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Hunt Planner / Re: Seeking Montana Archery Tag help.
« on: May 17, 2021, 08:41:33 AM »
Assuming you drew a general elk tag and are talking about the $10 bow hunting permit.  I can't remember if that is on the tag or not.  You should be able to go into your account and look at items purchased for this year.  If you didn't purchase it that isn't a big deal.  You can buy the bow hunting permit at anytime. 

Hunt Planner / Re: First time Non Resident Montana Elk Hunt
« on: March 30, 2020, 10:43:43 AM »
The general elk tags are good for the whole state.  If you want to hunt one of the limited draw units you would need to apply for a permit to hunt in that unit in addition to getting a general elk tag.  The general elk tag isn't really that hard to get.  They give out 17000 to non-residents tags I think.  It would be hard to get a limited draw permit without points.  With that being said, pretty much all the units in SW Montana are open for the general elk tag.  There are plenty of elk in any of those units and plenty of public land.  There are also a lot of hunters and grizzly bears in some of those units as well.  We seem to be able to consistently find elk but it is getting harder every year to get away from other hunters.  Good luck where ever you choose. 

General Elk Hunting / Re: Do you carry a sidearm?
« on: September 30, 2019, 06:19:59 PM »
I think the ammo you are shooting is just as important. My friend shot the grizzly 4 times in the face/neck area with a 45 long colt While it was chewing on his foot.  So maybe 12 from the end of the gun.   The bear lived. I think maybe wrong choice of ammo.   

General Elk Hunting / Re: Do you carry a sidearm?
« on: September 28, 2019, 11:56:29 AM »
If you are hunting in grizzly country you should carry. Dont rely on bear spray alone. Bear spray is good in certain situations but if the bear surprises you then its to late for bear spray. Carry a postal, know how to use it and make sure you have ammo designed for a bear.  There have been 4 attacks in 10 days on hunters in Montana.

Hunt Planner / Re: Non-Resident elk in Montana
« on: March 16, 2019, 11:36:52 AM »
Thanks.  Corey is right.  It used to be easy to get a tag as a non-resident in Montana.  That is why we have went there for the last 6 years.  Easy to get a tag, lots of elk and not as crowded as Colorado.  That has defiantly changed in the last couple years.  Tags are harder to get and there are a lot more hunters.  At least where we are hunting.

Hunt Planner / Non-Resident elk in Montana
« on: March 09, 2019, 07:33:09 AM »
Does anyone know if applying as a party increases your odds in drawing a non-resident general elk tag?

Hunt Planner / Re: 2019 Montana Elk season Dates
« on: September 19, 2018, 09:07:44 AM »
I'm not sure when rifle season starts but pretty sure the general elk season for archer always starts the first Sat. in Sept.

General Elk Hunting / Bear safe or not
« on: August 23, 2018, 02:42:45 PM »
last year in Montana we got fined for not being safe in camp.  The ranger said that even an empty freezer is consider not bear safe which is why we got the ticket. We had empty freezers setting outside unattended. My question is. Is there a way to make freezers bear safe with have a trailer to put them in.  Is a lock to prevent bears from getting into the freezer going to work?

Hunt Planner / Re: Montana
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:12:33 AM »
Things can change a lot between now and the second week of Sept.  It all depends on what the conditions are when you are there.  It could be very hot and dry the second week of Sept. like it was 2 years ago.  In that case find water close to a bedding area.  That is your best chance.  Last year there were several fires but It snowed a lot the end of the second week where we were.  So the bulls were bugling and active most of the day.  If that happens it will be a great hunt. 

General Elk Hunting / Re: 1st time hunting grizzly country
« on: June 25, 2018, 09:23:01 AM »
If you camp down low and walk in know the rules for bear safety.  We had 2 empty freezers setting in our camp and got a ticket for not having them locked up correctly.  We didn't know even an empty freezer or empty cooler was considered bad.  Other than that those guys pretty much covered it.  I will say that you have a different level of awareness when you are hunting in grizzly country.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Any tips for Montana elk hunting
« on: May 17, 2018, 09:30:33 AM »
Almost exactly what Montanaelk31 said.  I cover a lot of ground, do a fair amount of glassing and I like to hunt really aggressive.  I've missed more opportunities by waiting than I've blown buy being to aggressive.  I don't call a lot though.  I try to locate a group of elk by ether spotting them or getting one to bugle.  Once I've done that I try to move in a close as I can to the herd and wait for one to make a mistake.  I've been busted by plenty of elk but if you stop as soon as you get busted they either stay where their at or don't move off more than a couple hundred yards.  I'm an out of state hunter and have only killed one bull but if I didn't let the nerves get to me and could shoot straight I should have killed 3 bulls out of 4 years. 

General Elk Hunting / Re: MT draw complete for me. Anyone else?
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:12:13 AM »
Heard there were left over non resident tags in Montana that are going to be available May-7th.  Anyone have any idea on how many?

General Elk Hunting / Re: MT draw complete for me. Anyone else?
« on: April 25, 2018, 09:15:53 AM »
Draw a non-resident general elk combo this year.  I have waiting and bought leftovers the last 3 years but last year there wasn't very many leftovers and I almost didn't get one.

General Elk Hunting / Re: URGENT PLS READ!
« on: September 25, 2017, 09:22:02 AM »
Just got back from 9 days in SW Montana.  Didn't have any encounters but did cut some fresh grizz tracks one morning after an over night snow.  Also found a sign that MT fish and game posted that there was a possible wounded grizzly in the area.  It sounds like one of the guys that got attached said he didn't get a shoot off but after they interviewed him a second time a couple days later he admitted he wounded the bear.  All I have to say is it really changes the way you hunt and makes you more aware of your surroundings knowing there is a grizzly bear in the area and it might be wounded!!!

Be careful out there!!

General Elk Hunting / Re: URGENT PLS READ!
« on: September 05, 2017, 07:53:03 PM »
Where about a are you hunting?  Has anyone had any issues in 324 Montana?  We've hunted there the last 3 years and haven't seen a bear but have seen sign that they are there.

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