Montana Antelope Hunting Trips
Archery Antelope Hunting: Archery hunters can hunt antelope during the early archery only season here in Montana. This runs from early September to early October. Early season is a good time to hunt antelope over water. However, with ample water running through our leases, this can be tough to narrow down which area is frequented the most. These antelope on our leases are a little more spread out due to the fact there are lots of places to feed and water. These antelope can cover several miles between days grazing throughout their home range. Rest assure you can find them, getting them within bow range requires a little more creativity. Which makes for a interesting hunt. Mid to late September can be a great time to go after these trophy antelope using decoys, blinds, and even tree stands. Yes, tree stands… We had a client harvest a Pope and Young antelope from a tree stand while using a decoy. Antelope observed in this area reach peak breeding around the 21st of September. We have areas where hunting them from a tree using a decoy can be very effective. These areas are in transition zones between irrigated alfalfa and the rolling sage hills that border them. We can also hunt them using a ground blind and placing it within these transition zones at key fence line/open gate crossings. There are several dynamite cattle gate openings that provide consistent travel between feeding areas. During the rut this is a sure way to get right in the heat of the action. Also utilizing a decoy to draw them into bow range is very effective at this time of the year. A range finder is very important while a quality pair of optics really helps.
Rifle Antelope Hunting: You will be hunting the same general areas for trophy mule deer where you will find the antelope on our leases. This option is very flexible for our hunters in giving them a chance to harvest a trophy antelope while hunting with us on combo hunts. Our trophy antelope hunters in the past have had very good success on 15“ + antelope.
License Information: It is well worth the effort in obtaining a Montana non-resident antelope tag through the draw. This process also applies to archery hunters interested in obtaining a 900-00 series statewide antelope tag. We are located in antelope hunting district 338 for antelope rifle hunters, this application must be sent in to Special licensing, FWP, 1420 east sixth avenue, PO box 8009, Helena, MT 59604-8009. Applications must be post marked and received no later than June 1st. From past application records, you have a 95% chance of getting drawn for an antelope tag in hunting district 338 for the firearm season. Cost of tag is around $205.00. For archery antelope hunters, a 900-00 series license can be applied for that allows you to hunt during the archery only early season (late August through early October), while also allowing hunters with this tag to hunt the firearm season with archery equipment only!
Again, this 900-00 series antelope archery tag is close to 100% draw and costs around $205.00. If you are not drawn for a archery/rifle antelope tag, you will receive a refund from Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks. You may contact Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks through this link http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/ for more information in applying for this tag.
DATES & RATES
7 Day Archery Trophy Antelope Hunt: $1,800.00
COMBO ARCHERY HUNT - 7 Day Archery Whitetail & Antelope Combo Hunt: $3,995.00
3 Day Rifle Trophy Antelope Hunt: $2,200.00
COMBO RIFLE HUNT - 7 Day Rifle Whitetail & Antelope Combo Hunt: $4,995.00
TYPICAL HUNT DATES:
Archery & all combination hunts are from Saturday to Saturday - Arrive Sat., Depart following Sat., hunt 6 days Sunday through Friday.
Rifle Antelope hunts are from Saturday to Wednesday - Arrive Sat., Depart Wed., hunt 3 days Sunday through Tuesday.
Hunt #1 First week in Sept.
Hunt #2 Second week in Sept.
Hunt #3 Third week in Sept. (RUT HUNT)
Hunt #4 Fourth week in Sept. (RUT HUNT)
Hunt #5 First week in Oct.
Hunt #6 Second week in Oct.
Hunt #7 Third week in Oct.
Hunt #8 Fourth week in Oct.
(Please check with us for the current dates set by Montana FWP)
* Prices include meals, lodging, and transportation pick-up/delivery to camp from Bozeman airport.
*All hunters, including bow hunters coming during the rifle/archery weeks must bring at least 400 square inches of orange to be worn at all times. (equivalent to a vest.)
**Best weeks to try an harvest a trophy antelope with archery equipment. September 21st is generally the peak of the rut for antelope where we are located here in Montana.