First rifle hunt in 2013 continued to be excellent. 9 hunters took 7 bulls and 2 cows. In 2012 all 8 hunters on the first gun hunt scored.  Here is a high adventure horseback elk hunt in the Snowcrest Mountain Range in southwestern Montana. This hunt has been high success past years, especially the first rifle hunt in mid-October when the bulls are still bugling.  The area holds resident elk and is not dependent on the migration. This is not considered a trophy hunt and the average bull taken is a 5-point.  Hunters normally spend their first and last night at the main lodge with private rooms and baths.  Hunters typically horseback to one of 2 tent camps that has been previously setup in the mountains.  Accommodations are wall tents and after an early breakfast you horseback out each day on this traditional style of horseback elk hunting.  5-day hunts guided 2x1 are priced at only $3,495. Archery hunts start early September for 3 weeks and rifle is normally mid-October to late November. Elk licenses have been leftover for this region so the draw has been 100 percent and price is $789. Airport pickup can be arranged in Bozeman or rent a car. First rifle hunts book quickly. Hunt EK775.