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Re: ELK NEWBIE

Well my dreams of a Montana Elk hunt were dashed last year and I didn't draw a tag :( ....But a new year has come and with a preference point up my sleeve I have high hopes as registration for 2010 is just around the corner.

I did make the best of 2009 and hunted white tails in Minnesota and Muleys in SD (see SD muley Post).

The extra time has allowed more research on units and good places to go. I'm planning on unit 313 in Gallatin Nat Forrest, We'll see how it goes this time around.

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Re: ELK NEWBIE

313 is a good spot. A lot of elk around there. I never hunted it much, except a late season one year. When I used to hunt 316, I had to hike about 7 miles through 313 to get to where you could rifle hunt in September.

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Re: ELK NEWBIE

Hi there,

I too am gathering info for a Montana Elk bow hunt... wondering if you've reserched any area's in the Missouri river breaks ?? I heard this is a good place for nice elk & lots of public land - but also read the pressure is quite high. I also have a lead on a friends relative that has a cabin near Red Lodge - I think that area would be 520 - wondering how the elk population, access, and pressure might be there ??

Any help is appreciated - Thanks !!

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Re: ELK NEWBIE

I've got all that information on my site. The breaks are a great place, but the tag is draw only. And if you aren't familiar with Montana's system, you first need to draw the general tag in March, then the limited tag in June. 520 is ok, but the elk density is pretty low, about 1 per sq. mile, not a lot of pressure though and plenty of public land.

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exbiologist wrote:
313 is a good spot. A lot of elk around there. I never hunted it much, except a late season one year. When I used to hunt 316, I had to hike about 7 miles through 313 to get to where you could rifle hunt in September.

Yea I'm considering units 316 and 317 as well -but first I have to draw the general big game combo and then put in for which unit. I have until mid April to decide- they are all said to be good but have some pressure from the expanding wolves in and around Yellowstone.

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Re: ELK NEWBIE

The best advice any out of stater can get on hunting in a new territory is in fact advice from people who know your area already. Up to date advice is best obtained by calling local businesses in that area and asking questions. It doesen't even have to be a sporting goods store because most places in rural Montana are primarly employed by hunters or residents near the area you want to hunt. For example. My father wanted to get a better start on turkey hunting than we did in the previous year so we called a gas station where we wanted to go and they gave us the phone number of a man they all considered somewhat of a turkey guru for that town. Turned out the guy we called was excited to teach new turkey hunters the ways he learned. He then ended up letting us use his 5th wheel camper to stay at his house while he took a week off from work to take us to his favorite spots and help me shoot my first turkey. Not all guys will be like him but if you can tap into a resource like him they will help you more than any mapping software, book or other hunter that has hunted it once before. Hope this helps, good luck.

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"Yea I'm considering units 316 and 317 as well -but first I have to draw the general big game combo and then put in for which unit. I have until mid April to decide- they are all said to be good but have some pressure from the expanding wolves in and around Yellowstone."

Not correct. If you draw the general tag, you can hunt any unit you want, as long as it isn't limited quota.

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Re: ELK NEWBIE

Have good equipment. Spend the money on very good boots!!!!!!!!! Your feet will thank you. Try and get a soft sole and something dry, warm, and comfortable for hiking. Glass glass glass. Cover lots of ground. If you get into elk and cann't get a shot that day, just remember if you don't spook them they will be close by the next morning, usually. Dependant upon pressure. Carry moleskin in your firstaid. Take clothes for all kinds of weather. You can always leave what you don't need in the truck. Be able to shoot from 1-4 hundred yards.

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Re: ELK NEWBIE

well no dice drawing the elk/deer combo for the second year in a row. That makes two preference points to my credit. I'll try again next year.

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me+3 wrote:
Have good equipment. Spend the money on very good boots!!!!!!!!! Your feet will thank you. Try and get a soft sole and something dry, warm, and comfortable for hiking. Glass glass glass. Cover lots of ground. If you get into elk and cann't get a shot that day, just remember if you don't spook them they will be close by the next morning, usually. Dependant upon pressure. Carry moleskin in your firstaid. Take clothes for all kinds of weather. You can always leave what you don't need in the truck. Be able to shoot from 1-4 hundred yards.

Good advice , thanks - I carry duct tape vs moleskin - it works just as good and has many other uses.

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