Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide located near Glasgow, Montana.

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Chad Hoover

Hoover Outfitting Inc.


Phone icon406-490-6864 Email iconchad@hooveroutfitting.com Link iconhooveroutfitting.com
PO Box 532
Whitehall, MT 59759

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The Story

Enlist the help of Orvis-endorsed wingshooting guide Chad Hoover on your hunting trip to Montana. Hoover Outfitting operates in the far northeastern reaches of the state; this area is the last frontier, and it is all prairie. The birds are wild and the habitat is both rich and expansive.

The prairie cover in northeast Montana is host to snow berries, buffalo berries, assorted terrestrials, and wheat. All of these food sources in turn provide our birds with ample nourishment.

Hoover Outfitting concentrates on sharp-tailed grouse first and foremost, but guests also pursue Hungarian partridge. Our guides are enthusiastic and driven outdoorsmen who maintain an intimate knowledge of the local terrain and wildlife.

Our dogs are well-trained and of the finest pedigree. Year-round exposure to wild birds and wild places makes our dogs at home in the field. We hunt both pointing dogs and flushers. Experience Hoover Outfitting: a rare opportunity to hunt wild birds on one of the last untouched expanses of prairie wilderness in existence today.

Season:

Hoover Outfitting hunts upland birds in September and October. Sharptails are in family coveys in September, then mature into larger, more watchful groups in late October.

Hungarian partridge are regularly found near abandoned structures in September and October. They often feed in harvested fields.

Species:

Native Sharp-tailed grouse are the most prolific species in the area. They are followed by Hungarian partridge and ring-necked pheasant. There is a small population of sage grouse but they are not common.

Region/Terrain:

Northeast Montana upland areas consist of mixed-grass prairie, rolling grassland, and stubble fields. The hiking terrain is a moderate grade with occasional hills. Irrigated lowlands and river corridors contain alfalfa fields and brushy creek bottoms.

Typical Weather:

September is generally warm. It is common for days to reach mid 70s F and warmer. October is mild with many days in the mid 60s F.

Rates:

Rates start from: $2600. You can find all pricing information at: Hooveroutfitting.com

What is Provided:

Fly or drive to Glasgow, MT. Enjoy an evening meal and relax on the night before your hunt.

Your trip will include excellent meals prepared by our cook. Accommodations are in a large, new cabin/lodge. We will provide transportation to and from the field and access to thousands of acres of hunting opportunities.

Each day's hunting will begin with an early arrival in the field.

Lunch is often served midday in the hunting area.

We provide an experienced guide with trained dogs. Our guides are happy to tailor each hunt to your level of experience and physical ability.

You must provide your own personal gear including shotguns and ammunition. Appropriate ammunition can be purchased locally.

Gear Recommendations:

Please bring your own shotgun and ammunition. We prefer break-action shotguns for safety. 12, 16, and 20-gauge guns are preferred. #6 shot with 1 3/8 oz. loads work well.

You will need appropriate clothing for cool and mild temperatures, as Montana weather is unpredictable. Be certain to include waterproof and lightweight gear with comfortable boots. Bring an orange hat or vest and shooting glasses for added safety in the field.

What to Bring (Additional):

Please bring fishing equipment if you would like to fish for rainbow trout in our on-site reservoir.

Other:

Travel:
Plan to fly or drive to Glasgow, MT. Pick-up at Glasgow airport is included.

Hunting dogs:
You may bring your own dog. You must provide your own kennel system. We do not allow dogs inside the lodge.

Hunters per guide:
We take a maximum of three hunters per guide. The typical trip is two hunters and one guide.

Minimum trip length:
3 days hunting/4 nights lodging. We can accommodate extended trips.

Additional Activities:

For those flying into Billings, MT we are happy to assist with recommendations for guided fishing trips on the Big Horn River.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Family scaled and excellent in every way My first destination hunting trip ever was with Hoover Outfitting. I could not have picked a better spot to start that journey. This is an intimate operation where safety and fun are the primary consideration. Yes, the sharptail grouse hunting is spectacular but it is so much more of an experience than that. Chad’s family connection to the land and Greg’s love of the landscape and the outdoors help enhance your appreciation of each moment. I loved the dinners each night together recounting the dog work, the weather, laughing together at missed opportunities and learning more about each other. The scale of Hoover Outfitting’s lodge is family size and not an industrial hunting complex and that defined the experience so positively to me. I left feeling like I had seen a part of the world few ever experience and that my time was so thoughtfully curated by Chad and Greg’s sharing spirit.
Date published: 2019-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ultimate Prairie Experience Not only was the hunting exceptional, the setting and experience were beyond our expectations. It was the ultimate prairie experience. Accommodations and guide services were outstanding. This is a "bucket list" experience for any western bird hunter.
Date published: 2019-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Hunting The sharptail hunting was fabulous! The lodge was great with a spectacular view. Chad and his group worked hard for you and were a lot of fun to be with. I would recommend his place to anyone.
Date published: 2018-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Montana Bird Hunting!! Chad Hoover's bird hunts are the best Montana wild bird hunts! The Sharptail's and Hun's are free range and you will cover a lot of ground...average 10 miles a day. The accommodations, food, hospitality were top notch as well and you truly felt like family. If you want an outstanding Montana/Out West wild bird hunt, look no further than Chad Hoover's operation!
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great hunt The Sharptail hunt in Sept, 2017 was fantastic! Limited every day. Experience was excellent and we are going back this Sept!
Date published: 2018-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Met our expectations Hunted sharp tails last September. Drove from Maryland (ugh). Well worth it though. Beautiful country. Great friendly guides. Excellent hunting. Awesome accommodations. Have booked another trip.
Date published: 2018-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another world Went this past September. Incredible scenery. Great cover, plenty of birds, great people. I’ve booked my trip for next year.
Date published: 2018-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rugged, my preference. Chads outfit is top notch. But if your boots better broken in and, dogs proven and guns with barbwire scratches on them. If you not ready to cover 10 miles in a day with steep ravenes stick with the game farm club.
Date published: 2018-11-02
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