Sage Safaris is located near the western edge of the North American Great Plains. The Great Plains were once home to an estimated 30-70 million bison living in North America before the arrival of Europeans. Numerous tribes of Native Americans had a semi-nomadic lifestyle in the plains and depended on the bison for food. Evidence of Native American encampments is still visible in the Sage Safaris hunting area with rock teepee rings and occasional arrow heads and rock hammers. The artifacts are thought to belong to one of the three tribes which historically lived in the area; The Assiniboine, Gros Ventre, and Blackfoot.

Lewis and Clark, possibly the first Europeans to see Montana, passed just 25 miles south of Sage Safaris in the early 1800s on their famous expedition west. By the end of the 1800s the bison population had been reduced to just a few thousand and the Native American tribes were being forced onto reservations giving way to the fur trade and open range ranching. Slowly this gave way to homesteads and farming as the railroad pushed further west. Many of the impressions left by the homesteader's basements are still visible today.

As times became hard and the winters proved long and cold, the less fortunate homesteads were sold and farms and ranches gradually became larger. The land on which Sage Safaris now sits was originally part of the vast Signal Butte Ranch which raised sheep and later, cattle. A large barn as well as the ranch house and bunkhouses for the ranch hands are still visible, but are now home to Great Horned Owls and Hungarian Partridge.

For those wishing to see some of the area’s history first hand please see our day excursions section.

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Sage Safaris LLC

21004 St Joe Rd
Havre, MT 59501

Phone: 1(406) 219-0441