Hi everyone, I am new to this site. I am from Pa but plan on moving to MT in
a couple of years. I was hoping you guys could give me some info on the
hunting out there, any info on anything is appreciated. Thanks!
Ok my main questions about hunting in MT are: What are the chances of
drawing tags for mt. goat, bighorn shhep, and moose? What is the small
game hunting like? I know it has a good amount of public land but how hard
is it to get permission on private land?? Thanks for any answers!
All depends on where you live in Montana. Public land is your best bet, just do your homework. Plenty of info on line. Private land out east where I am is not simple to access, but far from impossible. Many landowners will let you on and continue to do so, if you play by the rules. Out west may/may not be a different story. I only hunt on public land. Just have to have the legs & desire to get out there off the beaten path. When landowners have property with elk on it, it has been my experience for them to ask $$$ to take an animal (esp. bulls), when a stranger is asking permission. By no means is this the case on all private land, but elk are seen much more as a commodity and enough people WILL pay to take one to make it worth the land owners while to charge. Not me, though. I am young enough to walk and drag my harvest, and more than willing to do so.
If you click on hunting along the top tool bar, and then "Regulations," the 2004 drawing statistics have a link of their own, the 2005 stats are in the 2006 regs book. Keep in mind that this data is what everyone uses to get the best odds, so you may not have as much luck as you think. The numbers you see are the same as everyone else, so if you see an area that had a good tag to applicant ratio, chances are the applicant #'s will go up too. You can research herd numbers too, but I have to leave something for you to find out!!!! Great small game hunting everywhere, this is Montana, after all
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...