Hunting & Fishing General Information
- Beaver Creek, Big Sandy Creek, and Box Elder Creek are three streams that support fisheries providing excellent recreational opportunities for fishing. East Fork Reservoir, located on the upper reaches of Beaver Creek is a 665 acre reservoir that is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. Williamson Reservoir located in the west portion of Rocky Boy is a 19 acre pond that is 32 feet deep and stocked with rainbow and brown trout, bass and bluegill. Bonneau Reservoir, located on Box Elder Creek is used for irrigation and was first stocked with rainbow trout in 1951 and today holds about 4,000 acre feet. The reservoir currently contains rainbow and brown trout, walleye, longnose dace, fathead minnows, and white suckers. Browns reservoir holds 800 acre feet primarily for irrigation. This is a storage reservoir that hadn’t been stocked until recently but contains a fairly good population of rainbow and brown trout, and walleye. This reservoir is the main attraction for the annual Fishing Derby we hold during the summer. Beaver Creek pond is a small, flow-through impoundment of less than one acre on Otayachinas Creek, at the base of the Rocky Boy’s ski area. Fishing is open from January 1st to December 31st.
Upland Game Birds
Since Reservation land is located within a major migratory flyway, numerous upland bird specieis and waterfowl frequent the area. Most common uupland game species are sharp-tailed grouse, ring-necked pheasant, and Hungarian Partridge.
Waterfowl sighting include Canada Goose, Canvasback, Gadwall, mallard, pintail, lesser scaup, Shovler, Blue-winged teal, Green-winged teal, Redhead, American wigeion and Bufflehead. When hunting, for Waterfowl, STEEL SHOT MUST BE USED.
The most common are the Merriam turkey. there are (2) seasons, (spring and fall) available for Turkey. The spring tags are available from April - May (toms only). The fall tags are abilable from Oct. 1st to Dec. 1st. Fall hunts include both sexes.
Rules & Regulations
Each successful entrant of big game hunts must pay a 10% non-refundable deposit with full payment by August 31st. The laws and regulations when hunting on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation will be abided by at all times. Only one permit per species may be purchased by one individual with the understanding and agreement that it be non-transferable, non-refundable, confers no rights of trespass, be carried while hunting, and it must be displayed upon demand by a Fish & Game warden. Before leaving the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation with game, you are required to obtain a TRANSPORT PERMIT and have your game inspected by a Tribal Game Warden. ALL permittee’s must fill out and submit a HARVEST DATA QUESTIONNAIRE. Payment must be CASH, TRAVELERS CHECK, and CASHIERS CHECK OR MONEY ORDER payable to: Chippewa Cree Tribe Fish & Game. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Many recreational areas are accessible on and near the reservation and are enjoyed throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Recreational access permits are required for all nonmembers on the reservation. Hiking, biking, picnicking, horseback riding, camping, boating, ATV, snowmobile, cross country and downhill skiing, bird watching, wildlife viewing and photography are considered as recreational activities.
Tribal member guides offer services for upland game birds, elk, deer, and antelope. Bear Paw Fish & Game will provide you with a tribally licensed guide who will ensure a memorable hunting experience. Our guides are local to the area and very knowledgeable of the terrain. If you prefer to choose a guide, please contact Bear Paw Game & Fish for a list of qualified guides.