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Hunting

Hunting is an important part of Montana's outdoor heritage and has been part of a way of life in the region for thousands of years.

We manage hunting to prioritize high-quality, fair-chase, public hunting and healthy wildlife populations. Just as Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MT FWP) adjusts seasons and species regulations each year, our biologists will also revise our regulations each year for our deeded land. The most current information will always be available here on our website and at access points on our deeded land. Our promise to hunters and all visitors is that American Prairie will provide an ever-richer and more satisfying experience as wildlife populations remain healthy and robust.

American Prairie offers over 69,000 acres of public hunting through Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Block Management program. Additionally, the public is welcome to use designated travel roads to cross our deeded land to access adjacent public land.

The majority of hunting on American Prairie's deeded land is managed through MT FWP’s block management program, and detailed information for each property is included below. Please refer to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hunting website for current harvest and hunting dates.

Montana FWP Region 4 Properties

The PN

The PN is located almost entirely within the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument at the confluence of the Judith and the Missouri Rivers, including more than 20 miles of riverfront that stretches west to Arrow Creek.

The PN is a working cattle ranch. Please leave all gates as you find them (open or closed) and observe posted no-shooting zones in residential areas.

Two Crow

The Two Crow is located on the south side of the Missouri River north of Winnett, Montana and includes rolling prairie, timber, ponderosa ridges, and breaks country.

Montana FWP Region 6 Properties

Blue Ridge

The Blue Ridge property is nestled in the Larb Hills on the north side of Fort Peck Reservoir. Blue Ridge provides connectivity to migratory pathways for wildlife from neighboring protected areas such as the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

Blue Ridge is divided into two areas: the Blue Ridge Block Management Area and the Blue Ridge Special Management Area.

Blue Ridge/ABAPR Block Management Area

The Blue Ridge Block Management Area is listed as AB/APR on MT FWP block management maps.


Blue Ridge Special Management Area

Hunting on the Blue Ridge Special Management Area is restricted to bull elk through a special drawing for hunters who draw the 620-20, 620-21, 622-20, or 699-01 elk tags.

The 2021 Blue Ridge Special Management Area elk hunt drawing is closed.

Cow Island/Cow Creek Block Management Area

The Cow Island and Cow Creek properties are accessible via the Missouri River. Habitat includes the Missouri Breaks, cottonwood groves and riparian meadows.

Dry Fork Block Management Area

Dry Fork is located south of Malta, Montana east of Highway 191. Dry Fork is made up of several properties with diverse topography and habitat, including mixed grasslands, breaks country, and riparian corridors.

Bison are present on Dry Fork. For your safety and theirs, keep at least 100 yards of distance between yourself and bison. Leave all gates as you find them and observe all posted no-shooting zones.

Ragland Bench/Butka Block Management Area

Ragland Bench/Butka is a small property north of the Missouri River and includes bench land and breaks.

Timber Creek/Page-Whitham Block Management Area

Timber Creek is located on the north side of the Missouri River and includes dry grasslands and breaks country.

White Rock Block Management Area

White Rock is located south of Malta and east of Highway 191. White Rock's habitat includes mixed grasslands and riparian corridors.

Bison are present on White Rock. For your safety and theirs, keep at least 100 yards of distance between yourself and bison. Leave all gates as you find them and observe all posted no-shooting zones.

Additional Information

We hope you have a great experience at American Prairie. Please email feedback and results of your hunt to mail@americanprairie.org. We would love to hear from you!

  • Hunting parties may encounter other user groups (hikers, horseback riders, bikers, etc.)
  • American Prairie does not allow harvest of sage grouse, non-game species, or predators on our deeded land.
  • Non-toxic (non-lead) ammunition is required.
  • Travel allowed on designated open roads only. Off-road driving is not allowed. Please retrieve game on foot.
  • For more information on the annual public bison harvest, please visit our Bison Harvest page.