Other Hunting Opportunities
Montana Archery Black Bear
Montana has a Fall archery season for black
bears!. Our river bottom leases are full of choke cherries
during early Fall which really attracts and holds a lot of black
bears and have been increasing in numbers over the years. Some
having a color phase coat such as cinnamon or blond. The best
period to bowhunt them on our private leases is during
September through the first week in October. A lot of our
whitetail bowhunters in September through early October are
seeing bears from their tree stands, and a lot of them within
easy bow range! Most of the time, they are passing through as
they are nomadic in their travels. However, they are
usually on our leases consistently during archery season
after choke cherries and provide an excellent Montana trophy
if an opportunity presents itself! Hunters booking a hunt for
whitetail, mule deer, elk, or antelope can purchase a
bear tag as well and bowhunt them from tree stands or ground
blinds while pursuing other game animals. A perfect combo hunt
for whitetail bowhunters coming during September through the
first week in October is adding a archery black bear hunt for
a truly unique Montana bowhunting experience!. Please check
with Montana Whitetails, Inc. for the latest in bear hunting
seasons and regulations for our area as they change from time
Montana Fall black bear tags are over the
counter, however they must be bought before August 31st. In
addition, a bear identification test must be passed before
purchasing the black bear license. The test is basically
a black bear/Grizzly bear identification. A Montana black bear
identification test can be completed online, as well as the
purchase of your Montana black bear tag after completion
of the test through the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
website at http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/.
DATES AND RATES
Prices include meals, lodging, and transportation
pick-up/delivery to camp from Bozeman airport. A Montana
black bear license must be purchased by the hunter/client.
TYPICAL HUNT DATES:
Hunt #1 First week in Sept.
Hunt #2 Second week in Sept.
Hunt #3 Third week in Sept.
Hunt #4 Fourth week in Sept.
Hunt #5 First week in Oct.
Hunt #6 Second week in Oct.
7 Day Archery Black Bear/Whitetail Deer Combo Hunt:
( Please check with us for the
current dates set by Montana FWP)
Montana Shiras Moose Hunts
Shiras moose are the smallest of the four sub species found in North America. Montana produces some good trophy-class Shiras moose. Since the 1930's when records were first kept, 145 Montana moose have surpassed the Boone & Crockett minimum score of 155. That score is a combination of the width and length of the antler palm and the number of points on the edge of the antlers.
Since 2000, 19 moose have been recorded at or above the minimum score of 155. The largest male moose on record in Montana weighed 1,117 pounds.
Our river bottom consisting of thick willows and wet lands, is perfect habitat for these Shiras moose to call home. We have a resident moose population on our private river bottom leases with an average of 12-15 bulls seen each year.
You may apply for a moose tag after booking a whitetail deer, mule deer, or elk hunt with us. These moose are virtually
un-hunted and can often be seen while bow hunting. A trophy moose is not hard to come by, unfortunately, a non-resident moose tag is. However, if you are fortunate to draw a non-resident moose tag, and need a place to hunt for trophy Shiras moose, give us a call. We can provide you a wonderful experience on a relatively easy hunt. Moose season generally runs from mid September through the end of November with late September probably the best time to bow hunt. Montana’s moose application deadline is May 1st. More information plus a copy of the moose hunting regulations can be found on the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks website at
Prices include meals, lodging, and transportation pick-up/delivery to and from Bozeman airport. (moose tag must be provided by the hunter through the general draw.)
*Shiras Moose Trophy fee if successful on combo hunt:
*This hunt is only offered as an add-on hunt with whitetail deer
hunt, mule deer, or elk hunt. We do not offer just a
moose hunt alone.
Example: Moose Drawing odds
Big game hunters hold Montana's vigorous moose population in high regard. This year 23,461 hunters applied to be in the drawing for a moose license-21,467 of them resident and 1,994 nonresident hunters. From among this pool of applicants, only 587 hunters succeed in getting a license-575 residents and 12 nonresidents. That is 2.5 percent chance of drawing a moose tag.
Montana Trout Fishing
Montana offers some of the best trout fishing found anywhere in the country. We can offer some fantastic trout fishing to those who book a hunt with us. During midday or after your deer tags are filled, you can enjoy some fantastic trout fishing right here on the Shield’s River. Our lodge is situated within a stones throw away from some great fishing holes and only a short drive from many more. We strongly recommend catch and release of these native wild trout that choke these cold clear mountain waters. Cutthroats, Browns, Rainbow’s, and Brook trout are plentiful and a great way to break up your hunting vacation. A fishing license comes with your guaranteed Outfitter Sponsored
License. So if you enjoy trout fishing, bring your rod and experience some of the best wild trout waters in America.
Region 3 is also headwaters to some of the most renowned trout rivers in the U.S., including the Madison, Gallatin, Jefferson, Upper Missouri, Upper Yellowstone, Beaver Head, and Big Hole. These rivers can be fished while staying with us if you rent your own transportation at the airport. Then you can plan a day trip to fish one of these well known wild trout rivers during your
week stay at your own expense. You must provide your own maps or purchase them once you arrive here in Montana. This is not a service that is included in your hunt, but an opportunity to fish some of the best wild trout waters in the United States.
Montana Upland Bird
Once filling your Montana deer tag,
you can fine tune your sharp shooting skills on some of
Montana’s upland birds which can be found on our
leases. Hungarian Partridge can be found on several of
our ranches mostly sticking to small coulees choked with
cover, brush filled tree lines bordering open crop
fields, or sage covered transition areas. This is just
one other way to break up your hunting trip and enjoy
what the great state of Montana can offer to sportsmen.
Statewide season for hungarian partridge generally runs from September 1st through January 1st.
Bag Limits: 8 in aggregate daily, possession limit is four times the daily limit.
Means of Taking: Hungarian Partridge may be taken with a shotgun not larger than a ten gauge; or with a long, recurve or compound bow and arrow. All other means of taking are prohibited.
Statewide season for ring-necked pheasant generally runs from October 8th through January 1st.
Bag Limits: 3 cock pheasants daily. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.
Means of Taking: Pheasants may be taken with a shotgun not larger than a ten gauge; or with a long, recurve or compound bow and arrow. All other means of taking are prohibited.
Transporting Pheasants: It is unlawful to possess or transport within the state any pheasant unless one leg and foot are left naturally attached for evidence of sex. The leg and foot shall remain attached at all times while being transported from the place where taken until they have arrived at the permanent residence of the possessor.
Montana Prairie Dog Hunts
If you like to shoot prairie dogs, we
can offer our hunters plenty of private land to hunt,
where prairie dogs are living and multiplying. In
Montana, the prairie dog is not considered a game
animal. It is viewed as a pest. You are not required to
have a hunting license. There is no closed season on
private property. Certain government owned lands have
restricted hunting seasons. You are not required to wear
hunter's orange while in the field. You may use any
caliber gun to hunt prairie dogs. There are no bag
We can offer prairie dog hunts during
the Spring and Summer seasons on private ranches here in
Southwestern Montana. Typically, April through August
are great times to experience some fantastic action on
these private ranches! These hunts can be a
blast…literally! We'll provide the lodging, meals,
airport shuttle, and transportation during your prairie
dog hunting trip in Montana! Be prepared to shoot
sometimes, up to several hundred rounds a day. You
provide a gun/ammo. I suggest that your primary gun be a
bolt-action rifle and equipped with at least a 10x scope
for accuracy. A more powerful scope may be advantageous,
however above 12x you will want to use an adjustable
scope (for the closer shots). Shots can be as close as
40 yards out to 200+. The dogs we have here are
Richardson Ground Squirrels and are smaller in size than
the prairie dogs of South Dakota and other well known
dog hunting areas.
For close in shots the .17 &
.22LR are plenty. You may also want to use a 22LR
handgun for great sport on some shots. The distance you
are shooting and the wind conditions may be an issue
with these smaller calibers with lighter loads. But the
cost in ammunition burnt through the muzzle is a lot
more economical. The next step up in caliber that I'd
consider would be the .220 Swift. This load would handle
the intermediate ranges. For all around use and
flexibility, my favorite is the .223 (specifically the
55gr, ballistic tip). Limited recoil, accurate,
economical and effective. If you are looking to
"reach out" and touch a long-range target, you
might consider the 22.250 or.243 caliber. larger
calibers than the above fall into the heading of
"personal preference". Suffice to say, if you
like to shoot prairie dogs with a .308 or 30.06 round
… go for it.
Our 3 bedroom, 2 bath modern ranch home provides
comfortable lodging during your prairie dog hunts here
in Montana. A typical day will involve 6-8 hours of
shooting time with lunch provided at mid day.
Transportation to and from several ranches and thousands
of acres of dog hunting towns!...all inclusive prairie
dog hunts, you supply your own guns and ammo, we'll
provide the rest! Come enjoy this beautiful countryside
while taking part in some of the hottest action of the
PRAIRIE DOG DATES & RATES
May - July
(Rates include lodging, meals, airport shuttle, and
transportation to hunting grounds during your stay)
Montana Prairie Dog Hunts: $300.00/Person Per Day.
Minimum Two People