Montana is a top Buffalo (bison) hunting destination and
Bearpaw Outfitter's private buffalo ranches
offer some of the best bison hunting in Montana.
Buffalo is the name commonly used for these
beasts, but the proper name for them is actually
These buffalo graze in
a natural setting, roaming the same country
their ancestors roamed for centuries.
is very tasty on younger buffalo so younger
animals are what most meat hunters choose. Buffalo is low in fat and cholesterol and
considered one of the healthiest red meats you
can eat. Diabetics desiring lower cholesterol intake and
low fat dieters believe that eating buffalo meat
improves their health.
Mule Deer hunting,
Whitetail hunting, or
Prairie dog shooting
can easily be added to your buffalo hunt.
hunters, muzzleloader, sharps, large pistol, or
modern rifle hunters are welcome on our buffalo
hunts. Give Bearpaw Outfitters a
call, we'll explain the details and help arrange the best
guarantee an animal that meets your approval. If
you do not like the animal suggested by the
guide, you need to tell him before you shoot
that you do not want that animal. Once
you shoot, that is your animal. If you do not
shoot an animal you only pay $200.
Licenses & Hunter Ed
or Hunter Education is required for buffalo
hunting. If you plan to hunt other animals
consult with Bearpaw Outfitters regarding
additional licenses that may be needed. Hunter Ed
to hunt other animals if you were born
after Jan 1, 1985.
bulls, young bulls, cows, and yearlings are
offered. These huge animals usually
weigh anywhere from 450 to nearly 2000 pounds
depending on the age and sex of the animal that
you shoot. Cows and younger animals provide the best eating meat. Old
bulls have the largest horns but have tougher
Many record-class Buffalo (bison) have been
taken. We usually have buffalo of all sizes
available. Yearlings and old bulls are normally
the first to sell out each season. We do have a few huge bulls available for this
season, so don't wait, call now, these large bulls are not
available that often and are very hard to find.
Weapons & Shot Opportunity
Hunters may use any weapon they are proficient
with that's large enough to bring down a bison,
this includes rifles, bows, pistols, and black
Shot opportunity has been 100%. We can usually
get within 30 to 100 yards or less, so practice
at those distances.
We operate on a private ranches in Western Montana
less than 1 hour from Missoula and in Eastern
Montana about 1 1/2 hours drive from Billings, Montana.
How We Hunt
After animals are located, we
will glass the herd to locate the right animal
for you. Then
we'll make a careful approach with the vehicle
to get you safely within range for the shot!
Buffalo are unpredictable and have been known to charge
humans and vehicles, so hunters need to stay
in the vehicle for their own safety. When
we are within range you will get out to shoot
the animal. If you do not like the animal
suggested by the guide, you need to tell him
before you shoot that you do not want that
you shoot an animal it's your animal. Next, we'll wait for the herd
to move off for everyone's safety. Then we field
dress and load the animal and go to the
skinning area. Local cutting and wrapping is
available or we'll load
the carcass into your
vehicle for your return trip back home. Shipping
can be arranged if needed, but it's far cheaper
to transport your buffalo with you.
and Best Time
Although there is
no specific hunting season, most hunts occur
from September to March. The best
hides are taken from December to February when bison have the thickest winter hair.
We only offer guided hunts due to
the danger when hunting these giant animals.
Bearpaw Outfitters can arrange a hunt
for the size of animal that best suites your desires and budget.
people have asked about buying meat. Bearpaw Outfitters
will try to arrange purchase and delivery of a half or
whole buffalo. CALL
Most hunts take one day. Larger groups may need to plan 2 or 3 days for
their hunt. Overnight stay at the ranch house
with meals is available by prior appointment for
$100 per night for one or two persons.
Additional persons are $50 per night.
September and October may frost at
night, but days often warm up to 40 degrees or
more. Late October to February temps often
range from 0 to 40 degrees and snow is possible.
Check current weather forecasts on the
Montana Home Page before
leaving for your hunt.
Taxidermy and Meat
services are available locally for a fee or you
can transport your animal home. Local meat
processing is usually done in 1 or 2 days.
What’s Not Included
Taxidermy, meat processing, any necessary
licenses for other animals, gratuities, and any
other items not listed as being included. Bring
your personal gear, snacks, and drinks.
Call Dale or Tara at
(509) 684-6294 to ask questions or book a
hunt. Use the
to send a deposit by postal mail.
Be sure to sign up for the
Wild Update Newsletter so
hunt information and reminders of licensing
look forward to meeting and hunting with you,
Dale, Tara, & The Staff