There is a place left in this country big enough to consume all worldly distractions. A place one can become truly lost and oftentimes, found. Wilderness is a place that pulls things deep from our souls. This solitude gives us the chance to breath, to rest, to think, and to prioritize the things that really do matter. If we immerse ourselves, it does wonders to the spirit. Elk hunting is a hell of an excuse to be out there.
We welcomed five hunters this past week which consisted of two old elk hunting pals, a father and son (Will, 11yrs old), and “Swat-Dan” as he’s become known around here. (Not only do guides end up with nicknames around here, so do return clients)
Just imagine… You are going elk hunting in Montana with your Dad. During your elk hunt, you rode a painted pony in the dark, in the middle of Grizzly Bear country. You hiked miles of unforgiving Rocky Mountain dirt. To boot, you had elk in your riflescope nearly every day. Heck, I just liked getting out of school. As for 11 year old Will, he received the unanamous vote for “hunter of the week”.
We often worry about our youth being misled during the developmental years of their lives. I’m certain Will has been led in the right direction. He’ll be hunting for the rest of his life. There are few finer things a father and son can do together-other than fishing. Many thanks to your Dad, for helping you to see the right directions to take in life-welcome to our world. I’ll look forward to getting you in a drift boat with a fly rod in your hand next summer!
Wildeness is a place to get lost, physically as well as mentally. It’s also a place where you really are only as old as you feel. While Will may have had youth on his side, fortunately even we elderly elk hunters don’t forget how it feels to be 11 again. That’s why we keep doing it. That’s why we love the hunt. That’s what we work so hard at here at Dome Mountain Ranch. Sharing this with others is making a positive difference in all our lives I’m convinced, this is one reason we have so much fun.
I’ve always said, “if you ain’t bleedin’, sweatin’ or pukin’, you ain’t huntin’ elk”. I’m pretty sure that everyone who hunted with us this week would agree. Elk hunting is never easy. Matter of fact, just the ride to get there is often a challenge and adventure in itself. On top of that, once we get to that spot before its even light enough to see, there’s the patience part. It’s not easy to rest your back on a rock for 3 hours in blistering cold western weather (we hunted for three days with high wind warnings-gusts up to 80 mph winds in 9 degree temperatures (these numbers are literally off the wind-chill chart) . Fortunately, the tower shack was held down by Swat Dan and Q-Tip.
In spite of tough weather, we were into elk most of the week and had some good opportunities. It was the elements that got the best of us, not so much the hunting. More and more cows are moving onto the mountain and a few elk have begun their yearly migration via a 15,000 year old trail from Yellowstone Park, but nothing like last season.
We’ve not seen many full-bodied bulls going by in the back of pickup trucks. Anyone who’s been killing elk around here lately usually is taking them out in pieces, be it with some trusty mules or kind, strong-backed pals. Road hunting has been tough, just the way we like it. Anytime we make it harder on the guys who give hunting a bad name we’re doing our part in keeping good traditions alive and extinguishing bad traditions.
“Durty Kurty” shared a pro-tip with us regarding how to keep our feet warm and stop them from sweating. When it comes to hunting in our Montana weather, we always suggest at least 1000 grams of Thinsulate…or in layman’s terms, enough boot to keep your feet warm in frigid conditions.
Often a hunter’s feet will sweat when active because some boots don’t allow “breathing”. Once on stand, this can cause some chilly toes. In order to combat this moisture, Kurty suggests spray on deodorant. Though I’ve not tested his methods yet, I’m also curious if this was just his way to get Dan to do some laundry. We’d hate to change his knick name from “Q-Tip” to “Dirty Dan”.
According to all the hunter’s comments this week, we’re doing things right and always working on doing things better. There were plenty of adventures, more laughs at the dinner table than anyone could count, a few good jokes and most importantly great times with great people. New relationships were formed.
We’ve got one week of hunting left, the famous “Thanksgiving week”. Weather forecasts call for some Arctic Cold (I guess 9 degrees would be called “sub-arctic”?). Snow is sticking in spite of the high winds, yet there’s still an abundance of available food in the high country, so elk don’t have to get far from their beds to find chow. Most have been bedded before first light and sticking in those beds until the last few ticks of legal shooting light. Success is going to not only mean being in the right place at the right time, it’s going to mean being in the right place at the right time sooner and later.
The mountain will be lonely for a few days and so will the elk. As winter settles in it’s hard to believe that 12 weeks of hunting will again be coming to a close for the 14th season…at least until we chase some cats in a few weeks or unless someone makes the poor decision to extend our season so the road hunters can have a little more success.
Safe travels to Buzz, Mike, Art & Osirus-We’ll see you on the mountain in a few days!
Thanks for reading. Looking forward to sharing another adventure real soon!
“We’ll see you on the Mountain”
Elk Hunting Testimonials; Week II-Words worth sharing.
I am still smiling all day. Had a great time in Montana. Definitely got the experience I was hoping for and your part of the country is stunningly beautiful. I took plenty of photos but they just don’t do justice to the real thing. I do hope to figure out a way to return someday. If not for a hunt, at least for a visit.
I took my son and went to deer camp for opening weekend of whitetail (rifle) here in Vermont this Saturday and Sunday and turns out one of my good friends is Charlie Hafner who is on your emailing list and he had recognized the pictures of my hunt from your Nov 8 blog. He brought it all printed out. We have been friends since college days and been going to our deer camp for opening weekend (that Charlies’s family owns) for over 30 years now. His son, Scott, and my son Jeffrey are developing into the next generation of that tradition. Very cool. Scotty was the only one in camp of 8 guys that brought in a deer this weekend. Charlie said he has been researching for a while and been on your email list for 6 or 8 months. He’s undecided about elk in Montana or a Canadian deer or moose hunt but I gave him the A++++ recommendation for DMR.
I talked to the Yellowstone Game Processor today and they are shipping my order on Weds. The day I left I forgot to collect a package of tenderloin that Rick had put in the freezer at the ranch for me to take in my luggage. If that could get to the processor to ship with the rest I would appreciate it but if that is not convenient please offer it to the crew to share with my thanks and compliments.
Good luck with the rest of your season. If you hear from Rick I hope he’s hitting long and straight.
I just wanted to drop a line and thank you and your staff for a great job, well done. From the start to the finish, everything was excellent. The accomidations, food, guides, stock, etc., were all very good. I am looking forward to another hunt with you in the future. I have several people that have expressed interest to me in bringing them along. I will keep you informed. Thanks again for a great job; please pass it on. I will be contacting you in the near future.
Jerry L. StonerTags: Compliments, Hunting References, References, Testimonials | Categories: Booking an Elk Hunt, Choosing between a rifle hunt or archery hunt, Client Testimonials, Controversial Issues, elk hunting outfitter, fair chase elk hunting, Hunter Ethics, Montana Elk Hunting | Comments (0) | Permalink
Action started a day early with some entertainment from some local road hunters who shot a bull and wounded a cow which the Dome Mountain boys helped load into the game warden’s truck. While tickets were issued, it’s often disheartening because of the lightness of the fines. Most of the cost of the tickets will go to processing the meat for the food bank and although hunting privileges will be revoked for a year, history has shown that they’ll be back at it again.
The biggest threat to hunting isn’t anti-hunters; it’s those who set a bad example. I think most true hunters and conservationists would agree that the fines for game violations deserve higher penalties. Instead of $125.00 how about $5,000.00? So, the next time you see a “NO HUNTING” sign, don’t blame the landowner, blame a slob hunter.
I feel sorry for most of these guys because they’ve probably never hunted without being in site of or earshot of vehicles or some other form of human interruption. I guess that’s good though, otherwise our backcountry wouldn’t be quite as beautiful, and the bears probably wouldn’t like how they taste.
We had four new hunters this week, normally we have return clients every week. Opening day of week 2 started out with a bang as one of our hunters took his first bull elk just minutes into the hunt. Elk continue to move back and forth across the river and we were fortunate to catch them on our side on this morning.
With weather still on the mild side and an abundance of food many elk continue to stay up high and bask in the sunshine. This has made predicting them very difficult. In addition, the local wolf pack continues to terrorize the herds often displacing them several miles in one night. However, we were still into elk every day of the hunt. As weather patterns begin to change and we head into more winter-like days food supply will dwindle and more elk will move on to the mountain. Our second week actually ended up being more successful than opening week.
Sneaking up on a herd of bedded elk is never easy. Many folks who don’t hunt think that the hunter has an advantage because he can shoot from 300 yards or more. This just isn’t the case. Elk in our country are on high alert all the time. The introduction of Canadian wolves has forced them to be ever-watchful. They have senses that are so much more suited to living in the wild than us two leggers. With large ears that can rotate and hear an unnatural sound miles away and noses that can whif a hunter from unbelieveable distances, it’s never an easy task.
Rick and Tom crawled around in wet snow and unfriendly Prickly Pears for nearly 6 hours until an opportunity presented itself. With a good rest and shooting confidence another bull was on the ground. The guide and hunter field dressed the animal and prepared it for the long, cold night, returning to dinner quite late, tired but feeling very good!
The hunting part can be tough, the shooting part is usually pretty easy, whereas the packing out part can have a whole new set of challenges.
It’s one thing to drive an ATV through a field and hook a rope around an animal, it’s another to cape, quarter and then safely pack 400 pounds of slippery critter on another animal, another animal that sometimes doesn’t feel like carrying anything. After some skiijouring and Mule skinning, and on-site therapy from Kirty…
the boys had it figured out and brought home some tasty chow and the hunter’s quarry. Again, everyone was feeling the hurt that a good elk hunt can provide. Len’s cooking as always helped everyone fall asleep early!
At this point, it seemed like things couldn’t get any better. As the boys headed up the hill again to retrieve another elk a new problem presented itself.
Most Mule deer taken on the ranch are down lower in the flats, however on this particular day one decided to show up in between the elk to be packed out and the hunters. It didn’t take long for them to decide how to save another trip up the mountain.
Tom made a good shot and downed the deer less than a hundred yards from where his elk lie-talk about efficiency in the field.
Fortunately for the pack crew they’d decided to bring Joker the mule out for the day. Joker has probably seen more elk country than all of us put together. This is his retirement season, after this year he’ll probably be getting brushed and loved on by some sweet little kid and not have to work too hard at all. He’s as fine a mule as they come and has been rumored to fend off both a Mountain lion and Wolf from his pals. We’re going to miss the fun Joker has provided over the years…we might just have to keep him!
With nearly all our tags filled the fun was far from over. Mark’s father Chuck had the lucky ticket in his pocket after allowing Mark to take his elk on opening day, just like most good Dads! Although in his mid-70′s, Chuck wasn’t slowing down a bit. Kirty and the hunters located some elk coming from the north down low at first light. Choosing not to take an easy shot in site of the road, they doubled back and looped on the elk catching them just at the base of the mountain. Chuck made a great shot and filled his elk tag, thus completing the hunting adventure for the week.
The week went by fast and as usual, there’s much more to tell, but we’ll save those stories for next week’s time around the dinner table. Even though all the hunters had filled their tags, the hunting wasn’t done for the week. Dan and I had improved our blow gun skills to the point that we’d each harvested two trophy mice in the lodge.
Thanks again to all the clients, guides and my wife Lennae for creating another unforgettable week of elk hunting adventure at Dome Mountain Ranch. Of course we’re looking forward to next week already! It sounds like mild weather, but that’s okay. We are trying to forget the winter we had last season.
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Opening day of rifle was quiet. Several Wolves did a good job of chasing Elk around but, it didn’t take long for Team Dome Mountain to located these wily critter. Everyone in camp had the opportunity to enjoy some of Montana’s finest elk country. Each day we saw hundreds of elk, though not standing tied to trees. It was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Elk hunting is like that…a crap shoot. This week had a lot of great memories and plenty of laughs and even involved a couple fair chase hunts with the aid of a drift boat.
Fall has definitely set in. We’ve put away the SPF99 in archery season (and, we really did call in a Giraffe!). The mountains that reach past the 8,000 foot mark aren’t purple anymore. The sun is low in the sky all day. The Aspens and Cottonwoods are brilliant yellows. While the weather has yet to really affect Elk patterns, it sure has effected the full box of “hot hands” we started with at the beginning of the week, there’s quite a few missing. (there’s a “pro-tip” for you…even though I’m not an official pro-staffer, these little things are life savers! We put them in our boots, our gloves, under our arms, and some other places too. They will keep you warm when you need to be! Besides, cuddling with your hunting partner just isn’t right.
The first elk taken was actually by a member of the “hunter-support team”. Although Warren and Edna initially rented their vehicle from Hertz, it was last spotted in the Rent-a-Wreck parking area at Bozeman airport. Edna took the ribbing well and held her own as she always does after a week of hunting with us. We think this may have had some effects on Warren’s vision since he kept saying there aren’t any elk here, in spite of the hundred or so that kept walking by him. (we have the video to prove it-click here!)…Warren told me ”he didn’t recognize the hunter in the video, so the jury is still out)
As with each passing week I continue to be most impressed by the guides and clients who have a passion for the style of old-school hunting we fight to maintain with not only ever moment afield, but literally every waking moment, and then some. However, it goes beyond the hunting and extends to other moments spent together. I am beginning to truly understand the meaning of camaraderie. And yes, I do get paid to have fun. I admit it.
With each passing season we seem to hunt more and more for the right reasons and all the extremely healthy benefits of the hunt, from start to finish. As a result, everyone seems to leave Dome Mountain with a new appreciation for what we have in the last of the really wild places, myself included. These things have a way of rubbin’ off on a lot of folks.
A week isn’t that much time to get to know people, but in hunting camp, there’s enough short-cuts that it’s worth telling the same joke for the past 15 years and people still thinking it’s funny…”WHAT WAS IN THAT BAG?”. Elk hunting is transparent. These are important things for any successful hunt. The hanging in there part, the lack of excuses and the personal responsibility required to even create an opportunity for oneself during an elk hunt are paramount to success and demonstrated in camp last week. Fact is, it’s so easy to have fun when we hunt even if hunting doesn’t sound like of easy fun.
Our first legal elk (no illegal elk are ever taken) of the rifle season was taken as a result of an ancient fair chase hunting technique long before Jerimiah Johnson floated down a river. Resident elk are a bit slower this year to move into their fall feeding patterns, the grass is pretty much greener everywhere, but elk are starting to get picky about dinner and don’t mind swimming the Yellowstone river in the dead of night to eat at the good places. The problem was these elk were heading back across the river just about 10 minutes before legal shooting light. When I first heard the suggestion of floating down the river, docking the boat, then sneaking up through the high grasses in an effort to cut off the elk I partly agreed to it because I thought it’d be a hoot to watch. As for how well it might work, I really wasn’t sure. I wish my raft could have been a part of this special ops move, but the boat made it more sporting. It worked well enough that we’ll probably be doing it again. This should explain why Dan has neoprene waders on in one of the photos.
After a couple of days we were getting into Elk everywhere from the benches to the flats which made each day even more exciting. Most mornings were fairly tough, but it didn’t take us long to capitalize on evening set up’s after putting elk to bed. We had several more controlled opportunities which brought great results.
Like most days in elk country there’s always something to be learned. Things like compensating correctly for up or down hill shots…or knowing what Horshrashdish sauce is before taking a big bite… to keep shooting even though we might think we’ve made the perfect shot…not eating so much of Len’s great dinner that we had to eat desert the hard way…and hanging in there until last light and then some continue to make the difference between hunting and shooting. In general, it’s all about keeping the faith and being prepared. I’m happy to say that everyone this week seemed to know what to expect and it showed.
Lots of folks continue to ask that question about “success rates”. Keep in mind that our area is a brow-tined bull only area, which means we can’t shoot cows or spikes. If we could, 100% success rates would probably be the norm, and we’d probably put a lot more meat on the table. Perhaps one day we’ll be able to make some changes to these non-scientific outdated rules in our area, but until then, we’ll keep doing our best.
Thanks again Warren, Edna, Allen, Pete (we sure miss Pepper!), Robert, Jerry and Marc for choosing us for your Elk hunting adventures. The past week was a true pleasure. We’ll look forward to sharing the mountain with you again real soon!
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JB Klyap, Outfitter #7843Categories: Booking an Elk Hunt, Client Testimonials, elk hunting outfitter, fair chase elk hunting, Hunter Ethics | Comments (0) | Permalink
If you’re new to a Guided Elk Hunt, remember there really aren’t any dumb questions; just the ones you forgot to ask. Deciding where and which Outfitter can be a daunting task if you rush it. You should start planning at least a year in advance. However, good outfitters will also find a way to make your hunt happen in a hurry if you’re not good at planning! Enjoy the information below and I sincerely hope it helps you find a hunt that’s right for you.
Some General questions you might have? What makes a good Outfitter? Is the outfitter full time, do they live there year round or is this just a part time gig between jobs? What about the guides-experience levels, personalities, physical condition, knowledge of game and the country you’ll hunt. What is a “typical day” like?
Keeping good notes is important, there’s nothing like showing up and meeting the wrong outfitter for the first time! If you don’t like viewing websites, print them out, make the call and take notes on the back of the print outs.
Success Rates-this has become a loaded question and should be treated as such. If your sole goal is to harvest an elk, then it would make sense to book with the outfitter with the highest success rate. However, always remember the difference between hunting and shooting. After all, would it really be a fun hunt if you knew it was a guarantee?
Use common sense, get it in writing, read it and insure it. If it feels “shady”, it probably is. Good Outfitters will offer all these things up front without hesitation.
Don’t pay someone for something they say they’ll do, pay someone for something based on what they’ve already done-seek experience. Outfitting continues to be one of the most highly personalized professions in the world. You’ll want to seek someone out who you know you’ll enjoy spending a week or more with regardless of t make sure you pick the one that’s right for you-this is where YOU have to put forth some honesty and integrity he end result.
There are some great outfitters and outfits out and there are also some folks who work for big business who think they’re Outfitters -always check with state agencies like the Montana Board of Outfitters and Guides (406-841-2304),. Don’t be afraid to check on their professional affiliations through like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (800-call elk).
References-what other vacation gives references? Again, Outfitters give you ever opportunity there is to call their bluff. Take advantage of it. Ask yourself, when is the last time you had the chance to talk to real people that you KNEW weren’t being paid about a product? CALL THEM! It’s important to find out what type of “hunters” the references are and if they’re abilities are comparable to yours. You might ask them their age, physical condition, how far they had to walk a day, how long in the saddle. How many other clients were hunting that week and most importantly, what did they think of the “opportunities” they had regardless of their success.
Make certain that the hunt you book is one that you can survive. Don’t kid yourself. While you might think it will sound good telling your buddies about your big back country adventure over at the country club, it’s also a hell of a way to die.
Even the best Outfitters will have a few spots open, especially since many clients have to wait until just a couple months prior to their hunt to get vacation time. Never trust rumors or most TV shows, trust the experts. These are Outfitters, Biologists, Backcountry Rangers, and references.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Believe it or not, most hunters are disappointed in their hunt because it wasn’t what they thought it would be. Make sure you pick a hunt that offers a great time even if you don’t end up with a world record animal on day one.
Be sure to surf around a search around here at the “Outfitter’s Journal”. Thanks for reading!
See You on the Mountain!
Jim “JB” Klyap, Outfitter #7843
With desperate urgency Joe confessed he’d never “gone” in the woods. I quickly gave him a crash course in backcountry restroom etiquette. Joe confidently returned minutes later with a smiling face and admitted to a “liberating experience”. With that I gave him a pat on the back and felt the soft lump between his shoulder blades. Joe hadn’t quite unbuttoned his bibs far enough and a new lesson was learned via the inconveniences of Elk hunting.
While there’s always lots of input on choosing good outfitters, what then makes a good client? Choose your hunt carefully, do your homework, call references. If you booked your hunt after a few beers at a sports show because you liked some guy’s hat, your mouth may have written a check your body can’t cash. Be certain you feel confident that the hunt you booked is one in which you’ll have a great time regardless of the end result, you should have no reservations and realistic expectations. There are never any guarantees.
Good clients prepare for their hunt by preparing well. There’s no special gadgetry that will help you become a better hunter, save your money and put it into yourself. If you don’t plan to get in shape, be honest with the outfitter and he may be able to accommodate, but if you can’t walk a few miles at 8,000 feet you might not be ready for a true fair-chase elk hunt.
Keep safety in mind at all times. You’d be surprised how many guides have had a loaded gun waived in their face, or heard the hiss and wallop of 300 grain bullets at the wrong end of the wallop. Any personal displays or lack of safety and respect for the hunt will have you feeling like a loner most of the week. Ask yourself, when’s the last time you’ve sat around the dinner table with 8 strangers who all had guns?
When it comes to the business of elk hunting, the customer isn’t always right. Let the guide do the thinking, you worry about the hunting and pay attention. A good guide will find a way to get in rhythm with your abilities and use both to your advantage. The only wrong way to hunt elk is not being out there. Don’t be that guy. A good rule of thumb is to mirror the actions of your guide in the field with each step and maintain a willing and positive attitude throughout your hunt. Give the guide a chance, his mind works differently than yours. Therefore, it’s not a bad idea to make sure you two get to know one another as soon as possible, long before you step foot on Elk dirt, because there might not be much time, things can happen during the first minute of your hunt, right up to the last tick of hunt commencement light. Expect to be humbled, but not outhunted. It’s not a competition.
“No Whiners” is still a common saying in Montana, however times have changed and some Outfitters will go to great lengths to make your hunt as “easy” as possible. In choosing an easy hunt, you might be robbing yourself of a great adventure. An in tune guide can read you, he won’t want to push you too hard, he wants you to have a good time. While there are some things an operation can’t control; a good client will at least give them the opportunity to correct the things they can.
Always remember to relax, don’t put pressure on yourself plan to go home with nothing more than memories, and don’t give up. As the hunt progresses your glass should become fuller. You’ll need to define your own idea of success or just plan to have a good time and enjoy the hunt; the rest will work itself out. Finally, when that opportunity presents itself, don’t miss it!Categories: Booking an Elk Hunt, Choosing between a rifle hunt or archery hunt, Client Testimonials, Controversial Issues, elk hunting outfitter, fair chase elk hunting, Hunter Ethics, Montana Elk Hunting, montana guided elk hunts, Montana Hunts | Comments (0) | Permalink
Our 2010 Elk season was about as perfect as it gets. With a solid guide crew and game in the sights every day for every hunter, who could complain? It definitely wasn’t easy putting elk in the freezer, but with hard working guides and clients who know how to prepare, success came more often than not.
One of the highlights of the season included not one, but two successful bulls on the ground for the newest television show of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. “Team Elk” is now showing on “OLN”. You won’t want to miss this one.
As with most seasons, we started off with mild weather and Elk still vocal. Patterning our resident Elk isn’t much of a chore until the shooting starts. While most of the Elk were on public lands on opening day, that soon changed. Nearly 400 Elk were pushed off the Dome Mountain Wildlife Refuge, which was set aside for the non-outfitted public. Unfortunately, a road traverses directly through this nearly 4,000 acre paradise. With roads come traffic. It was no surprise to us to see a couple vehicles driving right through Elk, which took away prime opportunities for those hunters willing to walk less than a mile. However unfortunate it was for them, it worked out fine for us. These Elk remained on the property for the remainder of the season. Our “low-impact” and non-motorized hunting style always pays big dividends.
We’ve been employing this same technique season after season, which is primarily why more elk end up on the ranch as the season progresses. Believe it or not, many folks have forgotten how to truly hunt fair chase with the sad implementation of ATV’s and other forms of obtrusive motorized hunting. Of course, by closing nearly all the ranch to motorized travel and allowing only foot or horseback access it becomes an Elk magnet. Each day brought a new level of excitement and challenge. Our hunters were well-prepared for the rugged terrain, unforgiving elements and overall challenges of hunting the wildest Elk in North America. In spite of all the negative press and rumors of “the wolves eating all our elk”, we still did pretty well as anyone can tell by all the smiles in the photos!During the first two weeks of the season weather didn’t play much of a role. Although our area is historically known for the great Yellowstone migrations, this really doesn’t happen much anymore. Most game are resident. Many Elk have left Yellowstone Park for areas with less predation. This becomes obvious via a drive through the once Elk-rich habitat of Lamar Valley. It’s more likely to see a wolf or bear here, whereas once elk herds in the thousands roamed. Again, we don’t mind a little help from the wolves, but the tourists will soon begin to ask “what happened to the rest of the wildlife?”. We’re looking forward to that answer.It’s been said that “Success is when preparation and oppportunity meet”. This is more true than many hunters know. If you’ve ever been on a Montana Elk Hunt, then you know it’s never easy, but it is always a good kind of hurt. We help our clients prepare via an inclusive amount of information from lesson’s learned in the past. Our emphasis on “realistic preparation” provides Elk hunters with the basics of in the field situations, thus upping their chances at success when an opportunity presents itself. Even though Montana’s average success rate for public hunters is less than 15%, we offer more than 3 times that success rate. This is exceptional, especially when one considers the wide variety of hunters we take, from couples, kids, the elderly and the not so well-prepared. Irregardless, Dome Mountain Ranch has found a way to offer opportunity for just about anyone willing to put in the time and pay attention.
WHAT MAKES DOME MOUNTAIN RANCH THE TOP CHOICE?
-100% Fair Chase Hunting & Ethics
-High Quality Guides and Professional Staff
-Ideal Elk Country
-High Success Rates
-Nearly 100% Opportunity
-No cutting corners
-High return client rate
-Commitment to the hunting industry
If you’re in the market for the hunt of a lifetime, or simply a lifetime of adventure, give us a call toll free 800-313-HUNT
“See You on the Mountain”-Outfitter JB KlyapCategories: Booking an Elk Hunt, Choosing between a rifle hunt or archery hunt, Client Testimonials, elk hunting outfitter, fair chase elk hunting, Hunter Ethics, Montana Elk Hunting, montana guided elk hunts | Comments (0) | Permalink
It’s been said that technology will eventually replace our natural instincts. Looking back over the past years I’d say it’s already happened. This is the time of year when we all should be starting to fine tune our skills. It doesn’t matter if we’re shooting a bow or a rifle. Our gear has already been checked, used and abused, tested and tried. Now we should start seeing our hunt unfold. If we’re not in shape, we’re sure thinking about it. If we don’t think we’ll have time to get there, we’re feeling guilty about it.
Rangefinders have become nearly a staple when it comes to big game hunting. Now that we have advanced equipment and statistics it’s important to know the difference between 23 yards and 31, 190 yards and 225 yards….or is it? Range finders should be implemented into your practice if you plan to use them during your hunt. This means, good batteries, smooth technique and a “system”.
The system should be physically using your range finder with each practice shot. In other words…drop to your knees, knock an arrow, range, range, ranger. Get ready. Same for rifle hunters. OR-use the range finder to practice your own distance identification. Stimulate you senses, sharpen your vision. Learn the differences. Either way, make it a routine!
See You on the Mountain
Outfitter JB Klyap
If you’ve drawn a Montana Elk Tag-call us toll free at 800-313-HUNT to lock in your hunt today-
Archery: September 24th-28th, 2011 and October 3rd-7th
Rifle: 11/12-11/16 and 11/23-11/27th 2011
Planning a guided elk hunt can be an overwhelming process. There’s so many questions that should be answered. The trick is selecting a hunt that’s right for you. A hunt that you’ll have a good time no matter what the end result. Believe it or not, success rates usually climb dramatically when a client chooses the right type of hunt.
We’ve got a strong track record here at Dome Mountain Ranch, not only regarding our success rates, but even more important to us is our return client rate. Many elk hunting clients view their hunt as a “once in a lifetime” adventure, that is until they’ve enjoy some time on the mountain with us.
In spite of all the negative publicity with the introduction of the wolves the fact remains that our elk hunting continues to be some of the best in the state, both with trophy class elk and quantity. Ask any of our clients and they’ll assure you that you’ll likely see elk everyday, but seeing elk, hunting elk and killing elk are all three different things. Over the years we’ve prided ourselves on not only making sure you’ve booked the right hunt, but in making certain that we give you the tools to prepare. In the end, it’s hard to go wrong. If you don’t believe me, give me a call and I’ll give you an endless list of references.
If you’re still pondering between doing it yourself or giving a top notch operation a try please give us a call, we don’t disappoint. Enjoy our website and we hope to share the mountain with you soon!
“See You on the Mountain!”
Outfitter JB Klyap