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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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Montana Archery Elk Hunt 2 on 1 '20 United States
Elk hunts take place on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Lands as well as some bordering private ranches. The terrain varies from rolling hills, grasslands, creek bottoms to heavy timbered mountains with semi open parks. Hunting is done with the aid of 4×4 trucks, 4 wheelers and hiking. Archery elk season is in September with heavy timber, good populations of elk and the rut, high opportunities and success are available. 270-320 class bulls. Hunt conducted from tree stands and ground blinds along game trails and water holes. Elk come down from mountain to feed on agricultural fields in the valley like whitetails do. Hunts are not real physically demanding. NO horses. Use Polaris rangers to access stands and blinds. This is a general tag area, application deadline before March 15. No special permit, only bow and arrow license, plus the proper hunting license is required. To purchase a Montana bow and arrow license, a hunter must: provide a certificate of completing the National Bowhunter Education Foundation course or provide any prior years bow hunting/archery stamp, tag, permit or license from any state or province. This 6 day hunting / 7 nights package price per hunter: $4,950.
Trip duration: 8 days
Hunting season: 1 Sep 2020 30 Sep 2020
Waterfowl, 1x1, 2020, MS United States
3 Day 1 hunter/1 guide: $1,750. Duck/Goose combo, Later dates available as well, call for details! Montana is considered a real sleeper state when it comes to waterfowl hunting! Our waterfowl hunts can offer clients fast paced action! We have a solid population of resident birds as well as migrating birds coming down from Canada. You will have the opportunity to hunt for ducks as well as geese utilizing different sets which include both field and water sets from layout blinds and duck blinds. This is a great hunt for groups! Inquire for open dates.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 26 Sep 2020 22 Oct 2020
Upland Bird 2x1, 2020, EK United States
These all wild bird, mixed upland hunts take place from our Ekalaka 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 per day, $525. each or $1500. each for a 3 day hunt.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 1 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2020
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