size elk and deer. This combination elk/deer hunt is a 7 day hunt (arrival day, 5 days hunting, departure day). We hunt 1 guide to 2 hunters and take only 6 hunters per hunt.

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Big Timber Ranch Hunts

The Big Timber Ranch hunts are on thousands of acres of rolling hills, with flowing creeks, elk and deer just minutes outside of Big Timber, MT. Only two of these eight ranches requires a special permit for elk.* Currently, all of our other ranches may be hunted with a general season combination license or individual elk and deer licenses. These hunts are 7 days (arrival day, 5 days hunting, departure day). We take 4-6 hunters, and hunt 1 guide to 2 hunters.

*The special permit areas for which to apply to hunt elk on these ranches are:
Elk Archery: 900-20
Elk Rifle: 580-22, 570-20
Elk Cow: 005-00

Non-residents must apply for a big game or elk combination license through the Montana drawing system in order to apply for a special elk permit. You may apply for a special permit at the same time you apply for the general draw. Residents must hold a valid elk license to apply for a special elk permit.

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The Divide Ranch

For the archery and rifle hunter focused on trophy elk, mule deer and whitetail deer, ABO has added a special trophy opportunity ranch that can be hunted with a general license. I have been guiding and outfitting for twenty years and the topography of the landscape of this ranch provides the most unique combination of land management, wildlife conservation and trophy hunting opportunity with a general tag that I have ever encountered. We use a combination of 4 wheelers, hiking and horses for this hunt.

* This ranch is hunted with a general license. However, a portion of the ranch is a special permit area. The ranch provides plenty of great hunting without the special permit area. However, we encourage you to apply for the special permit unit along with your general license application.

Archery Special Permit Area: 900-20
Rifle Special Permit Area: 580-21

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E-E Ranch – Big Timber, MT

This unique hunting and fishing opportunity allows you to plan your own combination
hunting and fishing adventure.

  • Five miles of Yellowstone riverfront with brush and cottonwood trees, lots of water
    and channels, holds deer, abundant turkey and waterfowl
  • 5 minutes from Big Timber
  • Phenomenal Fishing
  • Combination Hunts Available: Deer, Turkey, Duck & Geese
  • Archery or Rifle
  • Seasonal Custom Hunts

Licenses Required:
Deer – Apply in general draw online, www.fwp.mt.gov , for license.

Turkey, Ducks and Geese - Purchase licenses online through MFWP www.fwp.mt.gov

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2019 General Hunting Information Packet (PDF)

2019 Wilderness Hunting Information Packet (PDF)

2019 Private Land Hunting Information Packet (PDF)

Hunting Licenses/Permits are not included in the price of the hunts.

Licensing Information and Deadlines

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What to expect
on your hunting trip

A personal note from the owner

Hunting Deposit Policy

A partial deposit of $1000 is required to book your hunt.  The $1000 partial deposit will be refunded if you do not draw a license.  The drawing takes place in mid-April. The remainder of the deposit (50% of the cost of the hunt) is due when the draw is posted.  The balance of the hunt is due 30 days prior to your hunt and is non-refundable.  Hunts not fully paid by this date will be considered cancelled.  Trip Cancellation Insurance, which we recommend, is available at: MOGA

We accept Credit Cards (Visa/MasterCard only) and Checks

Make Checks Payable to:  Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters, Inc.

Drop Camp Pricing

The cost of a drop camp is $2250.00 for one person. The cost for additional hunters or ride-a-longs is $500 per person. The location for the drop camp will be discussed between client and outfitter. Outfitter will have final say in drop camp determination. Location is determined by Outfitter's approved Forest Service area and best opportunity for game without infringing on other hunters.


Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters • P.O. Box 318 • Big Timber, MT 59011• (406) 579-3866 • email
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