Good people in God's country make for great experiences. This was a great experience.
Fantastic camp, great horses, knowledgeable hosts. Paul's operation is family run with three generations in camp. We loved that. And for a remote wall tent camp there were many creature comforts not expected. Go 7-days on most backcountry elk hunts and you'll have a newfound appreciation for grandpa's cooking and Beaver
Creek's heated shower tent. Jeff, our guide, was the consummate bowhunter. Obsessed with scent control, wind direction, calling strategy - the details required to make it happen with a stick and string.
My cousin and I had many requirements before choosing an outfitter. Montana was priority one. Others were that it be a pack-in horseback hunt, wall tent camp on public land. We wanted an area with a good population of animals but we weren't overly concerned with the trophy potential. We're flatlanders and we wanted to see elk. If you count morning and evenings, we had a total of 12 hunts. We saw elk on 11 of them.
This hunt is no picnic. Lots of riding and it can be as strenuous as you're willing to make it. But it is most definitely authentic. The trip alone was well worth the
money. To also harvest this amazing creature was more than I could have ever dreamed of. Just before I drew I remember thinking this is really going to happen.
Then he let out a final deep, raspy bugle that is hard to describe. That sight, that sound – it'll change you forever.
"I hunted with Beaver Creek Outfitters the second week in November. I had never been on a guided hunt before and I must say it was everything I expected and more. The livestock was excellent. The food was better than home. I saw game (elk and mule deer) every day I was there. I hope to go back and I would recommend booking a hunt with Paul. You'll get your money's worth."
"My memory of my hunt with you is almost as good as the days I spent with you. My Montana elk is on the wall just inside my front door and I get to see it every day. Hope to see you again sometime in the future."
"I know I was fortunate to be in the mountains when the weather was perfect and the game was moving about, but I also appreciate all the work you and Dean put into making my trip as memorable as it turned out. I couldn't ask for better food or accommodations, and I know if other hunters had gotten the same weather conditions, they would have had equally successful hunts. As I told you on arrival in Montana, I only hoped to see game and get a shot for me to consider my hunt successful. "
"The week I spent with you far exceeded any expectations I had. To shoot a 6x5 elk on the first day in the camp was a foretaste of the week to follow, and shooting a nice mule deer Thursday topped off the week. By my count in the journal I kept, I saw over 300 head of elk during the week, and over 100 mule deer. At least ten of the elk I saw were legal bulls, several of which were branch antlered, and at least one of those was larger than the one I killed. I will certainly recommend you to my friends and family, and hope to be able to return and hunt with you again."
"This was my first Elk hunt and I had a great time. Beaver Creek, Outfitters was a first class operation. The food was outstanding as was the service shown to the clients. The outfitter, guides and the cook went out of their way to give everybody a great hunt. The whole crew was friendly and sociable, there was a lot of good natured ribbing. I hunted the last week of November and we saw game everyday. I took a 6x5 Elk and a 4x4 Mule Deer on the third full day of the hunt. The animals were taken within a two hour period. For a first hunt this was one hell of a start. I only hope its not my last. I would highly recommend this hunt. I hope to hunt with Paul again someday."
Frank E. Kosloski
"Special. That's the word that comes to mind every time I think of the times we've hunted together over the past twenty years. I feel very privileged to have been the first person to hunt with you when you began to outfit and guide. You've always been more than an outfitter or guide, you've been a friend. No matter what happens that makes each trip worth while. Never have I been disappointed. In fact, in the five times I've hunted with you each hunt has been better than the previous. Each time I come you have made it easier and more enjoyable to hunt and find game. The food has always been exceptional. Everyone went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our hunt and had all the supplies necessary to be comfortable and successful on our hunt. Especially was I impressed with the amount of game seen on this hunt. The deer I shot was the largest I've ever killed. He will definitely wind up on a wall in my study for others to see. The thing which impressed me was the number of large racks we saw during the week that may have been larger. Thanks for an exceptional hunt and for your friendship. We will be back and hope to have a group which will fill the camp for a week."
Jimmy W. Holloway
Concerning the second hunt
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the recent hunt out of your camp. The first two days we were there, I was beginning to wonder if there were any elk or deer in the area, but when the snow came, it was a different story. It was not you or your guides fault that I didn't collect one of the biggest elk I have ever seen on Friday morning, it was the fault of the wind (40 to 50 mph) and the blizzard that hit just as we found the herd. I got to blame it on something. I know there were at least three bulls in it, and could've been more, because we couldn't see very well, with all the snow blowing.
I will have to give your two new guides up there, Andrew and Jay, my congratulations and thanks. They worked hard for the guys, knew the area well, and did an excellent job for us. I hunted with Andrew one morning on a steep snowy hillside and found that he knew what he was doing, how to do it, and took good care of me along the way. And Jay did the same on the last morning, Friday, when we got into the big herd. But my primary guide, Gregg, was a pleasure to be with the whole week we were there. He is knowledgeable about the country, does an excellent job of looking after an old man like me, and I really appreciated that, and told him so. He is an excellent person as well as a good guide."
Contact us at: Paul Ritchey, 606 E Montana St., Lewistown, MT 59457