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
As a Taxidermist I look at hundreds of Whitetail Bucks every year. I know that I have seen many different ways people judge the size of racks on live deer. I think for the most part they all are pretty close. I'm going to give you some measurements that I have noticed being right on in just about every deer. We have used it in the last couple years and have only been off by about 5-6 inches. We do study the deer while bowhunting so we get a little more time to look at them....