Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge located in Fort Smith, Montana.

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Nick Forrester

Forrester's Bighorn River Resort


Phone icon800-665-3799 Phone icon406-666-9199 Email iconinfo@forrestersbighorn.com Link iconforrestersbighorn.com
40756 Highway 313
Fort Smith, MT 59035

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The Story

Where Montana keeps her promises. Come hunt ringneck pheasant, sharptail grouse, and Hungarian and chukar partridge at Forrester's. The lodge offers seven private hunting cabins with captivating views of the Bighorn Mountains, and riverfront access to the Bighorn River straight from your deck. Upland bird hunting is available on more than 100,000 private acres. Every detail of every trip is cared for, from the chefs with global experience preparing 5-star courses that leave guests anticipating the next day's menu, to guided hunts in the field for incredible days in Montana. Take advantage of the world-class duck and goose hunting or the true Cast-and-Blast adventures!

Date Range

Upland game birds, sharptail and Hungarian partridge starts September 1.
Pheasant starts the second Saturday in October.

What is Provided to Customer

Our typical hunt consists of two people per one guide. Our experienced guide will have one pointer and flushing dogs. Lunch is included and prepared by our chefs. Shells are available to be purchased at the lodge.

Region/Terrain Where You Hunt

We have an exclusive 90,000 acre hunting lease that consists of alfalfa and wheat fields cut up by meandering creek bottoms. Ideal for native pheasant and sharptail grouse. Flanked by high bluffs suited for Hungarian partridges.

Typical Weather by Season

Upland game bird season starts September 1 and includes grouse and partridges. Temperatures usually are 60-70 degrees during the day. Pheasant season starts the second Saturday in October. Typical temperatures during that time are 45-55 in the middle of the day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the closest airport?
A. Closest airport is Billings, Montana (BIL) 90 miles from the airport to the resort.

What Should Customers Bring?

Seasonal rain gear, good hunting boots, sunscreen, warm jacket, long sleeved shirt, camera, sunglasses, plus shotgun and shells.

Sample of Typical Trip

Our most popular hunting and lodging package is 3-days hunting/4-nights lodging. Check our website for package deals and payment terms.

Species You Hunt by Season

We hunt pheasant with flushing and pointing dogs. A 12-gauge shotgun is most appropriate for these birds. We also hunt sharptail grouse, Hungarian partridge and some chukar partridges.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hunting = 10 out of 10 I spent six days with my dad at Forrester's in mid-October 2017. The original intent was to split the time between upland hunting and fishing. We were so impressed after our first day of hunting, we altered our plans to hunt as many days as possible. Having brought my 3 year old red setter all the way from Minnesota, I was a bit nervous about how she'd handle the big Montana terrain. I'm happy to report she did awesome, and truly made the trip extra special. Our hunting guide was very helpful and worked with me to get my dog hunting well. Bringing a dog also means the lodge needs to be accommodating and helpful, and I'm happy to report that the Forrester's team was nothing short of amazing. For example, they facilitated an earlier start time due to warm weather. Anyone who works their own dog knows that hot, long days in big country are difficult, so taking advantage of early morning temps was critical for my dog and our guide's dogs. Besides the dog, what made the hunting so special was the variety of birds. We got into big roosters and large coveys of huns and chukar. The terrain is big and open with lots of deep draws. We had steady action which gave my dog lots of points and us lots of shots! Be prepared for lots of hiking, including going uphill - so break your boots in. The Hawthorne bushes are a killer, so bring appropriate clothing. As for the Lodge, it's everything you'll read in the other reviews. Great food, comfortable accommodations, and good company. The wifi is good, but the cell service is very sparse. Let your family and office know you are truly out of pocket. Here's my advice for anyone bringing a dog: - Let Francine know well in advance. - Be prepared to drive to the hunts in tandem with your guide as they will have their truck full of dogs and gear. - Run a beeper collar with a solid locator function. The draws are thick and deep. The ability to locate your dog is critical - especially when on point. - Get a really good chest protector that can handle Hawthorne bushes. - Their pads take a beating. Do what you need to do to get your dog conditioned. - If the forecast is for anything over 60 degrees, ask Nick or Francine if you can start early. This is critical. - Bring lots of water! - We didn't see any rattlesnakes, but they exist in this area. Consider getting you dog vaccinated. It was an awesome trip. I hope this review helps for anyone bringing a dog. We had multiple moments where we had to pinch ourselves. That's how good the entire experience was.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Class Having never fly fished or been to Montana for that matter, I had no idea what to expect. Arriving at Forrester's we were greeted with warm smiles, sandwiches, drinks and all types of snacks. That was just the tip of the ice berg as far as food goes. Every meal was 5 courses and way beyond my expectations. I tell my friends it was by far the 3 best consecutive meals Ive ever eaten. The cabins are perfect and stocked with everything you will need including fresh ground coffee. The fishing was everything I had hoped for, patient guides and plenty of fish. We caught 32 fish the second day and had to skip the last 3 miles of the river due to heavy rain! Forrester's is a First Class family owned fishing resort that I will definitely be returning to. It could not have been a more perfect trip.
Date published: 2015-09-15
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