J and J Guide Service

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Your Home for Montana Big Game Hunting

J&J Guide Service is proud to offer high-quality hunting in three remarkable hunting regions across the state of Montana: Ekalaka in the SE, Musselshell River closer to the center near Martinsdale, and Two Bear/Hamilton in the mountainous west.

Overview of Our Hunting Camps

Our hunting camps offer accommodations ranging from nice bunkhouses to laid-back lodges; Two Bear also provides canvas tent backcountry hunts by horse. Our guide team accesses hunting on numerous large private ranches and we’re permitted for huge sections of BLM, State, and National Forest lands.

At J&J Guide Service, we don’t limit our hunters to a single ranch or hunt area (though you may want to stay all week in the first place you see!); many of our hunters will experience a variety of hunting areas and terrain. From our three game-rich locations we offer some of the best hunting that Montana has to offer. Track down trophy mule deer or whitetail deer, Rocky Mountain elk, or Pronghorn antelope! Tweak your hunting season a little and join our team for high-flying Merriam’s turkey, black bear, upland birds, or waterfowl hunting.

Scroll down a little bit to enjoy an overview of our three hunting camps, how they differ, and the animals and hunts available at each. Thanks for researching J&J Guide Service while planning your Montana dream hunt! Send us a note if we can help you in your hunting quest.

Our Ekalaka, MT Hunting Camp

Our little house and cabin in the stunning southeastern corner of the state, well east of Billings and Miles City.

Our Ekalaka camp is our longest-running location and offers laid-back charm with small-town warmth. This is a fantastic hunting region and our place is located just a minute east of town (read: some cell service, WiFi, and access to a small store). Here, we lease the hunting access rights to nearly 120,000 acres (including large private ranches and an additional 40,000 acres of adjoining BLM and state land). We are also the only permitted outfitter in large portions of the Custer National Forest (consisting of approximately 60,000 acres). To put it simply, most days we don’t see other hunters. It is not uncommon to see two, three, or even all four big game species in the same field day.

The hunting habitat in this part of the state consists of Ponderosa pine-timbered hills, rocky bluffs and buttes, rolling grasslands, grain and alfalfa fields, and clay creek bottoms. Elevations vary from 3000′ to 4200′. Hunting here can still be a physical challenge but we consider the terrain here to be some of our most walkable.

Hunting from our Ekalaka Camp

Our Ekalaka hunting camp offers fine Rocky Mountain elk, whitetail and mule deer, pronghorn antelope, predators, upland birds, and Merriam’s turkey hunting. This camp is known for the excellent trophy quality of all species with our specialty being Mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk. This is a “general license” area for deer with elk and antelope being limited draw areas.

Almost all of our hunts from Ekalaka are spot-and-stalk hunts. Additionally, our guides frequently call animals during our archery elk and Merriam’s turkey hunts. They’ll decoy and call pronghorn antelope during the bow season. We might rattle in a big whitetail buck, too!

Since our lands and leases are spread over a large area, we’ll generally utilize vehicles to get to and around our hunting areas and go on foot from there.

Ekalaka Camp Lodging & Meals

Accommodations include a spacious ranch house with all the amenities of home, including Wi-Fi and decent cell phone service via most providers. In addition to our hunting house, we’re happy to offer our little cabin next door that sleeps two hunters. Hearty, healthy breakfasts and suppers are served family-style in the dining room each day with lunches typically eaten in the field.

Depending on the time of year and group size, we lead hunts from Ekalaka with 2 – 4 guides and can accommodate up to 8 hunters. From this conveniently located camp just off of Highway 323 near town, we are able to treat our hunters to some of the best Rocky Mountain elk, mule or whitetail deer, pronghorn antelope, Merriam’s turkey, and upland bird hunting this gorgeous region of Southeastern Montana has to offer.

Driving Directions to our Ekalaka Hunting Camp

Our Ekalaka camp is located 1.3 miles southeast of Ekalaka, MT on Highway 323

Directions to J&J Guide Service Ekalaka Camp, 130 Highway 323 Ekalaka, MT 59324:

From I-94 East – Dickinson, ND

From I-94 West – Billings, MT

From I-90 East – Rapid City, SD

From I-90 West – Buffalo, WY

From CanAm Hwy 85 South – Lusk, WY

Important Notes for All J&J Guide Service Hunts

If you can’t walk well – your hunts will always be a bit limited. We can use a vehicle to facilitate getting around many of our properties but you’d still need to be able to get from the truck to hunting and shooting locations.

In most cases, if you draw blood on an animal your hunt is considered complete. Our goal is to have our hunters take responsible shots on beautiful game animals every time. We’ll patiently work to ensure the shot you take feels like a shot you can make. We try to manage our game herds carefully to provide opportunity well into the future.

Hunts include: comfortable accommodations, all food & drink, hunting transport, guiding, trophy preparation and meat de-boning.

1/3rd of a hunt’s price is required as a deposit** upon booking and final payment is due at least 60 days in advance. Browse our hunt species pages for more complete pricing details.

Hunts don’t include: Transfers from/to airport (this is entirely impossible due to our remote locations and camp responsibilities), vehicle rentals, hunting licenses or permits, alcoholic drinks, firearm rental fees, personal insurance, applicable taxes, tips, taxidermy work, or complete meat processing.

*Our listed prices are subject to change without notice.

**All deposits are non-refundable except in the instances of failure to obtain a Montana hunting license or the death of the hunting client or an immediate family member.

Our Musselshell River Hunting Camp

A comfortable but semi-spartan longhouse located in the central part of the state, northeast of Bozeman and near Martinsdale, Montana.

This fine camp is located in the central part of the state near the small town of Martinsdale, MT, and is nestled between the Little Belt, Castle, and Crazy mountain ranges. By highway, we are about 120 miles northwest of Billings, MT. We lease the hunting rights on large private and state lands. Like our Ekalaka camp – it’s common to see all of the local big game species in a hunting day or across a hunting trip.

The habitat in this part of the state consists of foothill benches, prairie grasslands, grainfields, hayfields, along with creek bottoms and river bottoms. The elevation will vary between 3500′ and 6000′. This isn’t a mountain hunt but just a step down from that.

Hunting from our Musselshell River Camp

Hunting here is primarily for elk. Our elk hunters frequently add on a whitetail, mule deer, antelope, or waterfowl and upland birds. This is a “general license” area for elk and deer and is one of the easiest areas in the state to draw an antelope tag which makes it a great place to plan a combination hunt for those who would like the opportunity to hunt multiple species on the same hunting trip.

Almost all of our hunts from Musselshell are spot-and-stalk hunts. Additionally, our guides frequently call animals during our archery elk hunts. They’ll decoy and call pronghorn antelope during the bow season. We might rattle in a big whitetail buck, too!

Since our lands and leases are spread over a large area, we’ll generally utilize vehicles to get to and around our hunting areas and go on foot from there.

Musselshell Camp Lodging & Meals

At this camp, guests will stay in our rustic hunting lodge – it was once used by the local Hutterite Colony as a dining hall! The lodge offers our guests a spectacular view of the Little Belt and Castle Mountains. The building is solid, well insulated, and spacious. Heat is provided by propane and wood. A 12-volt solar panel/battery bank system powers the water pumps and lights. We also run a generator as needed to power WiFi, TV, Printer, CPAP machines, etc. Because the lodge is located beneath a hill, cell phone service is not always reliable; however, excellent service is available nearby and on most of the ranch. The lodge features 3 new guest bedrooms with 2 extra long twin beds per room. Each of the new rooms includes a private bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet. All bedding is provided. Hearty, healthy breakfasts and suppers are served family-style each day in the dining room with lunches eaten in the field if unable to return to the lodge.

Depending on the season this camp will operate with 2 – 4 guides plus a cook and accommodate up to 8 hunters per week.

Driving Directions to our Musselshell Hunting Camp

Our Musselshell camp is located approximately 6 miles north of Martinsdale, MT – 3 miles north of the intersection of Findon Lane Rd. and Highway 12.

Directions to J&J Guide Service Musselshell Camp, 312 Findon Lane Rd., Martinsdale, MT 59053:

From Helena, MT

From Great Falls, MT

From Bozeman, MT

From Billings, MT

From I-94, ND

From Rapid City, SD

Important Notes for All J&J Guide Service Hunts

If you can’t walk well – your hunts will always be a bit limited. We can use a vehicle to facilitate getting around many of our properties but you’d still need to be able to get from the truck to hunting and shooting locations.

In most cases, if you draw blood on an animal your hunt is considered complete. Our goal is to have our hunters take responsible shots on beautiful game animals every time. We’ll patiently work to ensure the shot you take feels like a shot you can make. We try to manage our game herds carefully to provide opportunity well into the future.

Hunts include: comfortable accommodations, all food & drink, hunting transport, guiding, trophy preparation and meat de-boning.

1/3rd of a hunt’s price is required as a deposit** upon booking and final payment is due at least 60 days in advance. Browse our hunt species pages for more complete pricing details.

Hunts don’t include: Transfers from/to airport (this is entirely impossible due to our remote locations and camp responsibilities), vehicle rentals, hunting licenses or permits, alcoholic drinks, firearm rental fees, personal insurance, applicable taxes, tips, taxidermy work, or complete meat processing.

*Our listed prices are subject to change without notice.

**All deposits are non-refundable except in the instances of failure to obtain a Montana hunting license or the death of the hunting client or an immediate family member.

Our Two Bear, MT Hunting Camp

Lodge-based or horse-packed backcountry hunts just a little south of Missoula and tucked into the infinite Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

“Ride due west as the sun sets. Turn left at the Rocky Mountains.” – Jeremiah Johnson

This is a gorgeous hunting area in the Saphire Mountains east of Hamilton and Darby, Montana. The Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness region is known for being independent and rugged – the big game hunting is fantastic and it’s the only camp where we offer horse and spike camp access (in addition to our lodge-based hunts). We access 1.2 million acres here but hunters beware – this landscape will kick your butt if you’re not in good shape for it.

The rocky terrain in this part of Western Montana features lodgepole pine, subalpine meadows, open ridges, burns, and mountain creeks – it’s premium spot-and-stalk hunting terrain. This is a mountain hunt so be physically prepared.

If you can physically hang with your hunting guide, you’ll have a great chance at harvesting an elk – game is plentiful.

Hunting from our Two Bear Camp

Alongside the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, our Hamilton camp provides great bull elk hunting (archery & rifle hunts). Additionally, we offer (if you’re lucky enough to draw these tags) bighorn sheep, Shiras moose, mountain goat, winter mountain lion hunts, and spring/autumn bear hunts (an over-the-counter tag).

For elk, bring .270 or bigger. Perhaps the most important bit of kit is a great big game bullet (not a full-metal jacket).

The weather here can be tricky. Bring quiet clothing and lots of layers so you can adjust to daily conditions.

This is a mountain hunt so good, well-broken-in hiking/mountain boots with solid ankle support and support under foot is absolutely necessary.

We can use horses to pack in to our backcountry camp. We can also use horses to facilitate daily hunting travel. NOTE: to keep our horses safe and healthy, our horseback hunters should be 230 lbs or lighter. If you’re doing a backcountry hunt with us and feel uncomfortable about the horses, we can hunt on foot but cover considerably less ground which certainly decreases our chances. We have had hunters take horse-riding lessons just to prepare for our backcountry hunts. If you dislike horses, we’d recommend our lodge-based hunts.

Our lodge-based hunts start from the lodge each morning after breakfast. You’ll use a vehicle to get to different hunting locations and glassing locations and hike from there. Even though this is a lodge-based hunt, you can and should expect to hike a ton. If you’re not in shape to hike mountains with a pack and gear – please consider our hunts from Ekalaka or Musselshell camps.

Cell phone service and WiFi at the lodge. Very spotty coverage in the mountains.

Two Bear Camp Lodging & Meals

Lodge accommodations include most of the amenities of home, including hot showers, meals, Wi-Fi, and frequent cell phone service coverage. Hearty breakfasts and suppers are served family-style in the dining room each day with lunches typically eaten in the field.

Our elk hunting spike/tent camps are comfortable and memorable Rocky Mountain elk hunting adventures that feature hot showers, a full-time cook, cot-style beds, sturdy canvas wall tents, and well-behaved horses and mules to do a lot of the heavy work. There’s no better way to spend your entire hunt in the heart of premium western elk hunting terrain!

Between the backcountry camp and the lodge, we can facilitate up to ten hunters. We operate with 3 – 5 guides at a time. From our conveniently located lodge and spike camps, we are able to treat our hunters to some of the best hunting Montana has to offer.

Driving Directions to our Two Bear Hunting Camp

649 Grantsdale Road

Lodge hunters stay here. Pack-in hunters begin their trip here.

Important Notes for All J&J Guide Service Hunts

If you can’t walk well – your hunts will always be a bit limited. We can use a vehicle to facilitate getting around many of our properties but you’d still need to be able to get from the truck to hunting and shooting locations.

In most cases, if you draw blood on an animal your hunt is considered complete. Our goal is to have our hunters take responsible shots on beautiful game animals every time. We’ll patiently work to ensure the shot you take feels like a shot you can make. We try to manage our game herds carefully to provide opportunity well into the future.

Hunts include: comfortable accommodations, all food & drink, hunting transport, guiding, trophy preparation and meat de-boning.

1/3rd of a hunt’s price is required as a deposit** upon booking and final payment is due at least 60 days in advance. Browse our hunt species pages for more complete pricing details.

Hunts don’t include: Transfers from/to airport (this is entirely impossible due to our remote locations and camp responsibilities), vehicle rentals, hunting licenses or permits, alcoholic drinks, firearm rental fees, personal insurance, applicable taxes, tips, taxidermy work, or complete meat processing.

*Our listed prices are subject to change without notice.

**All deposits are non-refundable except in the instances of failure to obtain a Montana hunting license or the death of the hunting client or an immediate family member.

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