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Joined: 02/14/2009
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Montana - Elk

A buddy and I are planning to drive out to Montana this fall on a 2 week trip. Departing from NH. Why drive? Because we plan on bringing the dogs with us and it is almost a 1000 bucks for 2 dogs.

We have both put in for the Big Game Combo license and would like to do at least a couple of days of Elk Hunting.

My parents live in St. Xavier and we both have friends in Billings.

I was thinking of trying Zone 4. (416, 446, 452)???

Would anyone be willing to share your thoughts? Should we be applying for special permits in any particular zone or simply stick with the General hunting license?

What should we anticipate, do I need horses?

Any suggestions would be much appreciated and we are both willing to drop some extra money if a local guide is available and is the recommended approach.

Location: Nevada
Joined: 02/07/2009
Posts: 73
Montana - Elk

The Little Belt/Big belt region is a good one with quite a few NR general season tags. As you may know, some of region 4 falls in the Missouri River Breaks. I'd have to double check, but I believe those areas are limited quota elk hunts.

Of the hunt units you mention, 416 has the most public land; however if you do some digging you'll find some Block Management properties in the area as well.

Joined: 02/14/2009
Posts: 10
Montana - Elk

RaghornHS - thank you for the feedback. Yes I did notice that some of Zone 4 has permit restrictions. The more I look at the historical data and region maps the more interested I am in 416. I may see if there are any local guides in White Sulphur Springs that know the area.

My brother could not get the vacation schedule he wanted so he is planning a wilderness hunt on horses in 316 in September.

My buddy is less interested in hunting elk for a full week so we are going to try to hunt 416 for at least 4 days at the start of of the season and then head up to a ranch in Malta for Whitetail.

Probably finish up the tip in St. X. with my parents duck hunting and pheasant hunting around the Big Horn river area.

Location: Montana
Joined: 05/04/2009
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My brother in law and I are both elk guides just a short ways from White Sulphur, though we both live in Helena. If you have the dates you are looking to hunt and how much you are willing to pay for the service, we may be available if it falls on our breaks between already booked hunts.

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