It’s not unusual for nearly half of these elk to end up on and around Dome Mountain Ranch due to its food sources and unique location. All of the private property is adjacent to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and the “Dome Mountain Wildlife Refuge,” which is a 4,000-plus-acre area set aside by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to offer a select breeding and wintering area for the northern Yellowstone elk herd. Our large area includes the 6,200 acres as well as permitted Forest Service lands.

“Hunting on Dome Mountain was the single greatest experience of my life. I have swam in the Great Barrier Reef, and gone down the canals of Florence, and nothing pumped my adrenaline more than taking a shot at a bull from 40 yards away on Dome Mountain.”
— Anonymous —

We believe that every day in elk country should create lasting memories. Our fair chase and practiced low-impact style of hunting means unique opportunities for even the most novice of hunters.

 

We will provide you with the latest preparation materials and place you in what our experience tells us are the best locations—from there the results of your hunt are in your hands. If you do all you can to prepare, there’s no doubt you’ll have a trip to remember forever.

 

Dome Mountain Ranch offers mature, professional hardworking guides, with nearby historic lodges and cabins to make your experience with us more than a hunt. Call us toll-free today at (800) 313-HUNT(4868). We will help you create an experience you will never forget.

“The staff was fantastic and the food was exceptional but most of all, thank you to the outfitter and guides for making my hunt successful! It felt like I was with family from the time I arrived till my departure! Thanks for an outstanding hunt!”
— JOHN B., 2015 —

Hunting Options

Dome Mountain Ranch has a few different hunt experiences to offer! If you’re looking for the rugged backcountry experience, we have our backcountry camp available where you hunt the National Forests and stay in a rugged, wall-tent camp setting. For those looking for a hot shower and a comfortable bed at the end of a long day of elk hunting, Dome Mountain Lodge is calling your name. During this hunt you will stay in one of our cozy cabins, enjoy your meals at our historic hunting lodge and hunt both the 6,200 acres and the National Forest lands around us.

 

Dome Mountain Ranch Lodge Hunt

Overview

Dome Mountain lodge has operated as the primo hunting lodge in Paradise Valley since 1955. The lodge offers eight rustic cabins, meals provided by our chef, dining room, satellite TV and a beautiful front porch to relax.

 

Rates & Availability

Lodge is offered yearly based around Montana hunting seasons for elk and mule Deer.

  • 6-Day Hunt for Elk: $6,000
  • Trophy Fee of Additional $1,500 for Mule Deer
  • 6-Day Black Bear Hunt: $3,000

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

A typical day starts out with a steamy cup of camp coffee and a hot breakfast. You will then get on horseback and start hunting. You can expect to be in the saddle for 30 minutes to three hours or more depending how the animals are moving. There are several glassing points throughout the The days start early and end late, hot, home-cooked meal at the lodge and a hot shower. These long days help to provide the best opportunity for your hunt experience.

 

Obtaining A License

Our hunting areas just require a general hunting license for the species you are hunting. There is a license application deadline of mid-March. This is not a guaranteed license—you must apply. You can apply and purchase a license online here. Our staff is here to assist you in this process at any time!

 

There is a $1,500 Trophy Fee available for a Mule Deer or White Tail

Backcountry Elk Hunting

Overview

In this experience, you will immerse yourself in complete wilderness. Dome Mountain is famous for our backcountry hunts which will push you to the limits physically and mentally. It will be an experience you never forget and potentially the chase of a lifetime.

 

Rates & Availability

Backcountry Hunts are offered yearly based around Montana hunting seasons for elk and mule deer.

  • 6-Day Hunt for Elk: $5,000

 

What to Expect

A typical day at our Backcountry camp starts early and ends late. At this camp, you are fortunate to be camping right in the heart of the wilderness, giving you more direct access to a hunting opportunity right from your tent door. This is a physically and mentally demanding hunt. You can expect to spend a lot of time in the saddle and hiking. The terrain is rocky and can be steep. After a full day of hunting, you will come back to camp to a hot meal and a toasty tent.

 

Obtaining a License

Our hunting areas just require a general hunting license for the species you are hunting. There is a license application deadline of mid-March. This is not a guaranteed license—you must apply. You can apply and purchase a license online here. Our staff is here to assist you in this process at any time!

Spring Black Bear Hunt

Overview

A hunting experience like no other, you have the chance to spot and stalk a bear on Dome Mountain Ranch. This is a highly thrilling hunt that includes patience and pursuit!

 

Rates & Availability

Black bear hunts are available both in the spring and the fall

  • 6-Day Hunt for Bear: $3,000

 

What to Expect

A typical day of bear hunting consists of a lot of glassing the mountainsides and covering some country. Patience and timing are everything! During this hunt, you will stay at our Alpine Vista house, located at 7,000 feet in elevation, and hunt the 5,200 private acres as well as the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness surrounding the private property.

 

Obtaining a License

Black bear licenses are available for purchase online here. Our staff is here to assist you in this process at any time!

Ryan Counts – Hunting Outfitter #18307