Prairie Dog Shooting
Prairie dog shooting is great fun and probably the best
shooting activity a hunter can
do in during the off-season.
Montana is a top prairie dog hunting destination and
Bearpaw Outfitters private ranch
leases offer some of the best prairie dog
Unless you have done it before, you can't
imagine how much fun it is shooting prairie
Bearpaw Outfitters can offer shooters tips on long range shooting
and shooting in windy conditions. This is the perfect setting for
learning since there's plenty of repeat shooting. In only one or
two days, shooters can greatly enhance their shooting
I highly recommend bringing at least one center fire rifle, a .22
semi-auto rifle, a pistol, and black powder weapons or bows if you
own them. This is great practice, you are welcome to bring as many
different weapons as desired.
You will want to have at least 500 to 1000 rounds per day of ammunition
with you. If you are flying on airlines you may want to arrange for ammo
from our local sporting goods dealer, we have a special arrangement so
our shooters get 10% off all ammo. We also have special arrangements
for our shooters to purchase accessories like suppressors.
This is the fun part, there are thousands of prairie dogs, you can shoot
until you are tired of shooting. We generally shoot about 8 hours each day
unless hunters run out of ammo before then. This is great practice for
archers, pistols, primitive or modern rifles hunters, you are welcome to
bring as many different weapons as desired.
You are also welcome to shoot coyotes, fox, and skunks if seen and hunters are welcome to take
one badger if they want one to mount.
Licenses & Hunter Ed
No License or Hunter Education is required for prairie dog hunting.
The most effective method is to stay fairly mobile,
moving from place to place after shooting
numerous prairie dogs in each location.
Hunters should bring shooting bags, shooting
sticks, and bipods if you have them, and several
weapons each because barrels get hot.
We operate exclusively on
private property in Central and Eastern Montana. We currently have
thousands of acres of private ranch land with
numerous prairie dog towns for quality
and Best Time
There is no specific hunting season, prairie dogs,
badgers, fox, skunks, and coyotes can be shot year around. We offer prairie dog shooting
from mid May to mid August when the critters are most active.
We offer guided hunts for groups of up to 10 hunters, there are numerous
colonies to shoot so we can spread you out. The more people in your party,
the lower the cost per person. We only take one group at a time on the ranch,
your group will be the only group hunting when you are there. Call for
larger group rates. There's plenty of prairie dogs for everyone.
We stay in the homestead home on the property, it has a main floor,
basement, and loft, we can sleep up to 10 hunters by using cots in the
basement. The guide prepares basic meals that seem to satisfy most everyone.
Hunters who would prefer to stay at a motel in town and eat in restaurants
can drive to Miles City, it's about an hour from the ranch, and then meet us
each morning at the ranch.
In the summer weather is normally dry and hot, but the wind usually blows
enough to keep it comfortable. Check current weather forecasts on the
Montana Home Page
before leaving for your hunt.
What's Not Included
Guide gratuities, ammunition, travel to and from the hunt,
accommodations in town if desired, and any other items not
listed as being included. Bring your personal gear, light
sleeping bag, ammo, snacks, and drinks.
Call Dale or Tara at
(509) 684-6294 to ask questions book a
hunt. Use the
to send a deposit by postal mail. Be sure to sign up for the
Wild Update Newsletterso you
receive updated hunt information and reminders of licensing deadlines.
We look forward to meeting and hunting with you,
Dale, Tara, & The Staff