Among the first establishments in Big Sky, Buck’s T-4 began as a hunting lodge that was opened by Buck and Helen Knight in 1946. By setting up a sawmill on the property and skidding the timber by horseback , the Knights constructed the first buildings and opened for hunters at a rate of $12 a day for lodging, meals, a horse and a guide. In 1950, to appeal to a larger clientele, the Knights converted two of the cabins into the present lounge and bar. With Buck behind the plank and Helen in the kitchen, Buck’s T-4 became a favorite watering hole and eating establishment for locals, hunters and tourists headed for Yellowstone National Park.

During the initial construction phase of Chet Huntley’s Big Sky Resort, Buck and Helen retired and the sold the business to the Scholz family in 1972. Mike Scholz managed and expanded the business for the next 35 years. Under his ownership, Buck’s T-4 evolved into the full service lodging and entertainment property that it is today. In the 1970s, a dance hall, a new dining room and a game room were added. In 1980, the Lodge was completed. During the 1990s a new kitchen, a second dining room, hotel lobby and an additional 36 guest rooms were constructed. In 2004 and outdoor wedding garden was constructed to compliment Buck’s already popular wedding reception services.

Over time, Buck’s T-4 restaurant has evolved from a hunter’s simple fare to an acclaimed fine dining establishment and has been featured in many culinary and travel magazines. In 1999, Buck’s team of chefs led by today’s Director of Food and Beverage Chuck Schommer was invited to prepare a wild game dinner for the prestigious James Beard Foundation in New York City. The only Montana restaurant ever to accomplish this culinary tribute, Buck’s T-4 wine list has also been repeatedly honored by Wine Spectator as “one of the most outstanding wine lists in the world.”

From lodging to fine dining, Buck’s T-4 has been “A Big Sky Tradition” for over 60 years. Working together at Buck’s T-4 for over 20 years, Mike and Chuck invite you to come and join us for a “Uniquely Montana” experience down at Buck’s T-4 lodging and dining here in Big Sky, Montana.


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