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MSU Hunting Access

Reserving Hunting Access at the MSU College of Agriculture Springhill Experimental Farm

The Gallatin Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever has partnered with Montana State University College of Agriculture and Region 3 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to coordinate an online hunting reservation system for big game and upland bird hunting on the Springhill Experimental Farm through the generosity of local software provider Schedulicity.com.

Read and follow the “Guide to the Online Reservation Process” below. Then review and sign a copy of the “MSU Springhill Experimental Farm rules and acceptance statement”. The “Guide” contains the link to the Schedulicity hunting access site. The ‘acceptance statement’ gives driving directions to the Farm and other necessary information. A printable location map is also provided on this site. The statement needs to be signed, dated, hunters names included with ALS numbers and emailed to rosetimmer@gmail.com prior to your hunt. Your confirmation from Schedulicity needs to be printed and on your dash for the duration of your hunt and left in the drop box onsite at your departure. Hunts can be booked 2 weeks in advance. 

While basic upland bird habitat is presently available on the Farm, we plan to work with MSU in improving the diversity and quality of cover types needed by upland game birds in the coming years.

Your cooperation in following the established rules and in using common sense and good (fair chase) hunting ethics when on the MSU property is necessary to help keep this land open to controlled public hunting. Have a fun and safe hunt!!

2023 Season dates: Upland bird (sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge) – September 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023. Ring-necked pheasant – October 7, 2023 to December 31, 2023.

Deer and Elk season in accordance to Montana FWP HD312

Hunter access limited to 1 (one) each Upland Game Bird and 1 (one) each Big Game hunt/person/year.  You must email your signed acceptance statement, all participating Hunters Names, Montana FWP ALS number and phone number to complete the registration 72 hours prior to hunt date.   Email to rosetimmer@gmail.com

GUIDE TO THE ONLINE RESERVATION PROCESS FOR HUNTING ACCESS AT THE MSU COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE’S SPRINGHILL EXPERIMENTAL FARM

Step 1. Begin at http://www.gallatinvalleypf.org/links/ to access the MSU College of Agriculture’s Springhill Experimental Farm hunting access reservation site. You must first read and accept the hunting access rules by printing out and signing the acceptance form. Email the form before your hunt. Review and print out a copy of the hunting access map to have when hunting. Note the location of the two parking areas and safe (no hunting or shooting) areas marked on the map.

Step 2. Click on the link provided (https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/MCO5LD) to go to the Schedulicty.com site to make a hunting reservation(s). The link will take you to the Schedulicity.com site we are using to schedule hunting access at the Farm. Schedulicity has graciously allowed us to use this site free of charge, so please thank them when you have a chance to do so.

Step 3. Review the Overview Notes, Bio, Additional Info, and Services Provided sections (big game and upland bird hunting).

Step 4. First time users should register at Schedulicity.com before proceeding further. Enter name, contact info, and a password. You can proceed without this step now but will be asked to provide them prior to confirming a reservation later. Once registered, you won’t need to again.

Step 5. Hit the “Schedule Now” button.

Step 6. Select a Service (either Big Game or Upland Bird Hunting Access) by clicking on the arrow symbol (>); then select the “Service Provider” either Big Game or Upland Bird; then click the blue “Add to Visit” box.

Step 7. Click the “Pick Date and Time” box to go to the calendar to view open dates throughout the season 

Step 8. Select a desired open date by clicking on the calendar date. Use the arrow to go forward or backward by month. Closed dates and dates already reserved are not selectable 

Step 9. After selecting a calendar date, select the time. For purposes of the reservation system, big game hunting begins at 0600 and bird hunting at 0900. In practice, big game hunting begins at the legal hunting time of one-half hour before sunrise and upland bird hunting begins no earlier than 9 am, according to the rules established for the Experimental Farm.

Step 10. On the Confirm your Appointment Screen, click on the “Add a Message” text to the right of the word Access. Enter the name(s) and ALS number(s) and applicable vehicle license plate number(s) of those who will be hunting under this reservation on this date. Please car pool to limit the number of vehicles used.

Step 11. Click the “Book It’ button.

Step 12. If desired, you can click now use the “Book Another” button to begin the process again to reserve another open date for either big game or upland bird hunting. (You are only able to hunt 1 (one) Big Game Hunt and 1 (one) Upland Game Bird hunt per hunter/party member) Follow Steps 6 through 11, as above..

Step 13. Follow this same process to cancel a reservation. Hunters must cancel a reservation that won’t be used at least 48 hours prior to the reservation to allow another hunter to make use of the date. Failure to do so may result in loss of hunting privileges at the Springhill Experimental Farm.

Once your reservation is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation message from Schedulicity.com. Print out the confirmation message and leave it on the dashboard of your vehicle in one of the two designated parking areas at the Farm. Write the names and ALS numbers of all hunters (max of 4) in the party on the printed message. When done hunting for the day, please leave the confirmation message in the drop box provided in the parking area. Please add a note or comment as to whether any game was observed and/or harvested to help us in adapting the hunting access program. We plan to improve upland game bird habitat on the Farm over time so comments on numbers seen and harvested is important to evaluate habitat needs and success in improving numbers.

Your adherence to good hunting ethics and the rules governing hunting access at the MSU Springhill Experimental Farm will go a long way toward keeping the property open to hunting in the future.

Thank you for your participation. Have a safe and enjoyable hunt.

 Comments or questions can be sent to Rose Timmer, GVPF at rosetimmer@gmail.com or 406-581-1544.

MSU Springhill Farm Rules

Steady to Wing Women's Upland Workshop 2023

Steady to Wing Women's Upland Workshop 2023

Dates : Friday - Sunday, September 22-24, 2023

Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever is hosting a weekend of education and empowerment in the upland field for all women.

Unlock your hunting potential with an incredible opportunity! If you've been yearning to explore the thrilling world of hunting but have never had the chance or don't know where to begin, look no further. Join us for an unforgettable experience in the upland field, where you'll receive expert guidance every step of the way. No prior experience is needed, making this the perfect opportunity to embark on your hunting journey. Don't miss out on this incredible adventure!

We welcome you to a taste of what upland hunting can be..

This event sold out in 24 hours in 2022, tickets will be released for sale August 11th at 9am. 

Check out our sponsorship opportunities here

GVPF Young Hunter Program 2023

GVPF Young Hunter Program 2023

Date(s): July 22 - Sept 23, 2023

Hours: Vary depending on location (see youth hunter application for exact dates and times)

Event: Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever Young Hunter Program

The Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever Young Hunter Program is one of the best opportunities for youth in Montana to learn how to properly shoot a shotgun and hunt Pheasants & other game birds. It is spread over 5 Saturdays (1/2 day) and 2 evenings in late July, August and September. In the past, we have been able to provide a 1/2 day pheasant hunt behind pointers in September for those who successfully graduate and hope to do so in 2023. The program provides instruction on Hunter safety, proper shooting form, wildlife conservation, bird habitat, bird species, bird dog types and how to care for them in the field, where and how to hunt, shotgun & ammo types and uses, proper care of guns, proper interaction with land owners and how to field dress wild birds. 

Participants will learn to shoot trap, skeet and sporting clays. All guns, ammo, clays, ear/eye protection and instruction is provided free of charge. 

We have room for 15-20 youth students between the ages of 11-15 who have successfully passed Hunter Safety Education course. Applications due by June 15th, 2023, selection begins in June. Participants and one parent or guardian are expected to attend all sessions.

If you have not completed a hunter safety course, you can find a hunter safety class near you at: link

GVPF's Fourth Annual Sip & Bid Fundraiser

GVPF's Fourth Annual Sip & Bid Fundraiser

SAVE THE DATE! In efforts to gather and raise some money for upcoming Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever activities, we're hosting a Sip & Bid. A casual evening outdoors with cocktails, appetizers, raffles, silent auction and a small live auction. THIS IS OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR THE YEAR!

When: Friday, May 31st, 2024 at 5:30pm

Where: 2960 Spring Meadows Drive, Bozeman MT (held outdoors)

Pre-purchase tickets are required. Purchase tickets at the registration link below as we get closer to the event! 

Past Events

GVPF's Third Annual Sip & Bid Fundraiser

GVPF's Third Annual Sip & Bid Fundraiser

Date(s): Friday, June 09, 2023

Hours: 5:30 PM

Event: GVPF's Third Annual Sip & Bid Fundraiser

GVPF's Second Annual Sip & Bid

GVPF's Second Annual Sip & Bid

SAVE THE DATE! In efforts to gather and raise some money for upcoming Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever activities, we're hosting a Sip & Bid. A casual evening outdoors with cocktails, appetizers, raffles, silent auction and a small live auction. 

When: Thursday May 12th, 2022 at 5:30pm

Where: 2960 Spring Meadows Drive, Bozeman MT (held outdoors)

Pre-purchase tickets are required. Purchase tickets at the registration link below. 

GVPF's First Annual Sip & Bid

GVPF's First Annual Sip & Bid

SAVE THE DATE! In efforts to gather and raise some money for upcoming Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever activities, we're hosting a Sip & Bid. A casual evening outdoors with cocktails (open bar), appetizers, raffles, silent auction and a small live auction. 

When: Friday, June 25th, 2021 at 6pm

Where: 2960 Spring Meadows Drive, Bozeman MT (held outdoors)

Pre-purchase tickets are required. Purchase tickets at the registration link below. 

Our Live Auction will include: 

  • Five Bourbon Bottle Auction - Purchase a bottle of bourbon as your raffle ticket to win a Benelli Ultralight Weathercoat 20ga. Sponsored by GVPF ($1600 value)
  • Hosted Local Pheasant Hunt: 1 day of pheasant hunting for 2, North of Bozeman on private land, date pre-arranged, 2021 season. Donated by Tim Crawford ($600 value)
  • Custom Reclaimed Cedar & Redwood Adirondack Chairs: set of 2 Adirondack chairs with side table. Donated by Kyle Barner ($400 value)
  • Hosted Local Duck Hunt: 1 day of duck hunting for 2, Hunt to take place prior to mid Nov, 2021. Includes handmade duck call. Donated by High Water Mark Custom Calls, Trevor Welch ($800 value)
  • Georgetown Lake Winter Weekend Getaway: Thurs-Sunday reservations, sleeps 10, 4 Discovery Basin lift tickets. Donated by Chris Haas Real Estate and GVPF ($1402 value)
  • Hosted Local Pheasant Hunt: 1 day hunting for up to 4, 20 planted birds, 2 rooms for 1 night at the Sacajawea Inn with $250 dinner gift card, Nov 6th, 2021. Donated by Sacajawea Hotel, Lazy AC Game Birds and Ron Adlington ($1900 value)
  • Big Sky Getaway: 2 nights lodging at the Black River Condos, Big Sky Resort Lift Tickets for 2, Dinner for 2 at the Cabin in the Mountain Village. 2021/22 Season. Donated by Doug & JoDean Bing, Big Sky Resort, The Cabin ($2050 value)
  • Hosted Highline Pheasant Hunt: 1 day private hunting, 1 day public hunting for 2, 2 rooms for 2 nights in Malta, Hunt between Oct 13-25, 2021. Donated by Wayne Frederickson and Country Inn. ($1550 value)

Our silent auction will include: 

Custom etched bourbon bottle with your name on it, includes 4 glasses

Montana Featherwork framed art

Laurel Hatch Studio framed glycee print

Bosch Hammer Drill/Driver Combo

Johnsonville Sausage Grill

Big Sky Resort Lift Tickets for 2

Sitka Gear

Yeti Coolers

Smith Sunglasses

AND MORE.. 

GVPF Young Hunter Program

GVPF Young Hunter Program

The Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever Young Hunter Program is one of the best opportunities for youth in Montana to learn how to properly shoot a shotgun and hunt Pheasants & other game birds. It is spread over 5 Saturdays (1/2 day) and 2 evenings in late July and August. In the past, we have been able to provide a 1/2 day pheasant hunt behind pointers in September for those who successfully graduate and hope to do so in 2021. The program provides instruction on Hunter safety, proper shooting form, wildlife conservation, bird habitat, bird species, bird dog types and how to care for them in the field, where and how to hunt, shotgun & ammo types and uses, proper care of guns, proper interaction with land owners and how to field dress wild birds. 

Participants will learn to shoot trap, skeet and sporting clays. All guns, ammo, clays, ear/eye protection and instruction is provided free of charge. 

We have room for 15 youth between the ages of 12-15 who have successfully passed Hunter Safety. Applications due by June 15th, 2021, selection begins in May. Participants and one parent or guardian are expected to attend all sessions. 

National Youth Leadership Council Raffle Tickets

National Youth Leadership Council Raffle Tickets

Hayden Lewis is raising funds for PF's National Youth Leadership Council. She represents Montana on this council. She is selling raffle tickets for $10 per ticket or 3 for $20. Winner can choose between a Beretta A400 Xplor 20-gauge or a Lifetime Membership. Tickets need to be purchased by the end of April for a June drawing. Hayden can be reached by email for questions at haydenlewismt@gmail.com or if you prefer to reach out by phone, you can call her mother, Liz Lewis at 406-388-8686.

Purchase Tickets Online HERE!!

What is PF's National Youth Leadership Council? 

The National Youth Leadership Council is made up of 20 young people from around the country that were nominated by their chapter of Pheasants Forever for their community involvement and conservation interests. They are the spokespersons for their age group on hunting and conservation issues and advise Pheasants Forever on youth programs. 

We're so honored to have Montana's Hayden Lewis represent Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever on this council!

Precision Agriculture Webinar

Precision Agriculture Webinar

PRECISION AGRICULTURE MEETS PHEASANTS FOREVER IN MONTANA -- A FREE ONLINE WEBINAR

WEDNESDAY, 10 JUNE 2020 -- 7:00PM

THURSDAY, 11 MAY 2020 -- 9:00AM [SAME INFORMATION WILL BE PRESENTED EACH DAY TO FIT A VARIETY OF SCHEDULES]

  • HEAR ABOUT PRECISION CONSERVATION AND PF’S NATIONAL EFFORT
  • LEARN ABOUT OUR ACTIVITIES DURING OUR PILOT YEAR IN MONTANA. DID YOU KNOW THAT 16,000 ACRES HAVE BEEN EXAMINED WITH TWO COOPERATORS?
  • FIND OUT ABOUT OUR LINKS WITH JOHN DEERE AND WITH MSU
  • SEE EXAMPLES OF YIELD MAPS BEING PRODUCED
  • DISCUSS WHAT’S NEXT

AGENDA:

  • 10 MINUTE INTRODUCTION WITH JIM HOSCHOUER (GALLATIN VALLEY PRESIDENT), CHAD HARVEY (REGIONAL REP FOR MT), & RYAN HEINIGER (PF’S DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE)
  • 20 MINUTE SLIDE PRESENTATION SUMMARIZING MT’S PILOT EFFORT WITH RICK SOJDA (RESEARCH PROF AT MSU & GALLATIN VALLEY HABITAT CHAIR)
  • QUESTIONS MODERATED BY HEATHER BROWER, PF FARM BILL BIOLOGIST
  • 15+ MINUTE DISCUSSION OF NEXT STEPS FOR MONTANA LED BY JIM HOSCHOUER

*** USE THE "REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT" LINK BELOW TO JOIN THE WEBINAR ***

Precision Agriculture Webinar

Precision Agriculture Webinar

PRECISION AGRICULTURE MEETS PHEASANTS FOREVER IN MONTANA -- A FREE ONLINE WEBINAR

WEDNESDAY, 10 JUNE 2020 -- 7:00PM

THURSDAY, 11 MAY 2020 -- 9:00AM [SAME INFORMATION WILL BE PRESENTED EACH DAY TO FIT A VARIETY OF SCHEDULES]

  • HEAR ABOUT PRECISION CONSERVATION AND PF’S NATIONAL EFFORT
  • LEARN ABOUT OUR ACTIVITIES DURING OUR PILOT YEAR IN MONTANA. DID YOU KNOW THAT 16,000 ACRES HAVE BEEN EXAMINED WITH TWO COOPERATORS?
  • FIND OUT ABOUT OUR LINKS WITH JOHN DEERE AND WITH MSU
  • SEE EXAMPLES OF YIELD MAPS BEING PRODUCED
  • DISCUSS WHAT’S NEXT

AGENDA:

  • 10 MINUTE INTRODUCTION WITH JIM HOSCHOUER (GALLATIN VALLEY PRESIDENT), CHAD HARVEY (REGIONAL REP FOR MT), & RYAN HEINIGER (PF’S DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE)
  • 20 MINUTE SLIDE PRESENTATION SUMMARIZING MT’S PILOT EFFORT WITH RICK SOJDA (RESEARCH PROF AT MSU & GALLATIN VALLEY HABITAT CHAIR)
  • QUESTIONS MODERATED BY HEATHER BROWER, PF FARM BILL BIOLOGIST
  • 15+ MINUTE DISCUSSION OF NEXT STEPS FOR MONTANA LED BY JIM HOSCHOUER

*** USE THE "REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT" LINK BELOW TO JOIN THE WEBINAR ***

2020  23rd Annual Banquet & Fundraiser - Postponed

2020 23rd Annual Banquet & Fundraiser - Postponed

Mark your calendars! We have set the date for our 2020 Banquet and Fundraiser.

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, May 9th, 2020.

Drinks, Appetizers, Games & Silent Auction start at 5:30 pm and dinner is served at 7:30 pm.

Live auction will follow dinner.

For more information on becoming a sponsor, auction item donor or volunteer contact Rose Timmer: rosetimmer@gmail.com or 406-581-1544

GVPF Pint Night @ Mountains Walking - Postponed

GVPF Pint Night @ Mountains Walking - Postponed

Come join the Pheasant Phans for a Pint Night sponsoring the Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever at Mountains Walking.  A portion of proceeds go back to the local Gallatin Valley PF chapter to be put to a good cause. We will be hosting a raffle and appetizers for our group so stop by and say hello.

GVPF Pint Night @ Bridger Brewing - Cancelled

GVPF Pint Night @ Bridger Brewing - Cancelled

Come join the Pheasant Phans for a Pint Night sponsoring the Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever at Bridger Brewing.  A portion of proceeds go back to the local Gallatin Valley PF chapter to be put to a good cause. We will be hosting a raffle and appetizers for our group so stop by and say hello. 

GVPF Pint Night @ Nordic Brew Works

GVPF Pint Night @ Nordic Brew Works

Come join the Pheasant Phans for a Pint Night sponsoring the Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever at Nordic Brew Works.  A portion of proceeds go back to the local Gallatin Valley PF chapter to be put to a good cause. We will be hosting a raffle and appetizers for our group, stop by and say hello!

GVPF Pint Night @ Union Hall Brewery

GVPF Pint Night @ Union Hall Brewery

Come join the Pheasant Phans for a Pint Night sponsoring the Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever at Union Hall Brewery.  A portion of proceeds go back to the local Gallatin Valley PF chapter to be put to a good cause. We will be hosting a raffle and appetizers for our group so stop by and say hello. 

2019  22nd Annual Banquet & Fundraiser

2019 22nd Annual Banquet & Fundraiser

Mark your calendars! We have set the date for our 2019 Banquet and Fundraiser.

Here are the details:

When: Friday, April 26th, 2019.

Drinks, Appetizers, Games & Silent Auction start at 5:30 pm and dinner is served at 7:30 pm.

Live auction will follow dinner.

Membership w/ Meal ($85)

Meal ($50)

1 Acre Sponsor ($400)

2 Acre Sponsor ($800)

4 Acre Sponsor ($1,600)

10 Acre Sponsor ($3,200)

Table Sponsor ($750)

For more information on becoming a sponsor, auction item donor or volunteer contact Rose Timmer: rosetimmer@gmail.com or 406-581-1544

GVPF Pint Night @ MAP Brewing

GVPF Pint Night @ MAP Brewing

Come join the Pheasant Phans for a Pint Night sponsoring the Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever at MAP Brewing.  A portion of proceeds go back to the local Gallatin Valley PF chapter to be put to a good cause. We will be hosting a raffle and appetizers for our group so stop by and say hello. 

GVPF Pint Night @ Bridger Brewing

GVPF Pint Night @ Bridger Brewing

Come join the Pheasant Phans for a Pint Night sponsoring the Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever at Bridger Brewing.  A portion of proceeds go back to the local Gallatin Valley PF chapter to be put to a good cause. We will be hosting a raffle and appetizers for our group so stop by and say hello. 

GVPF Pint Night @ Mountains Walking Brewery

GVPF Pint Night @ Mountains Walking Brewery

Come join the Pheasant Phans for a Pint Night hosted by the Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever at Mountains Walking Brewery.  Will will have appetizers and raffle prizes for attendees with our group. A proceed of the evenings beer sales will benefit GVPF! We will be there from 5-7pm, look forward to visiting with you! Please RSVP to Rose so we know how many will be with our group for reserving space and snacks: call or text 406-581-1544 or email rosetimmer@gmail.com. 

2018  21th Annual Banquet & Fundraiser

2018 21th Annual Banquet & Fundraiser

Mark your calendars! We have set the date for our 2018 Banquet and Fundraiser.

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, March 31st, 2018.

Drinks, Appetizers, Games & Silent Auction start at 5:30 pm and dinner is served at 7:00 pm.

Live auction will follow dinner.

For more information on becoming a sponsor, auction item donor or volunteer contact Rose Timmer: rosetimmer@gmail.com or 406-581-1544

2017  20th Annual Banquet & Fundraiser

2017 20th Annual Banquet & Fundraiser

Mark your calendars! We have set the date for our 2016 Banquet and Fundraiser.

Here are the details:

When: Friday, March 31, 2017.

Drinks, Appetizers, Games & Silent Auction start at 5:30 pm and dinner is served at 7:00 pm.

Live auction will follow dinner.

For more information on becoming a sponsor, auction item donor or volunteer contact Rose Timmer: rosetimmer@gmail.com or 406-581-1544

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