Cargill Outfitting is owned and operated by John and Sherry Cargill offering a variety of hunting and fishing excursions as well as outdoor recreation opportunities for you. Summertime opportunities include float fishing on many rivers, lakes and ponds. We offer trail rides during the summer for 2 to 8 hour trips. Our Bed & Breakfast is a year around operation – serving for family reunions, retreats, receptions, training sessions, group functions, or meetings.
New ideas for the upcoming season We have more property to hunt on Dry Creek Ranch. We have leased some adjoining properties. This has given us some very fine deer hunting, black bears and even elk at times. The property is in the elk travel pattern which helps.
With over 25 years of outfitting experience we strive to see that our clients enjoy a successful and memorable trip. We are State licensed and insured, as well as being a member of Montana Outfitters and Guides Association. Over the past years we have excellent success rate on our elk, deer, mountain lion and bear hunts. We offer archery and rifle season trips. Our spring black bear hunts are an enjoyable time of year with lots of game to see. All hunts originate from Iron Wheel Guest Ranch (Butte airport) unless specified otherwise. We can customize most trips to suit your needs, please give us a call and see what we can do for you.
Elk / Mule Deer / Black Bear
Super Successful Dry Creek Ranch – This is one of the finest private leases in Montana, consisting of about 25,000 acres of privately managed quality big game habitat. The ranch is surrounded by other large private ranches, which has created some real trophy quality elk herds.
Our largest bull taken scored a whopping 409 7/8 gross score, and ranks number 13 ever taken in Montana. Every year some real trophies are seen, some are shot and some live to see another year. Not everyone will kill or even see a 350 or better bull, but they are there. There are 40 square miles of canyons and timber with lots of hiding places. Big bulls do just that hide until found or they make a mistake. In order to get a big bull you need to be in an area that has big bulls. Average years opportunity is from 75% to 85% on 5 point or better bulls. Weather, hunter’s abilities, and luck all play a part in hunting. In 2005 75% of our bulls taken were over 300 gross score. Our experienced guides and knowledge of the area is where our high success rate comes from. We have a good population of mule deer ranging from 20” to 28”. Whitetail deer call certain areas of the ranch home as well and some nice whitetail are taken. Two camps will be utilized here with 2 to 4 hunters per camp. First camp consists of a three story log lodge built in 2004. Very comfortable and lots of room there is a shower area and generator electricity is available but we use outdoor plumbing. Camps are in a mountainous area with no running water. Generators are used for electricity and modest shower facilities are available in both camps. In second camp there is a new two story facility with generator electric and no running water. Client’s vehicles will be left at a designated parking area on the ranch or at Cargill’s lodge. Mode of hunting travel will be primarily 4X4 Polaris Rangers, and stalking on foot. We can accommodate about any kind of hunter from the relaxed laid back person to the young and vigorous. Elk harvested must be 5x5 or better and deer must be 4x4 or better, continuing to assure the quality of game for the future. An occasional fall black bear is encountered and a separate license is required for that ($350.00 must be purchased by August 31st.) there is a $500 trophy fee for any deer or bear taken. These hunts are for 7 days 5 full days of hunting time, cost for two hunters per guide is $7200 each, and for private guide cost is $8500. License cost is $959.00 for deer and elk, $809 for elk only. These license must be applied for by March 15th. Fall bear tags must be purchased by August 31st.
Rifle Season 2013
To Camp Hunt Depart Camp
First Hunt October 25th October 26th through Oct 30th October 31st
Second Hunt November 2nd November 3rd Nov 7 th November 8th
Third Hunt November 10th November 11th Nov 15th November 16th
Fourth Hunt November 17th November 18th Nov 22nd November 23rd
Licensing Fees Licensing are on a drawing, deer and elk license $959.00 elk only $809.00 and they must be submitted by March 15th. Please contact us for assistance, we encourage you to buy a preference point. Deer only license will be $570.00