Prior to the Hunt

  • Sight in your rifle and make sure of its accuracy. Bring enough ammunition.
  • Acquire hunter orange clothing for safety.
  • Ensure you possess a valid FWP hunting license to harvest an elk in HD 314.
  • Bring a valid form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • Sharpen your knife for cleaning the animal. Bring a saw for splitting the breastbone.
  • Bring your own food and snacks (no food will be served).
  • Bring any necessary medications.
  • Bring appropriate clothing for the weather. Expect to spend the entire hunt outside.
  • Attend an FWP Hunter’s Safety training if you have not already done so (http://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/).
  • Bring water to drink.
  • Bring a mask.

What not to bring on the hunt

  • Alcohol – none is permitted during the hunt
  • Illegal drugs
  • Dogs are not allowed at PVR

On the day of the hunt

  • Address of the hunting headquarters is 4566 Old Yellowstone Trail North
  • Arrive on time. The hunting coordinator will contact hunters a week before their hunt to solidify details, including check-in time.
  • A port-a-potty is located onsite.
  • All hunters will sign a liability waiver upon arriving and then be assigned to a guide.
  • All hunters will be escorted on ranch-owned side-by-sides to pursue elk. Only ranch-owned vehicles are allowed on the property.
  • Cell phones should be placed in non-ring mode.
  • The guide has final say on which animals may be harvested.
  • Hunters will clean their own animals, and the guide will help load any harvested animals into the side-by-side for transport back to hunters’ vehicles.
  • During pre-hunt check-ins, guides will visually confirm that all hunters are using lead-free ammunition. Any hunters not using lead-free ammo will forfeit their hunt.

After the hunt

  • Hunters will be requested to complete a survey regarding the hunting experience.
  • FWP personnel will likely be present to check licenses and the animals

The Hunter’s Checklist – What to Bring

  • Valid elk hunting license issued by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • Valid photo identification, such as driver’s license or passport
  • High-powered rifle that has been sighted in
  • Lead-free ammunition
  • Knife
  • Saw
  • Binoculars
  • Water bottle
  • Food
  • Any necessary medications
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and boots
  • Hunter orange
  • Gamebags
  • Bear Spray
  • Covid-19 mask

Retrieval policy

  • PVR guides will assist hunter with game retrieval within the ranch boundaries. Hunter is ultimately responsible for game retrieval.
  • PVR vehicles, including ATVs and UTVs, operated by ranch employees, will be used during game retrieval as terrain and conditions allows.
  • PVR guides will assist the hunter with transporting, dragging, and/or packing an animal from the field back to the hunter’s vehicle.
  • PVR guides are not responsible for field dressing, caping, skinning or quartering a hunter’s animal, but will assist as needed.
  • Hunter is responsible for pursuing and dispatching their own wounded game. If a hunter’s wounded animal leaves the ranch boundaries, then their PVR hunt is over.  At that point it becomes the hunter’s sole responsibility to contact the other landowner to request permission to pursue their wounded animal.  If a wounded animal leaves the ranch boundaries, PVR guides will return the hunter to their vehicle, but will not assist with tracking or retrieval.
  • If a hunter’s wounded animal leaves PVR but later crosses back onto PVR, the hunter must contact the PVR hunt coordinator to request access to pursue their animal. If available, guides will assist the hunter with tracking and retrieving the animal.
  • Any wounded game not retrieved, on or off PVR, will be considered lost. PVR guides must report all lost game to MT FWP.
  • To help ensure successful hunts and retrievals, PVR guides will notify hunters regarding property boundaries and steep, gnarly areas to avoid.
  • PVR guides have the authority to suspend any hunt or pursuit to maintain a level of safety for both hunters and guides; i.e. dangerous weather conditions or treacherous terrain.
  • Hunter is responsible for knowing and obeying all MT hunting regulations; including legal shooting light and correctly tagging their animal.

Collaboration

This Paradise Valley Ranch hunting opportunity is being held in collaboration with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. FWP personnel may be on the ranch during the hunt, and hunters should anticipate a visit by the Game Warden to check proper hunting credentials as well as inspection of any harvested animals.

Applications open August 1, 2022.