Upland Bird Hunting

All wild, all the time, that’s how we like our populations of game birds.  In the lower 48 states, this is the only place you can hunt three species of native grouse during the same hunt.  And often we get lucky enough to get all three species in one day!  For 25 years we have never averaged less than 3 flushes per hour.  This is a terrific native grouse wingshooting adventure.

  • Season(s): September 1 through October 15
  • Species: Ruffed Grouse, Blue Grouse, and Spruce Grouse
  • Caliber: 28, 20, 16, and 12. Open chokes with 6-8 ½ shot.
Overview

Ruffed grouse

Ruffed grouse, though populations are cyclical by nature, are found in great numbers. They inhabit logged areas with ten to thirty year old regrowth, coniferous forest edges, alder and aspen groves and creek bottoms. They feed on insects, clover, berries and other plants, are mottled brown or gray and are especially flyers. It has been said many times that ruffed grouse are the king of the upland birds, and we agree. To that end we devote most of time in pursuit of these fine birds. There’s nothing more satisfying than watching a dog flush or point a ruffed grouse and making a clean shot just before it disappears into the darkest cover.

Blue Grouse

Blue grouse, the largest of the three species are found in good numbers throughout the area. They frequent subalpine terrain featuring open ridgetops with stands of conifers, and feed on a variety of insects, berries, and plants. They are slate gray and camouflage well against their rocky environment.

Spruce Grouse

Spruce grouse are found in healthy numbers and frequent deeper woods, thick coniferous areas, and feed on insects, clover, berries, and evergreen needles. They are darker than blue grouse and sometimes appear blue-black. Spruce grouse, while not considered flyers, are a lovely bird and make an interesting addition to the trophy room.


Access to covers is via logging roads and terrain is moderate. To be sure the ground is uneven and covers can be thick but it’s not uncommon on a good year to hunt hard all day and flush twenty or more birds.

As is the case with all upland hunting, solid, well-trained dogs add another dimension to the hunt. Personally we prefer flushing dogs and currently run golden retrievers. But pointers are great too and your dogs are welcome here at Linehan Outfitting Company.

The grouse season opens September 1st but we prefer to wait until the middle/end of September for our hunts when temperatures have started to cool and the foliage is beginning to drop.

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Rates

Access to covers is via logging roads and terrain is moderate. To be sure the ground is uneven and covers can be thick but it’s not uncommon on a good year to hunt hard all day and flush twenty or more birds.

As is the case with all upland hunting, solid, well-trained dogs add another dimension to the hunt. Personally we prefer flushing dogs and currently run golden retrievers. But pointers are great too and your dogs are welcome here at Linehan Outfitting Company.

The grouse season opens September 1st but we prefer to wait until the middle/end of September for our hunts when temperatures have started to cool and the foliage is beginning to drop.

All trips are 4 nights lodging and 3 days hunting.

Call for price and availability if you have drawn a special permit. The cabins have full kitchens and gas grills for your use for breakfast and dinner. Rates do not include Montana accommodations tax or guide/staff gratuities.

Package Cost (per person)
Two on one hunt $1800
One on one hunt $2700

A 30% deposit is required to confirm your reservation. Balance of hunt is due 60 days prior to arrival. If client cancels after March 1, 2017, the full balance is still due. All deposits and payments are non-refundable and non-transferable with an exception for not drawing a license.We strongly recommend that our guests purchase travel insurance.

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