Tim Linehan, MT

Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide located in Yaak, Montana.

Tim Linehan, MT

Overview

If you're a fan of serious upland bird hunting, this is an experience you should consider! This northwest corner of Montana consistently has good populations of what are referred to in the west as mountain grouse; ruffed, blue, and spruce - and LOC has over 100 square miles of hunting area permitted by the Kootenai National Forest. Since 1992 LOC has been guiding upland hunters here in the northwest corner of Montana.

Blue grouse, the largest of the three species are found in good numbers throughout the area. They frequent subalpine terrain featuring open ridgetops with stands of conifers, and feed on a variety of insects, berries, and plants. They are slate gray and camouflage well against their rocky environment.

Spruce grouse are found in healthy numbers and frequent deeper woods, thick coniferous areas, and feed on insects, clover, berries, and evergreen needles. They are darker than blue grouse and sometimes appear blue-black. Spruce grouse, while not considered strong flyers, are a lovely bird and make an interesting addition to the trophy room.

Ruffed grouse, though populations are cyclical by nature, are found in great numbers. They inhabit logged areas with ten to thirty year old regrowth, coniferous forest edges, alder and aspen groves and creek bottoms. They feed on insects, clover, berries and other plants, are mottled brown or gray and are especially strong flyers. It has been said many times that ruffed grouse are the king of the upland birds, and we agree. To that end we devote most of time in pursuit of these fine birds. There's nothing more satisfying than watching a dog flush or point a ruffed grouse and making a clean shot just before it disappears into the darkest cover.

Access to covers is via logging roads and terrain is moderate. To be sure the ground is uneven and covers can be thick but it's not uncommon on a good year to hunt hard all day and flush twenty or more birds.

As is the case with all upland hunting, solid, well-trained dogs add another dimension to the hunt. Personally we prefer flushing dogs and currently run golden retrievers. But pointers are great too and your dogs are welcome here at Linehan Outfitting Company.

The grouse season opens September 1st but we prefer to wait until the middle/end of September for our hunts when temperatures have started to cool and the foliage is beginning to drop.

Date Range

Mid-September through mid-October

What is Provided to Customer

We provide the lodging, daily guide, and dogs. But, know your dogs are welcome, too.

Region/Terrain Where You Hunt

Access to covers is via logging roads and terrain is moderate. To be sure the ground is uneven and covers can be thick but it's not uncommon on a good year to hunt hard all day and flush twenty or more birds. Typically we spend days at elevations between 3500-4500 feet.

As is the case with all upland hunting, solid, well-trained dogs add another dimension to the hunt. Personally we prefer flushing dogs and currently run golden retrievers. But pointers are great too and your dogs are welcome here at Linehan Outfitting Company.

Typical Weather by Season

Fall is a great time of year here in the Northwest corner of Montana! Daytime temps can reach the low 70's and nighttime temps can dip down into the 30's. Typically the skies are blue and the air is crisp. But keep in mind to always bring good rain/foul weather gear and good boots.

Species

Species You Hunt by Season

Ruffed, blue, and spruce grouse (typically called mountain grouse here in the west).

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?

The weather here in Yaak, Montana in late September and October is generally still stable. Daytime temperatures are likely to be in the 60’s with nights in the low 40s. Frost or at least dew is very common in the mornings and usually it’s best to start the day by layering your clothing. Chamois shirt and fleece coat or vest is often the standard morning wear. Throughout the day just a chamois shirt (or comparable item) usually suffices. Nights are cool and long sleeve shirts and fleece jackets work well. Unfortunately sometimes it rains.

  • Leather, ankle high with good support upland hunting boots or similar hiking boots (preferably Gore-Tex)
  • Shotgun (12, 20, 16, 28 are all appropriate)
  • Shotgun shells (can be supplied if requested)
  • Hunting pants (reinforced, water repellent front panels are best but Carhartts work fine, too
  • Fleece jacket
  • Good quality Gore-Tex raingear (jacket and pants)
  • Blaze orange bird hunting vest with game pouch and shell pockets
  • Blaze orange ball cap or other blaze orange headgear
  • Shooting gloves (any variety will do)
  • Shotgun cleaning kit

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is the daily bag limit?
A. Daily bag limit is three birds.

Q. Where is the closest airport?
A. The closest airport is Spokane, WA and we do not provide airport transportation. Rental cars are necessary and drive time to our operation is three hours.

Q. Do I need to buy anything upon arrival for the cabin?
A. Our cabins are full equipped. All you need to do is stop at a grocery store on the over and get the groceries you need for breakfast and dinner. We cover lunch in the field.

Q. What gauges are appropriate with open chokes?
A. 28, 20, 26, 12 gauge are all appropriate with open chokes.

Q. Where can you buy equipment and supplies?
A. Staples can be bought at the Yaak Mercantile store five miles from our cabins. Otherwise, Troy and Libby Montana are each about an hour away and all supplies including ammo, boots, etc can be found in either town. Local taxidermist is available.

Reviews

Tim Linehan
Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide
Linehan Outfitting Company
35309 Yaak River Road
Yaak, MT 59935
800-596-0034

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