Sunday Creek Outfitters

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Montana Elk and Mule Deer Frequently Asked Questions

Sunday Creek Outfitters is here to answer any of your questions you may have about arranging your private ranch hunt of a lifetime in Montana for Elk, Mule Deer and Antelope!

Sunday Creek Outfitters Frequently Asked Questions

Sunday Creek Outfitters is here to answer any of your questions you may have about arranging your private ranch hunt of a lifetime in Montana for Elk, Mule Deer and Antelope!
Below we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions or are unsure of the answer, do not hesitate to call, we are here to provide you with the best experience possible!

Sunday Creek Outfitters Frequently Asked Questions

How do I go about getting my license?

Montana hunting licenses for elk and deer need to be applied for by March 15th of each year. The deadline to apply for an antelope license is June 1st of each year. We have a dedicated page to explaining license procedures you can visit by clicking here. New for 2012 Montana is offering Elk/Deer Special Permits. Application Deadline March 15th, 2012. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Paul at 406-581-2717 or 800-381-2743 at SCO and I will walk you through the process.

Which license do I apply for?

Apply for the General Big Game Deer and/or Elk licenses. Some areas require a special permit in order to hunt, if you have any questions it would be best to check with Paul before applying.

Can I hunt more than one species in one trip?

Sunday Creek Outfitters offer combination hunts for elk, deer and antelope. We have had hunters harvest all 3 species in one year and many have harvested a deer and elk on the same trip. The antelope draw is difficult, making it hard to include an antelope with much certainty; however we recommend that you apply and if drawn we will add a trophy antelope hunt for only $500. Although we have many success stories, in order to hunt our best private Montana ranches for deer and elk, a hunter should best be prepared to travel between the ranches.

How much is an average deposit to secure a hunt?

SCO requires a 50% deposit to secure a hunt, with the balance due by August 1. A payment schedule can be set up in order to accommodate our hunters.

What happens to my deposit if I don't draw a license?

Your full deposit will be refunded in the event you are not successful in drawing either a license or permit for the species you are booked to hunt or that deposit can be applied to a upcoming year.

What should I bring for clothing?

Archery season temps should be from 30 to 70 degrees. Bring light layers of waterproof clothing along with a good pair of lightweight hiking boots. September thru Mid-October rifle season temps could get rather cold, even possibly below zero. Again, bring layers of heavier clothing. Waterproof rain/snow gear along with insulated waterproof hiking boots is a must.

What caliber of rifle will I need?

Any high powered hunting rifle is adequate; the key is to make sure it is sighted in! Best to have the rifle sighted in, dead on at 200 yards. Know the ballistics of the rifle you are shooting to aid the guide in where to aim. It is not recommended to use a 22 caliber or smaller!

How good of a shot opportunity do you provide?

SCO has enjoyed a very high shot opportunity for deer, elk and antelope. The reason being we offer exclusive hunting on well-managed private Montana ranches.

What is the typical shot range with a bow or rifle?

Elk 200-300 yards
Deer 150-250 yards
Antelope 150-250 yards

Elk 30-50 yards
Deer 30-50 yards
Antelope 30-50 yards

Does Sunday Creek Outfitters use horses?

SCO does not hunt using horses! All of your hunts are from a 4 wheel drive vehicle, spot and stalk!

Should I bring a camera?


What type of lodging do you provide?

Sunday Creek Outfitters goal is to provide the best private ranches and hunting experience for our clients as possible. Our private ranches are focused on helping you harvest your game and typically do not provide accommodations. We have found it best to lodge our clients at comfortable centrally located hotels and have them make arrangements to eat at restaurants of their choosing. Many of our clients prefer to have their own room to retire to versus sharing a lodge with hunters they do not know. If you need help with arrangements for hotels feel free to contact us and we can help set you up with comfortable local accommodations.

Where is the nearest airport?

This depends on which hunt you have booked. Mule Deer/Antelope our hunts are conducted near Miles City, Montana. Most of our hunters fly into Billings, Montana (BIL) and rent a vehicle at the Billings airport, however there is flight directly into Miles City, which originates out of Billings Montana. For Elk the closest airport is Bozeman Montana (BZN) or Butte, Montana (BTM) depending on which ranch we are hunting. Most of our elk hunters plan on driving out so they can take their elk meat back home without the cost of shipping. Sunday Creek Outfitters will be more than happy to pick you up and drop you off at any nearby airport.

Can I drive to your area with a rental vehicle?

Yes, but we would recommend a 4 wheel or all wheel drive vehicle that would do good in the snow if we happened to have snow during your travels.

Do you provide airport pickup?

Something can be arranged, however most of our hunters rent a vehicle so that they can do some exploring while on their hunting trip.

What types of meals do you provide?

Most of our hunts do not include Breakfasts or Dinners-check to see if Breakfasts and Dinners are provide for in the hunt. We do provide a tailgate lunch consisting of your choice of lunchmeats, cheese and toppings for sandwiches. There is always a lot of snack items and please feel free to request your favorite items and drinks and we will make sure to include them. Most of the ranches do not have lodging or cooking facilities for our clients, so we allow clients to make arrangements at the local restaurants of their choosing.

Feel free to contact Sunday Creek for recommendations and more information on local restaurants!

Do I need to bring any of my own food?

Not unless you want special snacks.

Do you provide meals on a self guided hunt?


Are my children welcome on a hunt?

Yes SCO outfitters encourage all family members as long as it doesn't hamper your hunt. We encourage that you bring hunting age (12 years and older) to participate in a hunt.

Can I bring a non-hunter on my trip?

Yes, we encourage non-hunters to participate, especially spouses! In some cases a fee may apply.

What can my non-hunting spouse/children do in the area while I'm hunting?

Time usually doesn't allow to many activities other than hunting. Our primary goal is to help you harvest that animal you have come to hunt. We can recommend points of interest that are near by for anyone in your party not wanting to participate in the hunt

Do you provide Taxidermy service?

Sunday Creek Outfitters will deliver the horns and cape to a professional and reputable local taxidermist if a client wishes. Our meat processors will help by freezing the cape for transportation home.

Do you handle field cleaning of my game?

Sunday Creek Outfitters will field dress all game and deliver the game to a reputable meat processor and or taxidermist. Alternately we can help you prepare the trophy head to be taken home with you or shipped.

Do you handle processing and shipping of my game?

Sunday Creek Outfitters will field dress and deliver your animal to one of the reputable meat process in the area. We find these processors will do an excellent job for you.

General cost to process:
Antelope $50-$70
Deer $50-$70
Elk $250-$300

This does not include skinning or the making of jerky or sausage. Shipping can be very expensive to ship process meat home, because it usually has to be shipped next day. Jerky and sausage is less expensive because it doesn’t require to be shipped next day. Many of our clients are driving to Montana for their hunt in order to transport the meat back home. Most of the processors we work with are very accommodating and can have the meat ready to go in 1 or 2 days

Do you have group or corporate package discounts?

Yes call for rates. Rates depend on several factors, like size of group and species hunted!

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Sunday Creek Outfitters proudly worked with both the Wounded Warrior Project and the Catch-A-Dream programs. These hunts are made possible by MOGA's (Montana Outfitters and Guides Association) Big Hearts Under the Big Sky program.
As of 1/1/2012 this program has provided 23 hunts to disabled combat veterans & military service men and women (Wounded Warrior Project), kids with life threatening illnesses (Catch-A-Dream and Hunt of a Lifetime) and women who have or have had breast cancer and their families (Casting for Recovery).

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Important Montana License Info

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