We hunt on eight large private ranches including our own. These ranches are large areas ranging from 10,000 acres to 43,000 acres each. The land varies tremendously from river bottoms and hay meadows to rough badlands with sagebrush covered benches and high ridges. These make for very good vantage points for binoculars and spotting scopes. There are also scattered timber and deep canyons in some areas of the ranches. In the past years, our hunters have maintained a success rate that is over 95% on both deer and antelope. Guided Rifle Deer Hunts and Deer/Antelope Combo Hunts are 5 day hunts. Antelope hunts are 3 days. Archery Elk hunts are 7 day hunts.
Mule Deer or Whitetail Deer Hunts: 5 day hunts. Arrive the afternoon before the hunt begins to get settled in and sight your rifle in or at least check it.
Accommodations: A nice ranch house with shower and beds. Bedding is furnished. Breakfast is early and we will be at our hunting ranch before daylight.
The Hunt: These are typically spot and stalk hunts. Four wheel drive Suburbans and Crewcabs are used for transportation. Cooler lunches are furnished. We will be back at the main ranch for a big family style dinner at night. We will walk as much or as little as you like and would expect to see 100 deer per day with 12 to 15 bucks.
Taxidermy: Your game will be skinned and caped. Capes are frozen at the ranch. We can arrange for a taxidermist to mount, crate and ship your Trophy. Meat will be transported to the nearest processing plant and cut to your specifications. We ask that you pay for processing and if you don't want the meat it will be given to the needy.
Reserve Your Hunt: 30% payment is required to book a hunt. 8 hunters per hunt with 1 guide per 2 hunters. Montana Deer licenses are guaranteed through an outfitter sponsored category. Applications deadline is March 15.
Archery Elk Hunts: The Patterson Ranch is a large 3 br private ranch consisting of 62,000 acres, 40 miles east of Billings, Montana. Archery season runs approx. Sep. 7 - Oct. 15.
*NON-RESIDENT* this is a permit area for rifle and archery hunts at this time. The archery elk/deer hunt will be 7 days. Arrive in the afternoon before the hunt. Great habitat, mild winters, and low hunting pressure allow for exceptional Bulls 300 BC - 400 BC.
Hunting Methods: Ground blinds and tree stands at water holes and wallows, and also along travel routes from fields to bedding areas. Bugling and cow calling work well at the right times. This hunt is a good opportunity to harvest a great bull Elk with the option of either a Whitetail or Mule Deer included if you have the time and are inclined to do so. Rifle deer hunts during the general season, approximately November 2 through November 24, are five day hunts for either mule deer or Whitetail These are mostly spot and stalk for the Mulies and tree stands or ground blinds for the Whitetails
Guides & Accommodations: 4 hunters with 2 guides. Meals & lodging are included in the price of the hunt.
Antelope: 3 day hunts. Arrive the afternoon before the hunt. Stay at our ranch in a nice ranch house for lodging with shower and bedding furnished. We hunt 7 or 8 ranches using 4 wheel drives for transportation. It is a "spot and stalk" type of hunt. You should expect to see 50 to 100 antelope per day with 15 to 20 bucks. As with all of our hunts your game will be skinned and capped, capes frozen and meat taken to the locker plant. A partial payment of 30% is required to book a hunt. Antelope licenses are available on a very limited draw. Application deadline is June 1st.
Lodging: Your accommodations are first class at either hunting camp, in a comfortable ranch house. This includes beds, bedding and showers. You also have access to a TV, phone, ice box, and lot's of good cooking served family style. All you need to bring is your hunting equipment and personal items.