J&J Guide Service offers guided archery and rifle hunts for Montana Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer and Antelope. Between our guided hunt success rate of 95% and our Christian values, we will ensure that you receive the most honest, enjoyable, and successful hunt possible.
Prime Location: Our hunting camps are located near Ekalaka, Montana in the southeastern corner of the state and we offer the finest hunts for Mule deer, Whitetail deer, Elk and Antelope that Montana has available. We lease the hunting rights on several private ranches as well as being the only permitted outfitter on large areas of the BLM and National Forest land
Award Winning: Over the last few years we are very proud that our hunters have received several Montana Outfitters and Guides Association/SCI awards. We also have the distinction of being the only outfitter in the state to have received awards in each of the four major categories, Mule deer, Whitetail, Antelope and Archery Elk as well as having received more youth awards than any other outfitter in the state.
Successful: Our rifle hunters have been experiencing a 98% success rate on Antelope and 95% success rate on deer for many years.
Archery Hunts: Montana has a six week archery season that opens the first or second Saturday in September and closes in mid October. Eastern Montana has long been known for the trophy quality of its whitetail and mule deer and in recent years has also become known as home to some of the world's largest elk.
Archery Camps: Our hunts will typically be conducted with a maximum of two hunters in each camp per week. Hunts are conducted from tree stands or ground blinds over waterholes or trails between morning and evening feeding and bedding areas. Hunting techniques also include "spot and stalk" along with occasionally bugling or cow calling bull elk. Non-residents currently have about a 50% chance of drawing an archery elk tag in our area and when a tag is drawn, our Tie Creek and Mill Iron camp both offer the bowhunter a chance to take a "world class" trophy bull elk. Both camps can also offer our hunters the opportuny to take an exceptional mule deer or whitetail deer. When hunting antelope we will use various techniques such as spot and stalk, decoys, or sitting in blinds over waterholes.
Rifle Hunts for Deer, Elk and Antelope
Deer: Montana’s deer license is good for one deer and may be used on either a whitetail or a mule deer. It is a five week season that always closes the Sunday after Thanksgiving so it usually opens about the fourth Sunday in Oct. With a wide variety of habitat at each camp we will usually employ several different hunting methods each week. The hunting method for each day will vary depending on the time of year (pre-rut, rut, post rut), weather conditions, physical condition of the hunter as well as species being hunted. A typical day of hunting would be spent glassing agricultural areas from elevated points hoping to catch animals moving to and from feeding and bedding areas in the morning and evening. The remainder of the day is spent still hunting, spot and stalking, making organized drives, and rattling and calling. The length of the average shot will be from 150 to 250 yards with every attempt to find a solid rest. You should practice shooting prone, sitting, and kneeling while bracing your rifle on a solid object such as a rock, fence post, or tree. Recommended rifle size is .25 caliber up to whatever you feel comfortable shooting and should be sighted in 2”-3" high at a 100 yards depending on the caliber of your rifle and bullet selection. If you have questions regarding your choice of hunting equipment, don't hesitate to contact us.
Elk: Montana's elk season runs the same dates that the deer season does. This is a limited draw area for elk rifle tags, so most of our hunts will consist of "one guide per hunter". This type of hunt offers the best opportunity for the hunter to tag the trophy of a lifetime. Our elk hunts will employ many of the same methods as our deer hunts do, however, because our elk herds are located in pockets and tend to travel greater distances than deer do, our elk hunters may need to be a little more mobile than our deer hunters. Hunters who are fortunate enough to draw a rifle elk tag in our hunting area could be in for a real treat as we have some "Monster" bull elk roaming the hills out here. Shooting distances can vary from "Up close and personal" 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 shot accurately and confidently. Rifle sight-in strategy should be similar to what we have listed above for deer.
Antelope: Montana has a four week antelope season that opens two weeks prior to deer season and closes two weeks after deer season opens. Hunting for antelope is almost purely spot and stalk with an excellent chance of taking one of the most beautiful and exotic animals in North America. This hunt is perfect for a man/wife, father/son or daughter as it is not unusual to see over 100 antelope per day insuring nonstop action and hunting excitement.
The size animal you can expect to take would be: Mule Deer: 22 to 27 inch spread, 4 or 5 points per side scoring 145 to 170 Boone & Crockett points* Whitetail: 17 to 20 inch spread, 4 or 5 points per side scoring 125 to 150 Boone & Crockett points* Elk: A mature bull with 6 points per side scoring 250 to 300 Boone & Crockett points* Antelope: horns 13 1/2 to 15 inches long scoring 72 to 78 points* *Although our hunters see and take animals each year larger than the sizes listed above, these are what we feel confident you will have the opportunity to take.
Accommodations:With comfortable ranch style accommodations we cater to man/wife, father/son or daughter hunts with separate sleeping quarters available with full bath while still providing an excellent opportunity for trophy class animal as our clients have won several state awards from the Montana Outfitter and Guides Association.
-SPECIAL OFFER- 10% discount for all spouse and youth hunters.