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Spring Black Bear Hunts | Iron Wheel Guest Ranch

Spring Black Bear Hunts

Spring Black Bear Hunts – Best cure for cabin fever I know!

Public Lands hunt:After being locked up all winter you get the itch for some peace quiet and fresh springtime air, spring bear hunting fills that ticket. Montana has a very generous population of black bears with a wide variety of colors from blonde, chocolate and black to the reddish brown. Hunting is done by 4X4 and some walking in various drainages. Binoculars and spotting scope are used extensively in viewing the logged off and open areas. Past hunts have had from 85 to 100% success. All hunts are fair chase, no bait or dogs are used. We have hunted this area for over 30 years and know the area very well. Spring bear license must be purchased by April 14th. Bear tag cost is $350.00. You will be staying in a motel (at your expense) that is centrally and scenically located. Breakfast and the evening meal will be on your own and John will provide your lunch in the field. This is good bear country. Several of our bears have qualified for SCI record books, in all colors. These are 7 day hunts, with 5 days of hunting time, 2 hunters guide the cost is $2200.00* each for private guide $2800.00* (* plus 4% FS use fee) ** plus motel and meals about $450.00 for your stay. There may be an additional fuel surcharge. Dates for public lands hunts: April 23rd to May 15th These dates are subject to change pending FWP approval.

Black Bear Public Lands hunt from the Guest Ranch: These take place in Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and some private lands. 7 days with 5 hunting days 2 hunters per guide with all meals and lodging included for $2400. each or $3200 for a private guide. May 20- June 15th.

We are now offering a private lands bear hunt in the spring as well. This hunt is $3000 per hunter; 2 hunters per guide and includes all meals and lodging. For a 1:1 hunt it is $4000. These are at our Dry Creek Ranch, last year we did well and saw some very nice bears with different color phases. There may be an additional fuel surcharge.


Dates Available May 20th -June 1st

These dates are subject to change pending FWP approval.

To reserve your hunting expierence click here for our reservation form.


Additional Information


Getting a license: All dates and license prices are pending final approval from MT FWP This year license for elk/deer combo tag will be $944.00, the deer only tags will be $561.00. We encourage all clients to purchase a preference point ($50) whenever they can. We will assist you with the licensing process. Due to an initiative the licenses will be on a drawing, but we had deer/elk tags left over the last year, so do not anticipate any problem getting a combo license, if you apply by March 15th. If you do not draw a license and have a preference point you will definitely have a greater opportunity for the following year. We will assist you in the licensing process. A 50% deposit is required to confirm any hunt, the balance of the hunt payment is due 60 days prior to the hunt date. In the event you are not successful in obtaining a license we will refund your deposit or credit it to the following year. Hunting applications should be available first of the year.


References available on request.


Additional Expenses: Any animal you wish to mount will be completely caped and cared for in a professional manner. We own and operate Cedar Hills Taxidermy. Any accommodations you want other that those provided will be at your own expense. Only moderate drinking will be acceptable, no excessive drinking is allowed, this could terminate your hunt. Your meat will be taken to the nearest processing plant for cutting and wrapping if necessary. All meat processing and shipping or extra care is at your expense. When staying at Iron wheel Guest Ranch (Cargill’s) there is a $35.00 per person per night charge for the night stay, dinner and breakfast. Montana Outfitters and Guides Association (MOGA) is the only organization that promotes and protects non-resident rights to hunt in Montana through the non-resident hunter angler defense fund, we ask that each person contribute a minimum of $100.00 to that program.


Gratuities: Your guides, packers and cooks work very hard for you, usually very long hours every day. Normal tips range from $100.00 to $250.00 for camp hands, packers and cooks. Guides normally receive $500.00 and up, $1000.00 is not unusual. If you feel the camp staff has done a good job please tip accordingly.


Cancellations: No deposits will be refunded, if you draw a license. If you do not draw a license we will either refund or forward your deposit to the following year.


Permitted on: This institution is operated under special use permits with the following National Forests: Kootenai, Lolo, and Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest, as well as BLM lands. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Member of: Montana Outfitters and Guides Association, National Rifle Association, North American Hunting Club, Safari Club International


Iron Wheel Guest Ranch & Cargill Outfitters

John & Sherry & Scott Cargill License #201