J and J Guide Service

SPOT & STALK MONTANA DEER HUNTING

IT JUST DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER.

Epic Spot-and-Stalk Deer Hunts

Join us for unforgettable spot-and-stalk rifle hunts or archery deer hunts!

Montana mule deer & whitetail hunting flies a little under the radar due to the popularity of elk hunting. Here, a deer tag is equally good for a tank mule deer or a giant sneaky whitetail – it’s going to be tough to choose. Our solid game populations and unbelievable hunting properties mean you probably won’t be going home without seeing animals and getting your chances! In our opinion, this is some of the country’s best deer hunting and it’s an absolute blast to spot-and-stalk hunt here.

Our hardworking team leads guided multi-day archery hunts and rifle hunts throughout Montana’s autumn hunting seasons. We offer lodge-based deer hunts from our Ekalaka or Musselshell hunting camp locations.

J&J Guide Service also leads Montana elk hunts, antelope hunts, turkey hunts, and more!

Petersen's Bowhunting Montana deer elk hunting MT J&J Guide Service
Play Video about Petersen's Bowhunting Montana deer elk hunting MT J&J Guide Service

Enjoy a short highlight video from one of our Bowhunter TV episodes to give you a sense of our places and hunt style – click to play.

What should you know about our deer hunts?

Explore our hunt photos or the tabs below to find answers to deer hunting questions.

Hunting deer with J&J Guide Service is an unbelievable two-subspecies adventure! We lead guided mule deer and whitetail deer hunts from two of our three Montana hunting camps (Ekalaka or Musselshell). Our Two Bear location also has big mule deer but the special permit can take a lifetime to draw (even for MT residents). We hunt tens of thousands of private acres and access huge pieces of public land, too!

We love to hunt with our hunters – working together as a team. With a wide variety of habitats at each camp, we mix several different hunting methods each week. Our hunting strategies will depend on the time of year (pre-rut, rut, etc), weather conditions, the physical condition of the hunter, and the subspecies being hunted. A typical day would be spent glassing agricultural areas, timbered draws, and bedding areas from elevated points hoping to catch animals moving between them in the morning and evening. We’ll probably spend time still-hunting, spot-and-stalking, or rattling and calling. The archery season occurs in September and early October (sorry, no crossbows in MT); archery hunts are challenging but our hunters get their opportunities. Our rifle deer season stretches from late October through November; our rifle hunters enjoy unmatched success rates!

Although our hunters regularly see and harvest animals larger than the sizes listed here, these ranges are what we feel are representative of our averages: Mule deer: 20- to 27-inch spread. 3 to 5 points per side. Scoring 130 to 170 B&C. Whitetail deer: 17- to 22-inch spread. 4 to 6 points per side scoring 120 to 170 B&C.

Our Ekalaka, MT Deer Hunts

Southeastern Montana hunters stay in our house or tiny cabin just outside of town and close to many of our hunting properties. Rocky buttes, cottonwood draws, undulating low hills, and endless prairie make Ekalaka our “easiest walking” camp. From camp, we’ll drive out anywhere from 2 minutes to an hour to access quality game populations and hunting landscapes. If we find ourselves farther from home, we generally pack a lunch and stay in the field all day (though we do accommodate the needs of our hunters as well as possible).

Bow hunting is a great challenge and nothing beats putting the stalk on a big buck! Most of our archery hunts need to be one-on-one hunts to keep hunters in action every day and to enable the necessary work to get in front of a shooter buck. As you know, it’s just harder with the bow.

Our rifle hunters enjoy around a 90% opportunity rate on good bucks. It’s a good deal easier to accommodate two hunters to one guide during the firearm season.

*Adding to an Ekalaka Deer Hunt*
Occasionally hunters ask about adding another species, like an elk or antelope, to our deer hunts. While we have facilitated this, we firmly believe that harvesting one trophy in a 5-day hunt is challenging enough. Additionally, arranging the necessary permit points to tack on another species begins to be one too many hoops to jump through (our rifle elk permit can take a long time to draw, etc). If you’re at all interested in stacking two hunts together, please call us for details.

Ekalaka Bow Hunt Prices

Our Musselshell, MT Deer Hunts

Tucked low between the Little Belt, Castle, and Crazy mountain ranges, our central Montana camp is in a beautiful hunting spot! Like our Ekalaka camp – it’s common to see all of the local big game species in a single hunting day or across a hunting trip. This isn’t a mountain hunt but a step down from that level of physical challenge. From this hunting camp, we’ll primarily spot-and-stalk hunt for mule deer and whitetail bucks. Our Musselshell River hunters will stay in our rustic longhouse and since our hunting grounds and leases are spread out over a large area, we’ll generally utilize 4×4 vehicles to travel between our hunting areas and then go on foot from there.

Please plan ahead (we’re happy to help you through the application process) and book now for future hunts!

*Adding to Musselshell Deer Hunts*
Occasionally hunters ask about adding another species, like an elk or antelope, to our deer hunts. While we have facilitated this, we firmly believe that harvesting one trophy in a 5-day hunt is challenging enough. Additionally, arranging the necessary permit points to tack on another species begins to be one too many hoops to jump through (our rifle elk permit can take a long time to draw, etc). If you’re at all interested in stacking two hunts together, please call us for details.

Montana Deer Hunt Booking Process

Step 1: Explore Our Hunts, Rates, and FAQs

Step 2: Contact Us for Availability & Book a Hunt
We require a 1/3 deposit when reservations are made. Deposits are non-refundable unless a license is not drawn, then the deposit will be refunded or applied to the following year at your discretion. The balance of the price of the hunt is to be paid 60 days prior to arrival.

Step 3: Obtain Your Montana Hunting License
Our Ekalaka and Musselshell deer hunts both just require Montana’s general deer license. Obtaining a license can take a few years and a few points so please plan ahead with us! Obtaining your Montana hunting license from the Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks is meant to be simple. There are a few sticking points and we do hunt in multiple areas of the state. Prior to applying we would like to discuss the license options to insure you are applying for the right type of license. If you’ve successfully drawn a license for one of the units we hunt and you’re looking for an outfitter – give us a call!

J&J Guide Service is happy to provide our hunters any assistance they may need when applying for hunting licenses, special permits, and bonus or preference points. In most instances, chatting on the phone for a bit is the easiest way to walk you through the application process.

The Montana FWP has implemented a preference point system to aid non-residents in attaining licenses. Non-resident hunters can collect two preference points; clients of outfitters have the ability to purchase a third “Outfitter Preference Point” to increase their odds of being drawn. Hunters can purchase one preference point each consecutive year prior to their hunt year and the Outfitter Preference Point their application year. Hunters should plan ahead a minimum of two years.

Step 4: Prepare for an Unforgettable Hunting Adventure!
Practice, pack, and travel! Scroll to the bottom of this webpage (coming soon – this is a new site) to learn more about frequently-asked deer hunting questions and preparing to hunt with J&J Guide Service.

Our Recent Montana Hunting Videos

Get to know our team, our landscapes, and our hunting opportunities a little better by watching a few of our hunt videos and TV show snippets!

A note about TV shows: J&J Guide Service isn’t a fancy made-for-television outfitter – we’re just a really small team that by necessity (and passion) primarily focuses on the hunting. We host a popular hunting show or magazine every few years as a sort of effortless and fun way to achieve a little bit of marketing for our business. We don’t have a marketing staff…just our guides and camp teams. TV shows might feel a bit glamorous to some but for us it’s just another enjoyable hunt. Additionally, over the years we’ve become close friends with the professional hunters, editors, camera crews, etc that come with these teams. We feel you can learn a lot about our hunts and our process by watching a few of our past TV shows. Thanks!

Contact our team to hunt in Montana

Contact J&J Guide Service

Are you interested in hunting monster Mule bucks or whitetails in Montana?

Please use our web form, email, text, or call us to let our team know what questions you have about hunting with J&J Guide Service

We look forward to hearing from you!

Frequently Asked Deer Hunt Questions

Learn more about deer hunt inclusions, packing & preparing, and more! Edit all for deer hunts.

What is included in my hunt?
Aside from our mountain tent camp on our Two Bear hunts, J&J Guide service provides comfortable lodge/house/cabin accommodations that offer most of the amenities of home.

We like to provide all necessary food, services, and equipment to ensure your success. Our hunts include fully-guided hunting days, transportation during your hunt, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and NA beverages, lodging, and trophy care, which includes skinning, caping, and meat quartering of animals.

Airport transfers are not included or possible. Complete meat processing and meat shipping/transport are not included and are the responsibility of the hunter.

Will you provide food and drinks?
Yes. We supply food and water but if you have any favorite food/snacks or drinks feel free to bring them to camp. Prior to arriving, please let us know if you have any serious food allergies.

Should I practice?
Absolutely. Practice shooting your weapon routinely with the rifle, big-game ammunition, or archery gear you will use on your hunt.

Our guides consider it their job to get the hunter within 150-300 yards with a rifle and within 40 yards with a bow. Know your capabilities and equipment; make sure your guide knows your comfort levels, too!

How should I practice?
Shoot wearing your backpack, binoculars, rangefinder, gloves and clothing you’ll wear while hunting. Practice kneeling, sitting, standing, tight under a tree (etc) – contemplate possible scenarios and try to practice them.

Shot opportunities can materialize unexpectedly and you need to be ready to act quickly – the more prepared & practiced you are the better. Train to attain the best physical condition that you can as it will likely increase your hunt enjoyment and success. Hard hunting days are a grind if your legs wear out or your lungs scream “stop!”.

Should I exercise before my hunting trip?
Montana is often best hunted on foot and the better shape you are when you walk into camp – the more enjoyable your experience will be. Elk hunting is really physically demanding!

We recommend lifting weights and some cardiovascular training. Walking with a loaded backpack (rucking – 30 to 40 pounds is great), jogging, running, or biking. Add in some incline to simulate conditions and really burn calories. Focus on consuming healthy protein and fats and trim back your calories from carbohydrates (cereal, bread, crackers, chips, pasta, sugar, soda, etc).

Workouts should be done at least 3-4 times per week, and should last 30+ minutes. This might be the most important part of your hunt preparation. Also, you might live longer to have even more hunt adventures. Why not?

Elk are rugged animals with amazing survival instincts and hunting them can be challenging – even on the private ranches that we hunt. To maximize your chances of success, we recommend that elk hunters be physically and mentally prepared to walk long distances through all types of terrain and willing to stay on stand for long periods of time in all types of weather conditions.

Modern bow equipment is amazing in its capabilities but we rarely recommend a shot over forty yards at an elk, deer or bear. It is important to be accurate with your archery equipment from 10 yards up to 40 yards. Practice like you will be hunting (sitting, kneeling, standing, up hill, down hill, etc.). Not every opportunity comes with textbook hunter positioning so train to be capable and accurate when drawing from difficult positions.

Should an archery hunter bring anything special?
The only thing you are required to bring is your personal gear, shooting equipment, license, and clothing. Clothing will vary depending on the time of year. Please bring an extra bow string, your target arrows, a spare release, and your archery hunting stamp from Montana. Quiet hunting clothing is critical for our archery hunters.

Should I bring scent blockers or elk urine?
Sense of smell is the primary defense for most North American game animals. We believe that once a hunter begins to walk and sweat his/her smell cannot be masked by gadgets or gizmos. We think that the only way to control scent is to be patient and play the wind.

To maximize your chances of success, we recommend that elk hunters be physically and mentally prepared to walk long distances through all types of terrain and willing to hunt for long periods of time in all types of weather conditions.

Often, elk herds are located in pockets and they tend to travel greater distances than deer. Elk hunters may need to be more mobile & active than our deer hunters. 

Should I practice?
Yep. Practice shooting your weapon routinely with the ammunition you will use on your hunt. We recommend sighting your rifle in at 100 yards and then practicing shots at 200, 300, and 400 yards. Know your rifle and cartridge well upon arriving at camp.

Shooting distances can vary from close range out to 250+ yards. Hunters will need to bring a rifle that is “powerful enough” to effectively take down a large-bodied elk yet can still be fired accurately and confidently. If you’re afraid of your firearm’s kick – don’t bring that one!

Should a rifle hunter bring anything specific?
The only thing you are required to bring is your personal gear, shooting equipment, binoculars, license, and clothing. Clothing will vary depending on the time of year and the species hunted. For rifle hunts, Montana law requires all hunters wear 400 square inches of blaze orange above the waist and visible from all angles. An orange camo vest and hat is sufficient.

Bring gun oil wipes, spare ammo for your game species (not full metal jacket, etc), and your firearm case.

Be sure to break-in and use any new equipment before your trip.

Personal Gear:
Wallet/cash, ID or passport, hunting license & elk tag, camera & SD cards, belt, sunglasses, phone & chargers, sneakers, hunting boots, underwear, socks, shirts, vest, camo jacket, parka, hunt & camp pants, gloves, warm hat/beanie, ball cap, face-mask. Bring your firearm, ammo, or archery gear, any maintenance or cleaning equipment for those, a case, and backup bits and pieces in case something happens during travel or in the field.

Day Pack:
Sharp knife, Leatherman, pen/marker, lighter, paper towel, moist wipes, trash bags, zip locks, water bottle or hydration bladder, snacks, batteries, compass, flashlight or headlamp, sunglasses, packable rain gear, spare socks in a zip-lock, binoculars, range finder, personal meds.

Medicine bag:
Tylenol, aspirin, or ibuprofen, mole skin or band-aids, toothbrush and toothpaste,  soap/shampoo/deodorant, sunscreen, lotion, eye drops, spare eyeglasses.

Each hunter might have a unique item or two they need – this is just a start and off the top of our heads.

Montana weather can change incredibly quickly and can impact the success on any hunt. Weather conditions are unpredictable and, despite our best efforts, is out of our control. The temperature can vary from 90 degrees, sunny, and dusty during early-season hunts to below freezing, windy, and snowing during late-season hunts. It’s important you prepare for the extremes! We hunt hard unless the weather is not safe and can’t issue refunds due to inclement weather.

In general, September hunts can be cool at night and early morning and warming to 60 to 90 degrees during the day.

October seasons can be cold (sometimes freezing at night and early morning) and warming to 40 to 90 degrees.

November is reliably cold – but otherwise unpredictable. Winds can rage, rain can arrive in sheets (or not at all), a foot of snow might fall overnight, fog might cover the entire landscape, or it might be sunny, clear, and warm-ish. Spring turkey and bear hunts are similarly unpredictable!

We certainly encourage our hunters to bring a loved one or friend along – even if they don’t hunt. Bringing a non-hunting guest always depends on how full camp is (assume it will be pretty full).

Bring a guest for the rifle hunting season for +$1500/week. Bring a non-hunting guest during all other seasons for +$150/night (duration of stay depends on season).

Hunters should arrive between 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. the day before their hunt begins and depart the morning after the last day.

J&J Guide Service requires a 1/3 deposit when reservations are made. Deposits are nonrefundable unless a license is not drawn, then the deposit will be refunded or applied to the following year at your discretion. The balance of the price of the hunt is to be paid 30 days prior to arrival.

We highly recommend purchasing trip insurance to cover your expenses and nonrefundable deposits in the case that you have to cancel, or an unforeseen event such as a fire closes an area, your flights get canceled, etc. you might explore Traveler’s Insurance from Montana Outfitters & Guides Association.

Do I need to dress or quarter my own harvest?
No, but help is certainly welcome! We will field dress your game and quarter it (generally back at camp).

Does J&J work with any local taxidermists?
Yes. We partner with several local taxidermists that can prepare your cape and skull for your taxidermist or offer shoulder/euro mounts for shipping.

How do I get my meat and taxidermy home?
If you are bringing meat home we can help locate a local meat processor that may be able to ship your meat. If you are driving home you’d do well to bring your own ice chest (or three!).

This content is coming very soon!

Scroll to Top