Testimonial – Norm Gruner

WOW!! When I contacted the references provided to me by MontanaElkHunting.com it sounded too good to be true. All of the hunters I contacted kept returning year after year because of the quality of the hunting experience. One on one guide to hunter ratio, guaranteed outfitter license and pick up and drop off at the airport were just some of the key factors in deciding to book with Kurt and Rebecca Puckett. After experiencing the wilderness hunt of a lifetime and the outstanding meals, accommodations and guide knowledge, I would recommend MontanaElkHunting.com to anyone looking for a GREAT HUNT! Oh, did I mention seeing over 40 elk and harvesting a 6X7 P&Y class bull? What a week!! Thanks to Kurt and my guide Trent Lister!!!

-Norm Gruner

Testimonial – Bruce

To Dennis and the Gang at MontanaElkHunting.com,

Just want to say THANKS for showing me the hunting time of my life! The week I spent bowhunting elk with you folks was fantastic. I saw more elk, and especially more BULLS than I’ve seen in 17 years combined of hunting in my home state, Oregon! Sorry I screwed up and missed so many shots before finally bagging that nice 4×5 bull on the last day.

The accommodations were very comfortable, the food was incredible, and thanks for putting me on that sure-footed, well-mannered horse. And your hunting area–BEAUTIFUL beyond description–and full of bugeling elk. Who would believe you could hunt a week without seeing any other hunters?

But the best part was my guide. He knew the country and guided me straight to the elk on almost every hunt. He didn’t complain (much!) when I’d blow an easy shot, but kept taking me straight to the elk day after day. On one afternoon hunt at the top of one ridge, and this is hard to believe, he called in FOUR bull elk one after the other in a space of less than 200 yards!! I’d have to say the guy was an elk hunting genius!

What’s the dates for next year’s hunt? I’m coming back as soon as I can!

Your friend, BRUCE

Testimonial – Ron Minard Malmstrom, AFB

“I’ve had the pleasure of hunting with MontanaElkHunting.com on three occasions.  I’ve taken two bulls and missed one. Montana Elk Hunting has knowledgeable guides, excellent food, and a great hunting area.  An excellent trip in beautiful country, loaded with a variety of wildlife such as moose, mountain goats, grizzlies and wolves.”

- Ron Minard Malmstrom AFB

Testimonial – Russ Schleeh Irvine, Ca.

“I have hunted with MontanaElkHunting.com for twenty seasons and have harvested seventeen elk.  The hunting camp is located in some of the finest elk hunting areas in Montana and is inhabited by both local and migratory elk from Yellowstone National Park.  MontanaElkHunting.com consistently work toward maintaining quality services.  They provide first rate equipment, comfortable accommodations, outstanding meals, good riding and pack horses and excellent guides who make every effort to satisfy every hunter.”

– Russ Schleeh Irvine, Ca.

Testimonial – Steve Tedford Fargo, ND

“I have been hunting with MontanaElkHunting.com for four years and have taken three bulls including one mature six point that grossed just over 300 points. MontanaElkHunting.com offers a challenging fair chase hunt in some of Montana’s best elk country. They also offer first class accommodations in camp including knowledgeable guides, great sleeping facilities, three good meals a day and excellent horses. I have and will continue to hunt with them for many years to come.”
- Steve Tedford Fargo, ND

Testimonial – Bill Strange


While most folks would likely rather forget their first attempts at elk hunting, mine was a resounding success. I was paired up with Trent Lister, a great guide who worked very well with the others in planning each day’s adventure. Another great match was Jake, a sure-footed, barrel-chested wilderness hunting horse, and yet gentle enough for my kids to ride. Trent’s efforts were particularly visible on the third day of the hunt, when his skill and hard work put me in a prime position to take a nice bull. A miscalculation on my part caused an embarrassing miss, but it was nonetheless a day to remember. He, along with each member of your team, was extremely supportive of the efforts and needs of all the hunters in camp. Your facilities were nothing short of amazing. Miles into the backcountry, your camp was a warm vision of home each night after a tiring hunt. Hot and cold running water, including a nice shower setup, tents heated with wood stoves, and meals I’d be grateful for even back at home. All in all, you are providing a memorable wilderness hunting experience. I certainly intend to be on your list for 2009, and I encourage you to use my name as a reference as you see fit.

Many thanks,
Bill Strange

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What “Stage” of Hunting Are You In?


When two professors studied more than 1,000 hunters in the 1970s, the results proved extremely thought-provoking. Patterns emerged that showed every hunter goes through five stages during their hunting career, with everything from their intentions to how they judge a successful hunt evolving.

This infographic from HuntingBoots.com shows what thought process is during each stage, and ultimately the evolution that every hunter goes through.

The research showed that not every hunter goes through each stage in the same order. It also showed that an individual might be in one stage for a particular type of game (say, duck hunting) and in a totally different stage for something else (like deer).

What’s your hunting story? It’s interesting to see where your hunting career might take you.

View the full infographic >>

With Turkey Season Arrives a New Hunter

Hunter and His DadI grew up in an itty-bitty town called Grayling in the upper part of lower Michigan. In Grayling we had the first day of deer season off from school so the boys could hunt with their fathers. The kill would be proudly displayed on the buck pole that arrived each fall. While I was not a hunter myself, it was absolutely normal to me.

I left Grayling when I was eighteen to attend college and I started inching my way south towards the big city of Detroit. After college I moved down to the Detroit suburbs to find a job and by all respects I became a city girl. But the roots that raised you stay strong and while I am a city girl, I found myself dating hunters and I ended up marrying an avid hunter.

When he proposed to me he gave me three things that would just “be” during our marriage. The most important was that he is a hunter and he will always be a hunter. I knew this going in and I was okay with it. I may not understand how to gut a deer and I don’t want to gut a deer, but I get why he does and why it is important to him. It is part of his core and who he is and it is part of why I love him.

Over the years he would anxiously await hunting season and he’d head off to “the property” or some other destination in search of that monster buck. He’s brought home a bear who is now located in my double story foyer and we are anxiously awaiting the huge elk that will be arriving any day from the local taxidermist. I didn’t love the idea of stuffed beasts in my house, but I accepted it. My husband, after all, was taught to hunt by his father at a young age and it is a part of him.

We have a five-year-old son named Hunter. He is named after my husband’s passion and has a middle name in honor of my husband’s father, who my husband lost well before we met. He is named after the man who taught my husband how to hunt. While we did not know if baby Hunter would like hunting, his name would honor the generations before him that loved nature and the thrill of the kill.

This year everything changed. Young Hunter decided he was going turkey hunting and announced this to his father. With much surprise my husband jumped up and watched as my son scrambled to locate his camo and other gear a five-year-old deems important for a day in the woods. Off they went to hunt turkeys and to bond in nature. Soon after they left my iPhone rings and it is my son. He announces he has done it! He killed a turkey. It was a “broken turkey”, but a turkey nonetheless. I asked that they send me a picture, but he told me it would have to wait because he is waiting for it to stop moving.

Really, this is my son? The boy who still carries around a stuffed cat and calls me “Fluffy”? Well, okay I thought. He is his father’s son and in there somewhere is the true “hunter” who has been obviously waiting to bust out. And out he came.


Soon my son arrived home to tell me all about his turkey hunting adventure. His was exhausted from adrenaline coming and going. But he had a story to tell and he had to express his aggravation in the fact that the turkey was not suitable for mounting. He would have to settle for feathers, which was not at all his goal.

It was as if my little boy changed in an instant. He went from snuggling with me to being a future man and a true hunter. He went from being my son to being his dad’s pal. I was thrilled with happiness and sadness all at the same time.

Dear Hunter, today is just the first of many hunting adventures. You’ve given your dad a great day to remember and somewhere up in heaven your grandfather is looking down smiling at the true hunter you have become. As your mother and as a city girl, I look forward to watching you mature and hearing about your future hunts.

As I watch you grow, I pledge to always listen to your hunting stories upon your return home. And most important, I will remain home with your beloved stuffed cat and wait for you to return from hunting the larger variety that stalks the grounds of Africa. For there is no doubt in my mind, that some day, you and your father will fulfill his goal of an African Safari hunt.

Now Booking Hunting 2013 Trips

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