Rocky Mountain Elk
Our Sawtooth Outfitting territory is an elk hunter’s dream come true!
Elk Hunting is our specialty. Our Sawtooth outfitting territory is located in the Purcell Mountains, which are particularly renowned for heavy antlered Elk. This area has many remote basins and lush undergrowth, which provides an abundance of food and cover for the big bulls. Our guides are skilled at coaxing these bulls out into the open. Our Grizzly Basin area has more open avalanche slides and meadows where we hunt the bulls by glassing, calling and spot/stalk.
British Columbia is one of the few areas in North America where you can hunt Elk with a rifle during the rut. In 1998, the East Kootenay region was designated a 6 point or better Elk region. This fact, combined with proactive habitat restoration efforts, has resulted in our Elk populations reaching an all-time high, with many mature bulls available. The past several years have been the best on record for trophy Elk hunting in the East Kootenays, and we expect the next few to be the same or better.
Nonetheless, we take only 6-8 Elk hunters in each hunting territory per week to ensure a healthy population of mature bulls. And with over 350,000 acres in our territories, we have plenty of area to move around in search of your trophy bull. We use horses, ATV or 4X4 vehicles to get close, and then hike to access the back end of isolated river valleys that hold the big bulls. Our area has over 60 such valleys (anywhere from 3 to 14 miles long).
Most of our hunters combine their Elk hunt with the pursuit of black bear, mule deer and whitetail, which are included (apart from the tags) in the base price of the package. But you can also choose a packaged, longer hunt that includes Rocky Mountain Goat.