Elk Creek Outfitting LLC

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Elk Creek Outfitting, LLC



Rated 1.5 out of 5.0 based on 11 Outfitter reviews.

Contact: Brent Fitchett

Location: Heron, Montana

Species Hunted: Whitetail Deer, Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear, Bighorn Sheep, Bison, Rocky Mountain Goat, Turkey, Mountain Lion

State(s) Hunted: MT

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Submitted by: George Ravagni

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Review Submitted: Dec 17, 2016

Hunt Date: Nov 11, 2016

Species Hunted: Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer

Days Hunted: 6

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Mountain

Method: Rifle

Price Range: 4000-4999

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did not met expectations Hunting pressure in the guides area, met expectations?

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Rifle hunt

The terrain was real steep. Did not see any Elk within 200yds. Weather was bad but way too many people in camp over 24 a lot of trucks and hunters around. Lodge was nice food ok but not served home style. Camps were ok not great expected a little better accommodation's. Guide worked very hard but they wanted us to take shots way too far out over 500yds not that we had a chance anyways. Terrain is tough to get close to Elk, plenty of Whitetail around though. No elk were shot all week and only a few average whitetails. Weather did play a part rained hard for three days. Saw over a hundred whitetails passed on a few 8 pointers waiting for a big one.


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Submitted by: Lonnie Chapin

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Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2015

Hunt Date: Nov 6, 2015

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Days Hunted: 4

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Mountain

Method: Rifle

Price Range: 2000-2999

did not met expectations Number of animals seen, met expectations?

did not met expectations Size of animals seen, met expections?

did not met expectations Hunting pressure in the guides area, met expectations?

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Guided Deer hunt

We stayed at the East Lodge in Hot Spings MT with Clint. I booked the trip with Brent in Heron MT but was told we will be hunting out of the East Lodge. Didn't know they are over 100 miles apart. Clint is Brent's brother. Everything was very good EXCEPT for the hunting. The guides, lodge & food all where very good & the people are very nice. However the hunting is hard all MT forest. No private land like the web site says. We hiked over 30 miles & glassed hundreds of acers & drove for hours in the truck. We saw very little wildlife. Few whitetail does. That is bad for the $$ and the amount of land you cover. I did take a small 8 point whitetail and that was just by luck. My brother spotted 2 bucks while we were driving in the truck. I would suggest eastern MT on private land. I hunted there in 2007 with Mike Niles. We saw hundreds of deer there & I took nice 9 pointer. 8 other hunters looking for Elk they had no luck. Very little wildlife for the amount of land. I will not go back.


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Submitted by: Thomas Robbins

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Review Submitted: Dec 12, 2012

Hunt Date: Nov 17, 2012

Species Hunted: Elk

Days Hunted: 6

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Mountain

Method: Rifle

Price Range: 3000-3999

did not met expectations Number of animals seen, met expectations?

met expectations Size of animals seen, met expections?

did not met expectations Hunting pressure in the guides area, met expectations?

did not met expectations Would you hunt with this Guide again?

elk hunt

did not like the way we were just taxid around


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Submitted by: Peter Vonu

Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2010

Hunt Date: Sep 23, 2010

Species Hunted: Elk

Days Hunted: 6

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Mountain

Method: Bow

Price Range: 3000-3999

did not met expectations Number of animals seen, met expectations?

did not met expectations Size of animals seen, met expections?

met expectations Hunting pressure in the guides area, met expectations?

did not met expectations Would you hunt with this Guide again?

Elk Creek outfitters

Long rides to hunting area because most senior guides got closest areas. Rides were 1-1.5h to and from every day. I paid for 1-1 guide and ended up with a very helpful individual who frankly said that he has never had a successful elk hunt personally or with a client. I would have rather been told that we are overbooked don't come. I did not see an elk. Other people had multiple opportunities.


note: The following reviews predate the numeric rating system and are not included in this outfitter's overall rating.



outfitter review submitted by: John Ludwig on Feb 29 2008

Species Hunted: elk, bear

Game Quality: good

Accommodation Quality: good

Camp Condition: good

Food Quality: good and getting better

Guide Experience: great

Other Personal Experience: good

Overall Impression: great

Recommend: definitely

Reviewer Comments: Tough country, real hunting. You earn what you get. Hard working guides, 90% very experienced. Nice lodge and food. Great value, half the price of New Mexico. Got a nice black bear in May 07 and 4x5 archery elk in Sept 07. Third yr of elk hunting there, close calls most days. Get in shape! Better deer in rifle season. Good cabins. Bugling Bob is the best!



outfitter review submitted by: Steve Carbone on Mar 30 2007

Species Hunted: ELK and Mule Deer

Game Quality: SAW NONE

Accommodation Quality: Very Good

Camp Condition: Good

Food Quality: Very Good

Guide Experience: 2 plus years, our guide

Other Personal Experience: Very little contact

Overall Impression: Poor

Recommend: NO!

Reviewer Comments: I went with my brother-in-law and it was first time we went west to hunt Elk. We were given a guide with 2 years experience and the worst hunting area. It looked like they took care of the return hunters. and left the new guys to fend for themselves. It was the worst trip I have taken. I saw one Mule deer the enitre week (very small) and five cow Elk on the first moring of the hunt. During the week I hunted only three elk were taken, all by return hunters and two Mule deer.



outfitter review submitted by: Ralph Koechert on Dec 7 2005

Species Hunted: Elk/deer

Game Quality: Good

Accommodation Quality: Excellent

Camp Condition: Excellent

Food Quality: Good

Guide Experience: all had 10 yrs +

Other Personal Experience: very good

Overall Impression: excellent

Recommend: Defintely

Reviewer Comments: My son took a real nice mulie. I shot a nice 5x5 elk on the last day of the hunt. The elk ranged from 6x7 to a 3x3. None monsters but nice animals. Several great mulies and whitetail. Went the week before Thanksgiving and the deer were in rut. Outfitter recommends coming during archery or first 2 weeks of rifle to get a chance at the really big boys. However the deer are harder to get that early. Very hard country to hunt. Very steep terrain. Mostly glassin clearcuts. Very good outfit. Everyone very nice and knowledgeable. We hope to get back with them.



outfitter review submitted by: Harry Surprenant on Aug 3 2004

Species Hunted: Elk/Deer

Game Quality: Fair

Accommodation Quality: Excellent

Camp Condition: Excellent

Food Quality: Excellent

Guide Experience: Fair

Other Personal Experience: Good

Overall Impression: Good

Recommend: Depends on what you want

Reviewer Comments: I went to Elk Creek for a Combo Elk/Deer hunt. The lodge at Elk Creek is beautiful and the accommodations are excellent. My hunt was a 2 on 1 hunt. I was paired with a hunter who was on his 4th trip to Elk Creek. On the first day , the first 15 minutes of the hunt I shot a nice 4x4 mulie that the other hunter and guide had overlooked.(spot and stalk) The country in Montana is gorgeous but you had better be in great shape for this hunt or you wont enjoy it as much. I had a really good time...however I was disappointed with the effort that was put forth by my guide to put me close to an elk the remainder of the week. Especially the last evening , when he put me in a stand behind Brents house for Elk and there was another hunter right behind me blasting at a spike deer. I just felt like he took the easy way out. He could have brought me where we had at least seen Elk earlier that week. But that's the problem when you book a 2x1 hunt. I spent the majority of the week hunting alone while the guide was trying to get the other hunter a deer. I would love to return to Elk Creek and try again. This time I would book a 1x1 hunt and hope for a more experienced guide.



outfitter review submitted by: David Williams on Jun 12 2001

Species Hunted: Elk & mule deer

Game Quality: Hardly any seen

Accommodation Quality: Excellent

Camp Condition: Excellent

Food Quality: Excellent

Guide Experience: What went wrong

Other Personal Experience: Excellent

Overall Impression: Waste of time & money

Recommend: No

Reviewer Comments: The lodge, accommodations and food were really good. The staff was friendly. The hunting location appeared good w/plenty of land, some tracks and signs w/o bumping into other hunters. The guiding and results, however, left something out. Out of 15 hunters only 2 mule deer were taken. Considering everyone had a combo elk/mule deer license (30 potential kills) that's less than a 7% success ratio. To be fair, of our 15 hunters, 5 were no where near in shape for this hunting location, so with taking them out of the equation (20 potential kills) the success ratio would rise to 10%. From what we heard, the previous week also had 15 hunters' with 5 animals taken. Using the same analysis of 10 "in shape hunters" (20 potential kills) that's a 25% success ratio. I found myself doubting the guides and seemly doing a lot of endless walking trips without seeing any game. Even one of the other hunters at diner, in front of many hunters & guides, said out loud (what many of us were also thinking) "it's time for the guides to quit seeing all sorts of game and for the hunters to start having the opportunity to shoot game". You see at the end of virtually every hunting day the guides would tell the camp of all the game they saw, but for some reason the hunters were just some how missing out on seeing. I never saw a legal elk (my total sightings were 2 spike bulls and 2 cows) and I never saw a mule deer or whitetail deer. Like I said at the beginning of this comment "the hunting location appeared good w/plenty of land and some tracks and signs", I just find it hard to believe the outfitter/guides did not change the hunting strategy or locations to get a little better production. FYI....keep in mind when hunting in the NW corner of Montana, the brochures say it is a difficult hunt and all hunters should be in shape. I am in decent shape for 44 (workout more, than less), but I must admit it was physically more difficult than anticipated.



outfitter review submitted by: TODD COLLINS on Feb 9 2001

Species Hunted: ELK

Game Quality: EXCELLENT

Accommodation Quality: EXCELLENT

Camp Condition: EXCELLENT

Food Quality: EXCELLENT

Guide Experience: GOOD

Other Personal Experience: EXCELELNT

Overall Impression: GOOD

Recommend: DEFINATELY

Reviewer Comments: BRENT PUTS ON A CLASS ARCHERY ELK HUNT DURING THE BUGLING SEASON. TERRAIN IS TUFF AND ELK CAN BE HARD TO GET ON. HIS GUIDES WORK HARD TO GET THE HUNTER IN POSITION. I SHOT A 5X6 ELK WHILE HUNTING WITH HIM. I WAS THE ONLY HUNTER WHO TAGGED A BULL THE WEEK I WAS IN CAMP. HOWEVER, ALL OTHER HUNTERS HAD SHOOTING - SOME MISSED, SOME HIT. A COUPLE OF THE GUIDES WERE LESS EXPERIENCED THAN OTHERS AND HAD A HARDER TIME FINDING THE GAME. BRENT IS VERY HONEST WITH HIS HUNTERS AND WILL DO ALL HE CAN TO ENSURE A GOOD EXPERIENCE. THE BULLS IN THE AREA ARE BIG BUT THE AREA THEY HAVE TO COVER CAN MAKE SIGHTINGS DIFFICULT ON SOME DAYS.

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