Tim Linehan

Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide located in Yaak, Montana.

Overview

Enjoy a memorable bird hunting adventure in Montana with Orvis-endorsed wingshooting guide Tim Linehan. Since 1992, Linehan Outfitting Company has been offering one of the most authentic wingshooting adventures in the country here in the remote Yaak Valley in the northwest corner of Montana. This area of the state is not typical big sky country. Instead, it's logging country and wilderness. This is a place where the Pacific rainforest ecosystem crashes into the spine of the Rocky Mountains. Since there is so much high-quality habitat, grouse populations don't necessarily fluctuate as much as they do in other areas around the country. Access to hunting areas is via logging roads, and then we use the quads on our legs, not the motorized type. What makes this hunt unique is the possibility of getting a native grouse hat trick. There aren't many places in the country that present an opportunity like this. The goods are here. Now it's up to you to earn the prize.

FAQs

Season:

Our bird hunts run from mid-September through mid-October.

Species:

We have three species of mountain grouse: ruffed, blue, and spruce.

Region/Terrain:

This far, northwest corner of Montana is unlike the rest of the state in that it is not typical big sky country. It’s big country alright, but without rolling vistas and snowcapped mountain ranges in the distance. This region is logging country, mountainous, and a place of dense, coniferous forests and it smells like Christmas every day. Think Maine…on steroids. We are located at the end of the road and this area of the state is also far less traveled than the more famous regions of the state. Lincoln County, Montana lies entirely within the Kootenai National Forest. There are approximately 1.2 million acres of National Forest and only 20,000 people here. We rarely see other hunters and that alone makes this one of the most unique and authentic wingshooting adventures in the country.

Average driving time to covers ranges from a few minutes to an hour on the longer end. Ruffed and spruce grouse covers are essentially 30-50 year old logged areas that offer traditional habitat including berries, alder, underbrush, and spring seeps. Blue grouse habitat is higher in elevation, requires some hiking, and includes more open, park-like areas with stands of predominantly Douglas fir trees. This area of the state is not chic. There are no Starbucks nearby. This is a place to celebrate nature and birds and the hunting experience in a truly unique setting.

Typical Weather:

We don’t really see snow and heavy precipitation until Thanksgiving. During the front end of our season, you can expect morning temperatures in the 40s F and daytime temperatures as high as 70. As the season moves into October, morning temperatures can be in the 30s and daytime temperatures in the 50s. We can see some rain during the fall but for the most part, the weather is mostly fair and stable.

Rates:

3 day/4 night packages start at $3900 per person for 1x1 and $2500 per person for 2x1.
You can find all pricing information at: www.fishmontana.com

What is Provided:

Packages include lodging, daily guide fees, daily picnic lunch.

Gear Recommendations:

  • 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: generally we shoot open chokes with 6-8 size shot (can be supplied if requested in advance)
  • Orvis Missouri Breaks Briar Pants or any reinforced, water repellent front panels are best but Carhartts work fine too
  • Orvis Hunting Softshell Jacket
  • Orvis Tough Shell Jacket and pants or any good quality GORE-TEX® raingear (jacket and pants)
  • Orvis PRO Series Bird Hunting Vest or any decent vest with game pouch and shell pockets
  • Blaze orange ballcap or other blaze orange headgear
  • Shooting gloves (any variety will do)
  • Shotgun cleaning kit

What to Bring (Additional):

Aside from your hunting gear guests will also need to supply your own groceries. After that, just bring personal items and clothing.

Other:

It is possible to include some fly fishing during your upland hunt?
If necessary, we can provide ammunition.

The Yaak River Mercantile and Tavern and the Dirty Shame Saloon offer grocery staples and perfectly good tavern fare. Both are located just five miles down the road our guest cabins.

It is possible to customize your package to accommodate additional days?
We have two lodging locations. All hunts are based out of our Yaak location. Libby, Montana is biggest, closest town.

There is no cell service here in Yaak but we do have wifi and landlines.

We have dogs but you are certainly welcome to bring your own if you choose.

Daily bag limit is 3 birds (aggregate).

Closest airports are Spokane, Washington and Kalispell, Montana.

Rental car is necessary and we do not provide airport shuttle.

We prefer not to supply firearms.
28, 20, 16, and 12 gauges are perfectly fine.

2 ¾ shells in size 6 are appropriate for blue grouse.

2 ¾ shells in size 7½ are appropriate for ruffed and spruce grouse.

We prefer double/break-action shotguns and try to avoid autoloaders.

Terrain is moderate for ruffed and spruce grouse while mountainous for blue grouse.

On a scale of 1-10 the physical demands of this hunt are a 6.

Licenses can be purchased online at: fwp.mt.gov or over the counter when you arrive.

3 consecutive day non-resident license is $50.00, season license is $110.00

Additional Activities:

We offer guided fly fishing trips and are happy to customize a fly-fishing and wingshooting adventure for you.

Reviews

Tim Linehan
Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide
Linehan Outfitting Company
35309 Yaak River Road
Yaak, MT 59935
406-295-4872

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