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Drew a Montana mule deer tag

Six-GunSix-Gun Senior MemberPosts: 8,155 Senior Member
Looks like this interesting year just got a bit more interesting. Sometime in Late October/early November, I'll be heading to Montana for some Fall fly fishing and a chance to score a Montana mule deer buck. I drew a party tag for Region 7 with a North Las Vegas police captain friend from church who is from the area. As with every out of state hunt I've ever undertaken, there's a lot of planning involved, and moving in a month and a half from now clearly puts a wrinkle in the timeline.

Have any of you ever hunted over there? My hunting partner has hunted Montana before but has not been there in a while. We will need to get involved in the Block Management program to ensure good access, but the rules get a little...interesting, and I really would like to hear from anyone else who has ever used the great access available under this landowner permission program.

Regardless, this should make for another great Western trip to see the countryside and enjoy some great time with friends.
Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.

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  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,554 Senior Member
    where about will you be going? never hunted there but did a lot of backpacking in the Bitterroots south of Missoula Montana. Beautiful country.

    Sako
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Tom -

    We're staging out of Jordan, but will be fishing in the mountains wherever the wind takes us near Helena. As for the hunting piece, Region 7 encompasses just about everything southeast of the Fort Peck Lake/ the Missouri River. It's a very big region but far less mountainous than the west side of the state (much like Colorado's east/west makeup). With a little bit of luck, we will also draw either a antlelope or antelope B (antlerless) general license, too. The season overlap, which is mighty convenient.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,467 Senior Member
    Sweet!

    I'm from Montana, but have not hunted that area you mentioned. It's an awesome state, though.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Sweet!

    I'm from Montana, but have not hunted that area you mentioned. It's an awesome state, though.

    I can't wait to see it. Every picture I've ever seen makes me more and more jealous of where u grew up. The fact there's so much outdoor awesomeness in every direction is mind-boggling.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    If you find yourself anywhere near the ID panhandle, hit me up.

    Good luck with your hunt!
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    Adam J. McCleod


  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 7,377 Senior Member
    That area is huge!!!! There is so much great hunting in that area.....lots of great public lands. Good luck ... I grew ip in northern wyo, 15 miles from the mt border. I have family all over that area.
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    CaliFFL wrote: »
    If you find yourself anywhere near the ID panhandle, hit me up.

    Good luck with your hunt!

    Will do. Idaho is coming up sometime in the near future. A family friend is a pastor out that way, so I will definitely keep you in mind when I get further out that way (be it this trip or the next).
    Elk creek wrote: »
    That area is huge!!!! There is so much great hunting in that area.....lots of great public lands. Good luck ... I grew ip in northern wyo, 15 miles from the mt border. I have family all over that area.

    That's exactly how my hunting partner describes this region. Tons of territory and lots of deer. It's intimidating when you're totally foreign to a place like this - narrowing down a productive area you've never seen before - but I'm up for the challenge. Besides, it can't possibly be any tougher than trying to find a buck on my Nevada season hunt from a couple of years back. Talk about putting in a lot of boot leather to score a deer! Any way you slice it, it's great to see new places.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • OldReliableOldReliable New Member Posts: 5 New Member
    You will want to try the area near Brusset, lots of Block Management areas that are just sign in and hunt. Also lots of BLM land. Brusset is about 20-30 miles west of Jordan.
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,504 Senior Member
    Sounds like the Missouri Breaks area. Lots of rolling hills and streambeds. Wherever there is a small cluster of brush or woods near a stream, it will be loaded with deer. Mulies and white tales. I haven't hunted there in years, but most of the ranchers I talked to considered deer as vermin and welcomed hunters.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    You will want to try the area near Brusset, lots of Block Management areas that are just sign in and hunt. Also lots of BLM land. Brusset is about 20-30 miles west of Jordan.

    Ah, excellent. That's exactly the kind of block management I'm after. Much of the BM areas are Type II, requiring pre-coordination with the landowner, which is fine, but not always convenient. You see a monster on a piece of land, the odds of having time to find the landowner and get permission before he notices you and/or walks off is slim. We'll definitely true to secure access ahead of time for areas that are like that, but I really like being surrounded by sign-n-hunt sections where you can make a plan on the fly.
    Big Al1 wrote: »
    Sounds like the Missouri Breaks area. Lots of rolling hills and streambeds. Wherever there is a small cluster of brush or woods near a stream, it will be loaded with deer. Mulies and white tales. I haven't hunted there in years, but most of the ranchers I talked to considered deer as vermin and welcomed hunters.

    Thanks for the tip. Sounds a lot like the streambed/brush areas near my fishing spots in Utah. I've had the hell scared out of me by mulies hanging out, bedded yards from the banks in brush piles that blew out when I unknowingly got on top of them. I'll keep my eyes open for similar opportunities out that way.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
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