MT Buffalo Hunts
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 iconic beasts, but the proper name for them is actually Bison.
The meat is very tasty on all sizes of bison, but the cows and younger bulls are more
tender and what most meat hunters choose. Older bulls make the best trophies for
taxidermy and they taste good, but the meat is tougher you may want to consider grinding
a greater percentage of the meat. Buffalo meat is low in fat and cholesterol
and considered one of the healthiest red meats you can eat.
Mule Deer hunting,
Whitetail hunting, or
Prairie dog shooting can easily be added to your
buffalo hunt. Bow hunters, muzzleloader, sharps, large pistol, or modern rifle
hunters are welcome on our buffalo hunts. Give Bearpaw Outfitters a call, we'll
discuss the options and help arrange the best hunt possible.
We 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 $500.
Licenses & Hunter Ed
No License or Hunter Education is required for these bison hunts. If you plan to hunt
other animals consult with Bearpaw Outfitters regarding additional licenses that may
be needed and Hunter Ed is required to hunt other animals if you were born after Jan 1,
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 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