Prior to the Hunt
- Sight in your rifle using non-lead ammunition 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 or HD 313.
- 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.
What not to bring on the hunt
- Alcohol – none is permitted during the hunt
- Illegal or recreational drugs
- Dogs are not allowed
On the day of the hunt
- Address of the hunting headquarters:
- PVR hunts – 4566 Old Yellowstone Trail North; Livingston, MT
- MSGR, WCR & RDM hunts – 40 Big Creek Road; Emigrant, MT
- Arrive on time. Hunt coordinators will contact hunters three days before their scheduled 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.
- Guides will check hunters’ ammunition to ensure its lead-free status.
- All hunters will be escorted in ranch-owned pickups and UTV’s 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 harvests
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
- Water bottle
- Any necessary medications
- Weather-appropriate clothing and boots
- Hunter orange
- Bear Spray
- Covid-19 mask
- Guides will assist hunter with game retrieval within the ranch boundaries. Hunter is ultimately responsible for game retrieval.
- Ranch vehicles, including pickups, ATVs and UTVs, operated by ranch employees, will be used during game retrieval as terrain and conditions allows.
- Guides will assist the hunter with transporting, dragging, and/or packing an animal from the field back to the hunter’s vehicle.
- Guides are not responsible for field dressing, caping, skinning or quartering a hunter’s animal, but are happy to 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 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, guides will return the hunter to their vehicle. Guides will not assist with tracking or retrieval off property. Additionally, guides are not obligated to help pursue game onto public lands.
- If a hunter’s wounded animal leaves the ranch but later crosses back onto the property, the hunter must contact the 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 the ranch, will be considered lost. Guides will report all lost game to MT FWP.
- To help ensure successful hunts and retrievals, guides will notify hunters regarding property boundaries and steep, gnarly areas to avoid.
- 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 FWP hunting regulations; including legal shooting light and correctly tagging their animal.
This PVR 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.