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    Did a trip last fall. After a lot of research I decided on staying in Sheridan and hunting the tabacco roots. Found out opening morning that there was a lot of hunters, but beautiful country. After talking to an old cowboy in the bar there. We wound up way at the southern end of the gravellys and snowcrest. All I can say is WOW!! The most beautiful country I had ever seen. Still quite a few hunters but most don't want to get too far off the road so didn't have much trouble with competition. Didn't even see another hunter where we were. Second to the last day I had a chance at a nice bull but blew it. Had the time of my life!! No other feeling even comes close to the feeling of being up hiking in the mountains looking for critters! All in all, even though didn't harvest anything, I think I had a very successful trip! Cant wait for this fall!!

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    What month did you go? Archery or Bow. I have found that area to be a great place during archery season.
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    Did a trip last fall. After a lot of research I decided on staying in Sheridan and hunting the tabacco roots. Found out opening morning that there was a lot of hunters, but beautiful country. After talking to an old cowboy in the bar there. We wound up way at the southern end of the gravellys and snowcrest. All I can say is WOW!! The most beautiful country I had ever seen. Still quite a few hunters but most don't want to get too far off the road so didn't have much trouble with competition. Didn't even see another hunter where we were. Second to the last day I had a chance at a nice bull but blew it. Had the time of my life!! No other feeling even comes close to the feeling of being up hiking in the mountains looking for critters! All in all, even though didn't harvest anything, I think I had a very successful trip! Cant wait for this fall!!
    DIY Public land Elk hunts are not for everyone but everyone should try it at least once in their lifetime. And for all those younger guys that say I don't have the time, I don't have the money, I'm out of shape or I don't have the experience to do a trip. I only have a few things to say. Take the time to make a experience, Save the money to make the trip, Get in shape so you will enjoy the hunt and the only way to get the experience is to go and make it happen. Hunt on Mark!!

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    Went during the general Firearms season. It sure looks like it would a great archery hunt. Sure hoping they're gonna have surplus licenses available again this year. May just have to take two trips out there this year!!

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    Southeast Montana is my stomping grounds/ Main hunting area . Primarily east and south of Miles City. South half of Region 7 ,The land ownership is a mix of all types of state and federal land. some in larger chunks some in very small. Lots of private land but a lot of private land entered in the Block management program to allow public access. Not always easy to tell when you have gone from public to private land. Decent road access in many parts but some of the BLM land has poorly maintained roads and some of the other lands restrict off road use.
    Elk- some in the area but most are on private land. some wander onto some of the Block Management Areas but cant count on it..
    There is a herd in the Terry Badlands north of Terry that is mostly BLM and BMA.
    Mule Deer. lots of opportunities , Many large tracts of accessible land . low to moderate hunting pressure depending on where you go.
    Antelope , Not as good as Wyoming but still same comments as for mule deer. Whitetail Deer- there are a fair number of whitetails generally along river bottoms there are a number of Block Management areas along rivers that provide access to private land

    Antelope and Mule Deer numbers are on the rise after a decline a few years ago.

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    2014 hunting season was cold heavy freeze-up with snow last weekend in October stayed cold , frequently below zero with frequent snow falls .overall the winter was not too bad for wildlife though. even though it snowed often it thawed often enough to allow deer to still find food. I think high survival rates. almost all mule deer does seen during 2015 had twins

    2015 Hunting season was warm , few freezes until the weekend before Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving week( last week of hunting season) it got to zero a few days with a little snow then began warming again. Saw one buck chasing a doe 2 weeks before thanksgiving but did not see others till last week of season.

    Will update as I think of more info. feel free to PM me with questions.
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    Can someone please explain to me how the limited entry draw works for non-residents? I currently have one point which I purchased last fall. I plan to put in for an area I probably won't draw. So, I understand I absolutely will draw for the general combo tag. After I secure that general tag, then I put in for the limited entry tag? And what if I don't draw? Am I stuck with the general tag?

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    Only hunted once. First week of November 2014 in SE part of state (Carter County). I am a non resident. Invited to private land to hunt deer. Choice of Muley or Whitetail. I was told that the numbers were down and saw 75 deer the first day. Took a nice Whitetail Buck the second day and my son took a better one the third day. If these numbers were down, dang! Long way for us to travel to kill one deer and quite expensive for license and tag but enjoyed the trip and met a lot of nice people in Ekalaka. I'm from Mississippi and we can kill three bucks and five does per season. I am mainly a bow hunter but do rifle hunt some. I still don't understand why the limits are so stringent when we saw so many animals. We didn't see any racked Muleys worth shooting. Beautiful country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 25contender View Post
    This thread will be for anyone to post there experiences hunting in Montana. Just give a General Area you hunt no honey holes or secret spots. For example NW SW etc. Just give some Idea of what a hunter should expect while hunting that part of the state. Give info on what type of hunt, time of year, weather, toughness of the hunt Etc. Dont be afraid to edit your post to add more information.
    25contender have you hunted in the Bob Marshall ?

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    Yes but it was many years ago. I haven't hunted there in over 20 years. Mark
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    25contender have you hunted in the Bob Marshall ?
    DIY Public land Elk hunts are not for everyone but everyone should try it at least once in their lifetime. And for all those younger guys that say I don't have the time, I don't have the money, I'm out of shape or I don't have the experience to do a trip. I only have a few things to say. Take the time to make a experience, Save the money to make the trip, Get in shape so you will enjoy the hunt and the only way to get the experience is to go and make it happen. Hunt on Mark!!

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    I normally bow hunt for elk in sw montana. We had decent luck this year but then a storm came rolling in and our scent was being pushed all over the place. No elk. We hunt off of our backs in the back country. We normally go in 2-6 miles depending where the elk are hanging and the peaks are as high as 10000 ft. Trailhead is about 6500 so it can be some good exercise! I love the country in sw montana and am satisfied just being out in the mountains even if we aren't having good action. It's always best to bring something home though, this year I found a nice moose shed.

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    Southwest Montana is my main stomping grounds, elk/ deer hunt area 215 along the western side of the Continental Divide.

    Species of animals Elk/Mule deer/Whitetail deer

    Time of year I live here year round and hunt the rifle season. Mid Oct - mid Nov.

    Weather can be quite variable this time of year. I have hunted in this part of the state when the temps have ranged a high in the 30s- 80s during the day to the lows at night being from 15*- 50s. This October the temps have been a few degrees lower than the average (regardless of what the TV talking heads say) and it's been wetter. The average day time temp at 7100 feet has been around 40 – 50 degrees most of the month but with the wind chill it's felt about 5 degrees lower. Night time averages are around 20 – 30 at that altitude.

    Precipitation is normally fairly sparse in SW Montana but we've had more this year than normal. In early to mid October we've seen rain about once a week and we've had several days where we had winds and rain for several days in a row. The winds have been more sever than normal for this time of year, we've several days of 60 mph gusts this October. It looks like it wont be until the last week or two of November before the temps drop and the snow starts but many of the locals expect deeper snow levels than normal due to the higher precipitation amounts. While it's not uncommon for the snows to melt within a day or two at the beginning of the snow season, it will eventually stick and accumulate until February or so.

    Terrain The terrain can vary quite a bit in this are from very flat to very steep and difficult. There are many steep inclines and drainage's to traverse while hunting and being in shape is a must. Cover in this area is mostly everything from willows in the creek/ river bottoms to lodgepole pine as you leave the bottoms. Dead falls are a common problem around this area, especially on the west and north slopes, when the snow covers these dead falls it can be extremely difficult to navigate safely. Rock faces and scree are not common but there are places where they exist. Most creeks and streams are fed by springs and ground water / ground Ice and water can be difficult to find in some areas and easier in others. A water filter system would be a recommendation due to the cattle grazing in many areas. Most grazing cattle are rounded up and brought out of the higher country by mid September.

    Animals In the areas I hunt you see all species of big game. Be prepared to move as many of these animals can cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. Elk numbers seem to be pretty stable but are normally in pockets as are the other big game animals during the rifle season. The rifle season is right after the bow season and the animals are still on the defensive after being pushed by the bow hunters so expect them to prioritize security. You wont see too many elk or deer in the open during the day, they will spend most of their time in small grazing or browsing areas within the trees, don't be surprised if you find them protected by lots of blow downs. Bear attacks are rare but both black and brown bears (grizzlies around here) do exist with far more black bears in the population. Moose are common and for my money are more of a threat than bears, I've had several moose charge me in the last two years and no bears, even though I've seen almost equal numbers of both.

 

 
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