Swan Mountain Outfitters provides guided hunts in Montana in several different areas throughout the Northwest. We offer: trophy mule deer hunts, trophy whitetail hunts, archery elk hunts, archery whitetail hunts, wilderness elk hunts, wilderness multi-weapon hunts, wilderness combination big game hunts, spring black bear, horseback hunts, lodge hunts, mountain lion hunts, moose hunts and goat hunts. Swan Mountain Outfitters is fortunate to have, based on our hunting permits, access to thousands of acres of the Flathead National Forest, in and around the famed Bob Marshall Wilderness. Hunting in western Montana takes place primarily on remote lands owned by the Flathead National Forest, the State of Montana, and private timber companies. Swan Mountain Outfitters has under permit hundreds of miles of public hunting ground being the only commercial Montana hunting outfitter with permits to hunt mule and whitetail deer, elk moose, goat and lions in this area.
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While this hunting area in Montana is open to resident hunters, few choose to pack in to the wilderness, which is accessible only by foot or horseback, giving us a rich stock of wildlife and hunting terrain.
At Swan Mountain Outfitters, we offer special “bring your son or daughter” rates where you receive 50% off the per person price for your son or daughter (age 25 or younger) when they accompany you on your hunting trip with Swan Mountain Outfitters. A great way to introduce them to this sport and a terrific value! We also offer 10% off to groups of four or more and to husband/wife teams that hunt together.
ELK AND COMBINATION HUNTS
We are a full service elk hunting guide outfit guiding hunts in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Swan Valley areas of Montana off of horseback. Our hunting areas support a number of elk herds, with trophy elk bulls taken frequently enough on our elk hunts. Our hunting areas also support ample populations of trophy whitetail deer, trophy mule deer and color phase black bear, increasing the chances of success across species. This terrain is more challenging to hunt elk in, no doubt, but we have had good luck in past years and expect that to continue in the future since our elk herds are in better shape today than they have been in thirty years!
MULE DEER HUNTS
With an abundance of trophy mule deer in this part of Montana, it is safe to say that mule deer is what we do best. We have high success rates on our guided mule deer hunts and for those deer hunters patient enough to pass up the numerous smaller bucks that they will see, trophy mule deer have been the rule rather than the exception. May no mistake, mountain mule deer are tough, and hunting them is even tougher, but for those that have the drive and physical ability to get up high, these hunts are remarkably rewarding.
WHITETAIL DEER HUNTS
For hunters interested in whitetail deer hunting, we have some super bucks and Boone and Crockett will confirm that the Flathead National Forest is one of the largest producers of trophy whitetail deer on public land in the country. We have a variety of choices to hunt Whitetails either in combination with other species or targeting whitetails specifically.
BLACK BEAR HUNTS
Black bears are plentiful in western Montana and are legal game. The Swan Valley has the highest population concentration, and produces the best color phased bears in the state. We hunt black bears in the spring exclusively and in the fall in combination with our other hunts, or as a stand alone hunt.
MOUNTAIN LION HUNTS
Lion Hunts are offered beginning in December and are run out of US Forest Service , Montana DNRC and private timber leased land in the Swan Valley as well as west of Kalispell. We utilize experience hounds men and dogs to “tree” cats. This is a unique experience and we have great cats. It will be necessary to apply for a special permit in either Hunting District (HD) 102, 103, 120 and 130, or you can buy a winter license and hunt HD 132.
CUSTOM AND PRIVATE HUNTS
We also offer mountain goat and moose hunts for those fortunate to draw special permits in our areas. We offer custom hunting and private trips for small groups. Just call us to discuss your needs.
Swan Mountain Outfitters operates our hunting trips under permits from the U.S. Forest Service and State of Montana DNRC. All hunts are conducted under the Outfitter’s License (#11300) of Patrick Tabor.