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I hear that area has a bunch of Grizzlies too. I've also heard that a rifle shot is like ringing a dinner bell to them. That would be exciting.....

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Thanks, Exbiologist for a very thorough answer. With those unit numbers, i can go back and review the Regs and see what works best.

in regards to your goal of getting a deer in every state, I believe its been Jim Zumbo's goal to hunt deer in every state (may have been completed now). Taking a deer, is a whole nother story. That would would be quite an accomplishment and is definitely a lofty goal.

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How far from a road before the 316 boundary starts? A lot of time and effort to bring the pack horses but may be worth it.

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The route into 316 is about 7 miles from the trailhead that I used. It took me about four hours to hike it with all my gear in my pack. It's a good trail, and the elevation gain wasn't significant. As for griz, I never saw one back there, but it seems everyone else I talked to had. Horses would be a definite plus on that kind of a hunt. But you still have to draw the Montana tag, and while you're at you may as well pick up deer and black bear tags too. They will all be open back there.
If you look into it further, the Bob Marshall units may be closer to a road. But I never attempted to hunt up there.

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I have hunted the unit 17 in Idaho starting the 15th of Sept through the end of Sept many yrs in a row now. I have spent time in many other parts of Idaho and this hunt is by far my favorite for a few reasons.
1. The country is beautiful and there are a few places where you can hunt it from trailheads by foot or you can spend all season in there with you pack stock if you want.
2. While the tags are first come first serve and usually sell within a 45 min to 1 hr. There is a way to consistently get them.
3. The Selway B tag allows you to hunt the last half of Sept and then if you are not successful you can go back and hunt the first 11 days of Nov.

I live in Oregon as well and there are a few trailheads within an 8-9 hour drive so it is a little closer than some other states.

I took this buck Nov. 08 about 13 miles from a trailhead in 17.

I took two friends in there this last yr. and I would post a pic of one of the bulls we killed but not sure how to post multiple pics on here.

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Thanks for sharing Gateway,
I was going over my old Montana Regs, and there's several spots where the trail into unit 316 is less 7 miles. In fact, all of the Cooke City area is within the unit, so you literally can hunt from your truck.
Anyway, I took the long route in, but it can be done easier than that, however you still have to draw. Idaho saves you that problem.

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Correct me if I am wrong but isn't Montana on a 2 yr cycle for drawing tags. If you don't draw one year you will for sure the next???

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I've never heard that. When I lived there it wasn't an issue, so I hadn't learned all the ins and outs of the drawing system. Now that I'm away, it's my understanding that they have a bonus point system, so you receive multiple draw opportunities, but still wouldn't be gauranteed a permit in the second year of drawing.
That's my understanding, but the odds may work out to it being very unlikely for you to not draw in your second year.

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Here's the draw odds for Montana....

http://fwp.mt.gov/content/getItem.aspx?id=36458

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Yep, that's how I understood it. Almost 50% chance of drawing the Deer/elk combo with 0 Points, but some poor guy with 5 points still isn't drawing at 83%. But the guys with 4 points all drew. Kinda funny. So like I said before, it's likely that you will draw in the proceeding year, but not gauranteed.

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