J and J Guide Service

SPRING-SEASON MERRIAM'S TURKEY HUNTING

FOR THE GOBBLE & THE GLORY!

Spot-and-stalk Turkey hunts? Oh, yeah!

Chase some of Montana's best long-beards with J&J Guide Service! There's nowhere we'd rather be in the springtime...

You won’t find a ton of passionate Montana turkey hunting outfitters – but you can absolutely count us in. Like elk hunting in the spring (for small, feather-covered elk…with wings & beaks), our Montana Merriam’s turkey hunts are an absolute thrill!

Our Merriam’s turkeys love to talk; they’re known for being the most vocal of the American subspecies and that makes for some incredible spring hunting days here at J&J Guide Service. We roost birds when we can but we do a ton of spot-and-call moving through our gorgeous landscapes. Angry, gobbling & strutting toms are drawn in so close you’ll break into a sweat!

Our team leads guided multi-day turkey hunts throughout Montana’s spring hunting season. We offer lodge-based turkey hunts from our Ekalaka, Montana location

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

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

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Join J&J Guide Service for one of the turkey hunting world’s best-kept secrets! There are other places to hunt Merriam’s toms but our rolling butte, valley, and field terrain and fantastic bird numbers make turkey hunting in Eastern Montana pretty tough to beat! We lead guided 3-day turkey hunts the way we love to hunt them – roosting birds and spotting and calling on foot and we love to work with our hunters, hunting as a team (we love this as much as you do)! We love, love, love Montana turkey hunting!

Our Ekalaka turkey camp accesses tens of thousands of acres of private ranches & additional quality public hunting land to provide outstanding opportunities for unpressured birds. Your guides have spent a lifetime chasing Eastern and Merriam’s birds around the country and we’re confident that there isn’t a more awesome landscape to hunt in. Our Ekalaka house and cabin provide a comfortable launch pad for unforgettable turkey hunting adventures.

Our Ekalaka, MT Turkey Hunts

If you’ve joined us on a deer, elk, or antelope hunt – you know that our Ekalaka hunting country is special. Our turkey hunts maintain very high success rates and hunters often tell us that the Merriam’s toms here are the most beautiful birds they have ever encountered. Southeastern 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.

Our hunters are completely free to call her/his own bird in if they wish or we will happily make noise for you! We can hunt turkeys all day in Montana which gives us 15 hours hunting time per day. The hunting days are really long this time of year so we tend to split the hunt: if hunters do not take a bird early in the mornings we generally head back to camp for a lunch and siesta then head right back out in the afternoon and evenings to seal the deal! We certainly have hunters that want to go all-day long; we completely understand and support that, too!

Please call us for details.

Spring Turkey Hunt Prices

Montana Turkey 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 nonrefundable aside from the unfortunate instance of the death of a client or their immediate family member. In that situation, 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
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. Before applying, we would like to discuss the license options to ensure you are applying for the right type of license.

J&J Guide Service is happy to provide our hunters with 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.

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 turkey 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 talkative Merriam’s tom turkeys 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 Turkey Hunt Questions

Learn more about turkey hunt inclusions, packing & preparing, and more!

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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