I drew an Elk / Deer combo and was going to go with a friend on a guided hunt but he unfortunately was not as lucky in his lottery chance. Not to let the opportunity go to waste we decided this will be our first elk hunt with deer as the bonus. We opted for a DIY with my buddy along to video for future reference. As you would suspect this isn't going to go well so we need evidence for legal purposes. (LOL )
We found that the public forest lands can accomodate the place to camp (thanks to a call to the local ranger) and the Lewis and Clark National Forest lands sprinkled around the state have good populations and success ratios per FWP population density maps. We had not ordered topo maps yet and are obviously in the initial research stage. We also know nothing can replace field experience but we have the inclination to do this and if we gather enough data it may actually turn out better than expected.
I heard the that the Snowy's and the Judith range may fit the bill. So, my question to the world is.....if you have experience in Montana and where going to hunt a Do-It-Yourself option, what area would you go? I realize that there are a million questions so base the suggestion on the premise that we will camp in the public forest areas and hike in with the only elk experience gained from a ton of reading and TV. Mule deer we had done in the north east section of Montana and were successful. Forget the camping and pack out portion as that we have a handle on.
I am optomistic but being realistic makes all else look better in the end. Ok world, have at it.