Hunting activities at the Padlock include Wingshooting (Upland bird hunting) and Mule deer hunting. We have a five-stand course at the lodge and we are happy to pull a trap to help you work on any skills you want to sharpen.
Wild Bird Hunting
Wild bird hunting on the Padlock is exciting and productive. Uplands and creek bottoms provide sharptails (chuckle chickens), pheasants and Hungarian partridge. Coulees full of choke cherries, wild plums, buffalo berries and rose hips provide the fall feed these birds need and the colors that make our hunts memorable.
Padlock Ranch has four shooting preserves, two in Montana, and two in Wyoming where we supplement native populations to insure that you will have an exciting and productive wingshooting experience.
Sage Grouse Hunts
Sage grouse hunts take place on our 130,000 acre Forks Ranch property. Sometimes the hens are in areas shared by sharp-tail grouse and the occasional pheasant rise makes for an exciting hunt. While hunting sage grouse you will probably see mule deer as well as pronghorn antelope, eagles, burrowing owls and other wildlife species. Ruff grouse have been reported in the high woody rims.
Mule Deer and Elk Hunting
On the Wyoming side of the ranch near the lodge, mule deer hunting is available. The Padlock's Forks unit is located forty miles east of headquarters. We work with an outfitter that arranges mule deer and elk hunting on the 130,000 acres of private land here.