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About hunting in Montana
The fourth-largest state in the United States, Montana is a hunter’s and outdoorsman’s paradise. Covering 147,000 square miles, Montana is split into distinct eastern and western regions by the Continental Divide. Most of the major mountain ranges (there are at least 100) are in the west. About 60 percent of the state, most of the eastern section, is prairie, but there are a number of isolated peaks and ranges that interrupt the prairie landscape. Huntable species in Montana include black bears, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, Rocky Mountain elk, Shiras moose, mountain goats, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, turkeys, wolves, and bison. There is also excellent hunting for upland birds and waterfowl in most of the state. Montana’s wildlife is well managed, with excellent trophies of nearly every big-game species being taken in the state every year. Some of the largest bighorn sheep in the world come from Montana, especially the Missouri Breaks region; however, drawing odds are extremely low. Hunting in Montana is conducted on both public and private land, and permission is required to hunt on private land. Outfitters and guides must by licensed by the Department of Labor and Industry. To hunt in Montana, you need a general big-game or species license as well as, in some cases, a permit entitling you to hunt in a specific area or type of animal. A Conservation License is also required. Consult with your outfitter and be certain that he or she is able to either provide the needed licenses and tags or instruct you on how to purchase them. Many of Montana’s hunting opportunities are only available through a draw system, which requires planning ahead. In some cases, however, licenses are available for purchase over the counter or outfitters have tags available for nonresident hunters. Big-game animals must be properly tagged before the carcass is removed from the kill site or before the hunter leaves the kill site. Montana requires that all hunters and guides must wear a minimum of 400 square inches of hunter orange visible above the waist. The rule does not apply to archery hunters hunting during the archery-only season, but it does apply to bowhunters hunting during the general big-game firearm seasons. It’s crucial to familiarize yourself with Montana’s hunting regulations before you begin your hunt, even if you are hunting with an outfitter. Rules surrounding season dates and hunt area boundaries can be complex, and because rules often differ from species to species and region to region, be sure to read up on specific regulations for you particular hunt. Find information at Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (fwp.mt.gov) and specific hunting regulations here: http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/regulations/default.html.
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Upland Bird Hunt, 2020, EK United States
All wild birds! These mixed bag upland bird hunts take place from our SE Montana camp. Upland bird hunting here can result in a multi species game bag as pheasant, sharp-tail grouse and Hungarian partridge all reside here. We hunt these birds in December after the big game season closes for the year. An early December hunt here will have you chasing birds that have not been hunted prior to these hunts! We offer a very limited amount of these exciting hunts and you may bring your favorite dog or we can provide one for you. Conditions at this time of the year can be perfect for this type hunt. 2x1 ($1500. each) or 1x1 ($1750.) for a 3 day hunt.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 30 Nov 2020 31 Dec 2020
3 Day Antelope Hunt United States
We hunt pronghorn antelope on large private ranches in Southwestern Montana. This allows our hunters to experience a high quality, memorable hunting experience in one of the most beautiful places out West. You will be hunting in antelope hunting district 338, we've been 100% successful on our rifle antelope hunts since 1998. Archery and rifle hunts available. Stay in our 7 bedroom, 4 bath beautiful lodge near the Crazy Mountains with breathtaking views of 3 different mountain ranges from our wrap around deck. Meals and lodging are included in your all inclusive, fully guided 3 day antelope hunt. Our trophy antelope hunters in the past have had very good success on 15“ + antelope.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 15 Aug 2020 14 Nov 2020
5 Day Management Mule Deer Hunt 1x1 United States
Our mule deer hunts take place in the rolling hills north of Big Timber, MT. Unlike most states, Montana's deer hunting season coincides with the height of the mule deer rut. This can make for a very exciting hunt, often seeing a good number of bucks per day. In the past few years we have seen rapid growth in our mule deer numbers in this area. In an effort to properly manage our herd, we only offer a limited amount of these hunts each year. We strongly encourage our hunters to only harvest mature bucks. This ensures that our younger bucks will have a chance to grow into mature deer. This hunt consists of a lot of time behind optics. We will glass as much country as we can each day. If that big buck is spotted, then we will discuss a way to stalk him. This is a fun hunt and can be very rewarding.
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 25 Oct 2020 29 Nov 2020
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