Bighorn River Waterfowl Hunting
Join one of our expert guides for a waterfowl hunting experience of a lifetime.
The Bighorn River is a waterfowler’s paradise. With the consistent water temps from Yellowtail Dam, the river stays ice free the entire Winter. It is the largest body of open water within well over a 100 mile radius even during the coldest months of the year. Because of this, thousands of waterfowl are patterned to stop on their way South during their migration. Afterbay reservoir is closed to hunting and acts as a 2-mile-long refuge that hosts unreal amounts of waterfowl. Coupled with and expanse of agricultural land with endless feed such as corn and wheat and helps keep the birds in the Bighorn valley well after the season is closed.
Our guides specialize in targeting Ducks (Mallards, Widgeon, Gadwall, Teal and Pintail) throughout the mainstem of the Bighorn River as well as the many side channels and sloughs. Large populations of Canadian Geese are prevalent as well, for another fun option.
– Lodging in the new ‘View at Split Island’ Lodge or cabins
– Guided hunting
– All meals each day (dinner, breakfast, lunch)
+$225 per person per day for afternoon guided fishing
*No changes or substitutions for meals, lodging, guided trips.
All our hunting is set over spreads of decoys and calling birds in. Our US Coast Guard Licensed guides have extremely seasoned and well-trained dogs ready to retrieve the day’s rewards. You will be hunting in comfortable blinds that are easily accessible from the edge of the riverbank. Bighorn Angler guides provide transportation either by drift boat or motorized boats to short walking distances from the blinds.
A typical hunt starts early in the morning (about 2 hours before shooting light). Our guides pick you up from your lodge and travel a short distance to the river. Travel and setup of the decoy spread generally is very timely and you will be setup to hunt well before shooting light comes around. Our guides provide breakfast on the river and depending on the time of day, lunch as well. We are always off the river by early afternoon to ensure the roosting birds are undisturbed for the following day.
Targeting the best time to hunt the Bighorn is largely weather based. The more flexibility you have, the better the hunting. Typically, later season (Mid December – Mid January) is generally very consistent. There are great times throughout late October and November as well. Feel free to give us a call and see if there is a time that might fit your schedule!
*Guided services provided by Montana Outfitter #7927.
Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is here to assist you with every aspect of customizing and booking your trip. We can advise on lodging options, best times to come, transportation, what to bring and anything else important to you. Don’t hesitate to reach out.