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.
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.
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.
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.
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 start from: $2600. You can find all pricing information at: Hooveroutfitting.com
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.
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.
Please bring fishing equipment if you would like to fish for rainbow trout in our on-site reservoir.
Plan to fly or drive to Glasgow, MT. Pick-up at Glasgow airport is included.
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.
For those flying into Billings, MT we are happy to assist with recommendations for guided fishing trips on the Big Horn River.