Question: What happens after the animal is killed?
Answer: After an animal is killed, myself or your guide will properly field dress, cape, and prepare the animal for extraction with minimal disturbance to surrounding area and wildlife. After the animal is successfully extracted, your guide or myself will deliver the meat to our local processer and if desired, deliver the cape and antlers to one of the best taxidermists in the area.
Question: What will the typical day out on a hunt look like?
Answer: A typical day with Banthem Outfitting starts with an early morning. Clients and guides wake up to a hearty breakfast prepared by our great cook before a day out in the mountains. We then gear up and head out for our morning hunt. After the game normally "beds up" late morning, we head down for a camp cooked lunch and possibly a nap. We then get together after refueling and getting some rest to get back out there for the afternoon/evening hunt. Once darkness sets in for the night we head back to camp for a home cooked dinner, a few stories and a good night sleep.
How do you Navigate the Land?
We use 4x4 pickups and
side-by-side utility vehicles to cover
a large amount of ground in a short amount of time. This is the second most used method of transportation, but it is important to note that most hunting is conducted on foot. In addition to foot and our utility vehicle, we also own livestock which is ONLY used for packing out game if needed. We have had scenarios in which we have used our livestock to pack out an elk due to the location of the kill making it hard to access on foot or side-by-side. Clients will not be required to know how to ride our horses in any situation.
Question: If I have certain food allergies, can my needs be catered to or should I pack my own food for the trip?
Answer: Our cook does a great job when catering to certain food allergies or intolerances. When arriving to camp, Banthem Outfitting has a "meal form" that is suggested for all clients to fill out that informs the cook of any food allergies or intolerances. Our cook also caters to individuals who dislike certain foods. That is why our meal plan is important to fill out. All clients are more than welcome to bring what food/beverages they would like to camp. Clients are not required to consume the provided food. It is very important to keep in mind that even when catering to food allergies or intolerances, our food is still cooked around all ingredients located within the kitchen.
Alcohol is allowed but not provided.
Question: I have heard many stories of hunters shooting animals as far as 1000 yards; will I be expected to be proficient shooting at that distance?
Answer: 1000 yards is a long distance. Banthem Outfitting really strives in our clients to bring a gun or bow that they are 100% confident in. We typically do not require shots to be fired more than 400 yards, and it is not in our ethics to just "wing" bullets at these animals at long distances. If it is an animal worth pursing, we will make that happen and try our best to get within 400 yards of the desired animal.
Question: I read though your list of items to bring is there anything you specifically do not want us to bring?
Answer: There are a few things we suggest not bringing to camp including:
Additional family members or friends without confirmation or arrangements
We also want to add that our guides bring a pack enabling them to be prepared for anything. With that being said, we suggest not packing everything that you can fit into your pack because that will just add unnecessary weight while hiking in the mountains resulting in discomfort. All clients are encouraged to bring whatever hunting gear they are comfortable with and would like to have with them but know our guides do bring what is most needed in the mountains.
Question: If I have difficulty understanding the tag/license process or hunting regulations, how do I get further information?
Answer: If www.fwp.mt.gov website does not answer your questions concerning your tag/license application, or you have any other questions regarding your hunt, please call the FWP office at 406-444-2535 or me, Jesse Banthem, owner/outfitter, at 406-224-2309.
Question: Do I tip my guide? How much?
Answer: We strongly encourage all clients to tip their guides and cook. The typical tip amount for the guide ranges from 10% to 15% of the hunt total per hunter. The cook’s tips are based solely off performance and taste which leaves this amount up to each hunter. Again, we encourage each hunter to tip both their guide and the cook because as we all know, hunting is not the easiest job let alone guiding.
Question: Can I be guaranteed to kill a trophy-sized animal for the price I am paying?
Answer: This is a "hunting" trip; Not a "killing" trip. So that means there is never a guarantee. Although we are not migration dependent, weather does play a role as well as client ability. Opportunity rates have ranged from 65%-95% in previous years in which clients have had the opportunity to kill 5 by 5 and better bulls. Our policy does state that if any client hits an animal which is to not be found, that client is done hunting. It is not in our vision to shoot at animals. We want this hunt to be worth the hunter's time and the animal's time meaning killing the animal is the only option. If wounded, we will do our best to track that animal down to finish what was started. To sum it up, Our goal is to consistently send clients home with a great experience and quality representatives of the species be pursued.
Trophy class elk and deer are located across our properties and harvested each and every year. However, no client is guaranteed to kill a trophy class animal let alone an animal in general. With hard work, time, and commitment, success rates do continue to increase. Banthem Outfitting supplies some of the best ranches and guides in the state of Montana, making your hunting opportunities even better.
Banthem Outfitting is focused on quality and not quantity. We only take a limited number of hunters each year to maintain the size and quality of our games herds. We do not rely on migration with these animals; they live on our property year after year and want to respect these animals and maintain their population in the best form possible.
Question: How does the price of this trip break down?
Answer: If you researched most other outfitting business's with elk hunts in the state of Montana or the rocky mountain west, prices will exceed ours when comparing the experience, land, determination and knowledge our group brings to the table and field. The price of your hunt covers the 6 days of hunting with a professional guide as well as the 3 meals and lodging provided each day. It also includes transportation and preparation of meat and trophies to processor and taxidermist. Our price DOES NOT include game processing, taxidermy, tags, guide gratuities, or personal transportation. It also DOES NOT include any personal gifts or gear you purchase while in Montana.
In the past, clients who drive do bring their own coolers which cuts down on the cost of processing the game because Banthem Outfitting will skin the animal as well as quarter it out to fit within your coolers for travel. You will be responsible for keeping the game meat safe from contamination or from becoming spoiled. We are a hands-on business so we will provide you with the best service when field dressing, capping, and preparing meat for transportation. If you fly, we encourage you to rent a car for the duration pf your trip.
Question: What is your success rate?
Answer: Opportunity rates on 5x5 bulls in past years have been no less than 65% and have been as high as 95%.
Opportunity rates on mule deer bucks in past years have been around 80%.