J and J Guide Service

MONTANA PRONGHORN ANTELOPE HUNTING

A HIGH-SPEED CHALLENGE ACROSS THE PRAIRIE.

Spot-and-Stalk Antelope Hunts

Join us for fantastic spot-and-stalk rifle hunts or close-contact spot-and-decoy archery hunts!

J&J Guide Service offers exciting spot-and-stalk archery & rifle Pronghorn antelope hunts on some of Montana’s finest private ranchland. Low buttes, cottonwood draws, undulating low hills, vast prairie, and abundant antelope bucks make for an unforgettable hunt for this gorgeous Montana speedster! Mild to warm weather, healthy local antelope & trophy buck numbers, spot-and-stalk hunting, and high encounter rates make this one of the most fun hunts in the West! Unless hunting conditions are extreme – we don’t utilize sitting in ground blinds at watering holes.

We offer lodge-based Pronghorn antelope hunts from our Ekalaka and Musselshell hunting camps. J&J Guide Service also leads deer hunts, elk hunts, turkey hunts, and more!

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

What should you know about our pronghorn hunts?

Are you doing your research? Trying to decide how to spend hard-earned vacation days and hunting dollars? Find answers to our common antelope hunting questions below.

Found exclusively in North America, Pronghorn antelope are blazing quick with the vision and the processing speed to avoid the now-extinct American cheetah. They’re cagey…if they spot you, it’s not uncommon to see antelope in flight a mile away! Clocking running speeds over 60 miles per hour and binocular eyesight – the Pronghorn antelope is an excellent Montana hunting challenge! We also like that the autumn weather in eastern Montana is generally a little bit milder this time of year.

When rifle hunting, our primary tactic will be to use hunting optics to spot a mature buck at a distance and then create a stalk plan to get him into range. We utilize every little hill, bush, and every single blade of grass available to stay hidden from the unmatched eyesight of a Pronghorn antelope. We utilize the same technique during archery hunts but mature bucks are more susceptible to decoys and calling during the archery season.

Please plan a little for a Pronghorn hunt: archery permits can take two years to draw and rifle antelope permits can take 2 to 5 years (depending on which of our camp locations you choose to hunt from). In Ekalaka, it will currently likely take 2 points to draw an archery permit and 4 or more to draw a rifle permit. In Musselshell, each hunter will likely need 2 points for either the archery or rifle antelope permit.

Our Ekalaka, MT Pronghorn Hunts

Southeastern hunters stay in our house or tiny cabin just outside of town and close to many of our hunting properties. We offer one-on-one and two-on-one guided antelope hunts from our Ekalaka location. Rocky buttes, cottonwood draws, undulating low hills, and endless prairie make Ekalaka our “easiest walking” camp. The topography of the Ekalaka area also makes it possible to get a little high ground and find antelope from a long distance before concocting a stalk plan to get a buck in range. Since we access large leases and have good population numbers, we generally prefer not to sit in ground blinds and wait. As hunters, we sort of prefer to be out and exploring our country and engaging animals wherever we might find them. Your binoculars will get plenty of use during this hunt!

The Pronghorn archery season occurs in mid-August and September (sorry, no crossbows allowed in Montana). Our rifle season runs mid-October through early November.

Please call us for details.

Ekalaka Bow Hunt Prices

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, MT Pronghorn Hunts

Sandwiched between nearby mountain ranges, our central Montana camp is a fantastic place to spot-and-stalk hunt for Pronghorn antelope across diverse terrain. The antelope herds here are in great shape with an ideal buck-to-doe ratio. With high numbers of sightings and great shot opportunity rates – this might be the most fun you’ll have hunting for a while! We try to cover a lot of ground across several of our large leases to look at as many animals as possible while finding a great buck for you. Since we access large leases and have good population numbers, we generally prefer not to sit in ground blinds and wait. As hunters, we sort of prefer to be out and exploring our country and engaging animals wherever we might find them. Your binoculars will get plenty of use during this hunt!

The Pronghorn archery season occurs in mid-August and September (sorry, no crossbows allowed in Montana). Our rifle season runs mid-October through early November. For added adventure, waterfowl hunting can be packaged into a Musselshell pronghorn hunt!

Please call us for details.

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.

Montana Pronghorn Hunt Booking Process

All Pronghorn antelope hunts in the state of Montana are by special permit. Arranging the proper applications and points in advance is critical and can be a little bit tricky. J&J Guide Service is happy to assist our hunters through the application process to ensure you’ll have the best odds of drawing your antelope license in your hunting year.

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 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.

Step 3: Obtain Your Montana Hunting License
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.

Applying for Our Different Locations:
In Ekalaka, it will currently likely take 2 points to draw an archery permit and 4 or more to draw a rifle permit. In Musselshell, each hunter will likely need 2 points for either the archery or rifle antelope permit.

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 antelope 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 team. 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 really close friends with the professional hunters, editors, camera crew, etc that come with these teams. We feel you can learn a lot about our process by watching a few of these. Thanks!

Contact our team to hunt in Montana

Contact J&J Guide Service

Are you interested in hunting big Pronghorn antelope 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 Pronghorn Hunt Questions

Learn more about Pronghorn hunt inclusions, packing & preparing, and more! Edit all content for antelope 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!).

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