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Itinerary for Pryor Mountains Cattle Drives




Sample Itinerary: Spring Cattle Drives - subject to changes
Our spring cattle drive season starts in mid April and ending in mid May with four cattle drives starting in Lovell, Wyoming and ending at our ranch 50 miles north. Our home range is on the southern edge of the Crow Indian Reservation. The ranch is six miles wide and ten miles long encompassing 33,000 acres of mountains, canyons, grassland pastures and breathtaking vistas your camera will not be able to capture. Much of this land is untouched by humans and to imagine back 500 years puts you back hunting buffalo with the Indians.
The ranch is set in the Dryhead Canyon with 100 year old buildings and ranching traditions for four generations.
The challenge of this spring cattle drive will be to trail or move along the path mother cows with their baby calves.
Bring warm winter clothes that can layer for the warm and cold temperatures that bless our wonderful state. Our ranch has a store that stocks items needed to assure guests have items needed to enjoy their stay, this includes: rain slickers, pommel bags, cowboy hats, gloves, sweatshirts, wool vests, sun screen, lip savor and gift items.

Note: We reserve the right to change our schedule when weather makes it unsafe to ride or cattle make it necessary to change our scheduled plans. We have no control over mother nature or horses and cows which are the purpose of this cattle drive and we want the right to alter our schedule to meet these changes if they should occur.
We will take pictures of all the happenings during the week. Copies can be purchased at the end of the week- (about $30)- on CD's to share with your friends. After our Steak dinner on Friday night we take some time to look at these pictures and wrap up our great adventure week.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Pick-up from Billings airport and transfer to Lovell, WY.

Day 2 (Monday): Lovell to Wyoming-Montana Inspection corrals
In the morning, we meet our cowboys and saddle your horses at a set of corrals across the Shoshone River from our farm ground in Lovell. The first day covers the Badlands, just north of Lovell, Wyoming. We end the day at the Wyoming-Montana Inspection corrals for our overnight stop and for the brand inspector to come and inspect all of the brands on all of the cows before we go into Montana. 

Day 3-5 (Tuesday through Thursday): Trailing Cattle to the Ranch
We will be trailing cows and calves the rest of the way to the ranch. You will walk with cows and calves through Horse Thief canyon, near Devil’s Canyon overlook, by Carolyn Lockhart Ranch and across Deadman’s Creek.

Day 6 (Friday): Taking Cattle to Spring Pastures
We will wake up to the beautiful setting of the ranch. We will settle the cows in their new pastures and make sure all the calves have found their mothers. Our ride that day will focus on taking the cows and calves to their spring pasture and enjoy the amazing vistas.

Day 7 (Saturday): Transfer to Billings
On Saturday we will leave at 8:00 in the morning to go back to Billings, Montana by 1:00 p.m.




Sample Itinerary: Fall Cattle Drives - subject to changes
We offer one fall cattle drive to trail our heifers to Wyoming (same route as Spring but reverse). Heifers are female yearling calves who are pregnant and will have their calf in February or March. Our cowboys will take you with them the first two days of that week gathering all of the heifers out of surrounding pastures before we are ready to head down the trail to Wyoming. Weather has a huge influence as to which days we will trail or gather. Fall is a varied season to ride in Montana. The trail home to Wyoming is full of varied temperatures and varied challenges and rugged awesome beauty. This is what REAL cowboy experiences are made of.



2021 CATTLE DRIVES AND WEANING WEEKS
April 25th -May 2nd - Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures. 
May 2nd -9th -  Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures.
May 9th -16th - Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures.
May 16th -23rd - Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures. 
Sept 19th -26th - Gather to bring to the corral Jeff’s cattle to sort, wean, and haul to Wyoming. Pregnancy test and reride pastures to find any cows and calves we have missed.
Sept. 26th -Oct. 3rd - Gather Matt’s cattle to sort, wean and haul to Wyoming.  Reride pastures to find any cows and calves we have missed.
Oct. 3rd -10th - Gather Jen’s cows  and wean calves and haul them to Wyoming.

2021 FALL GATHERING WEEKS
Aug.29th -Sept.5th - Riding outside pastures looking for our cattle. Getting ready to wean.
Sept. 5th -12th - Gather and moving cows from back side. 
Sept. 12th -19th - Moving cows close to ranch. Sorting off neighbor cattle. Getting ready to wean.
Oct. 17th -24th - Getting horses and cattle ready to move to Wyoming for winter.



2022 CATTLE DRIVES AND WEANING WEEKS
April 24th - 30th - Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures. 
May 1st - 7th -  Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures.
May 8th -14th - Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures.
May 15th - 22nd - Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures. 
Sept 18th - 24th - Gather to bring to the corral Jeff’s cattle to sort, wean, and haul to Wyoming. Pregnancy test and reride pastures to find any cows and calves we have missed.
Sept. 25th - Oct. 1st - Gather Matt’s cattle to sort, wean and haul to Wyoming.  Reride pastures to find any cows and calves we have missed.
Oct. 2nd - 8th - Gather Jen’s cows  and wean calves and haul them to Wyoming.

2022 FALL GATHERING WEEKS
Aug. 28th - Sept 3rd - Riding outside pastures looking for our cattle. Getting ready to wean.
Sept. 4th - 10th - Gather and moving cows from back side. 
Sept. 11th - 17th - Moving cows close to ranch. Sorting off neighbor cattle. Getting ready to wean.

Non Riders
Non riding companion can join this adventure and follow the riding group by car. Inquire for more information.
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Pryor Mountains Cattle Drives
Tour Code: CDWY01
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,900.00
Dates : April-May, Sept-Oct

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 10/03 - 10/09 7d / 6n 7 day cattle drive, AP 6 /12 Expired
B 2021 10/17 - 10/23 7d / 6n 7 day fall gathering, AP 6 /12 Expired
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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter horses
Pace: All paces, some long days in the saddl...

Airport: Billings MT
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