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Monday, 23 January 2017 00:00

Bighorn River Lodge Cast and Blast

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Cast and Blast

Cast and Blast is a term that many people Hear  out there. What is the Cast and Blast? The cast and blast is combining a great day of wing shooting along with great trout fishing. The Bighorn river is a world class trout fishery, home to wild rainbow and brown trout. So, there is nowhere else you can find the combination of such prolific fishing and waterfowl hunting in one location. The day starts with a morning of calling in ducks and geese into your decoy spread. After a great hunt, we fish our way down the river catching fish and the day comes to and end when we hit the Bighorn River Lodge boat ramp.

Waterfowl

The waterfowl season is coming to a close for 2016-2017 and with this brings an awesome amount of duck and geese into the Bighorn River Valley. The valley is an enormous agricultural valley combined this with the fact that the Bighorn River never freezes up, is a recipe for world class waterfowl hunting.

The waterfowl season runs from early October until the middle of January. Fishing season is open year-round. Early season hunting can be a little slower due to the warmer temperatures, but this does give you more comfortable fishing conditions. The time of the season to get the best waterfowl hunting is between November and January.

Some gear you will need for the Cast and Blast:

  • Waders: breathable waders will work early season but neoprene is better for late season
  • Shot gun: 12 gauge is preferred
  • Shells: 3 inches 3 shot covers everything. I prefer Kent fast steel
  • Warm clothes: gloves, hat, insulating layers
  • Came Jacket: tan and brown colored waterfowl came
  • Fly Rod and Reel: 9ft.5wt.or 6wt.rod
  • Fishing and hunting license:


The guides at the Bighorn River Lodge will provide the rest of the gear: Decoys, calls, dogs, lunch, flies.

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We see many species of ducks on the river, but what excites most hunters is the mallard. The drake mallard is easy to identify, with its large green head, he is hard to mistake for any other duck. Throughout the day, you will see large groups of mallards working back and forth between the grain fields and the river. Widgeon, and many species of diving ducks are also numerous flying around the river.  We do most of our hunting on the river hiding in pre-built blinds located up and down the river. It is hard to beat having a cup of hot coffee, sitting in the blind and watching the ducks work the decoys as the sun is coming up.

Geese

As the temperatures drop in December and into January thousands of Canadian Geese descend upon the Bighorn Valley to take advantage of the open water and plentiful food in the nearby fields.  Calling in these majestic birds is a sound that really gets the blood flowing and of course nothing beats watching the dogs brave the moving frigid waters on a retrieve of a bird that weighs as much as they do.  And they live for that moment.

image005If you are new to waterfowl hunting, wanting to learn, or have been doing it for years, treat yourself to an unbelievable experience and come hunt and fish with us at the Bighorn River Lodge. Call Cheryl at the lodge 406-666-2368 and make your reservation for nest winter. 

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