I AM TRYING TO GET SOME INFO ON AN ARCHERY ONLY SPRING BEAR/TURKEY HUNT IN THE AREA OR AREAS AROUND LIVINGSTON, MT. I PREFER TO DO AN UNGUIDED HUNT ON PUBLIC LAND OR THROUGH THE BLOCK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM. ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANKS, MW
MW, Welcome to BGH.
I can't help you with the spring bear/turkey hunt question but we have plenty of Montanans on here who can. The problem is most of them are out chasen critters with their bows, season opened 9/2. So hang in there and they should be back.
MW you would probably have to do it all on public lands as the BMAs aren't (or don't have to be) open at that time of year. Also we have no archery only season for bear in montana so you still gotta wear the orange. If you do decide to come here third week of season is best and good luck.
You have to get the Region 1-4 Block Management book (order it off the Montana Fish & Parks Website), & start looking. Contact landowners, and they can tell you if they will allow spring hunting. There is plenty of public forest land, I hunted bear south of livingston this past spring and will go back next spring. You have many options in national forest land, do some research on harvest stastics for certain areas, and head out!!!! Observe carefully the advice given by Deddux. We didnt see any bear, and went the second week. Now that is no historical trend, but I will not go before the third again, will prolly wait until the second week of May. Everything is better after the second week of May!!!!
Others have offered up a sighting of roughly 2 inches high at 100 yards as a good sighting scheme. In my own experience I have come to favor a sighting of 3.5 inches high at 100 yards. This allows for the individual to hold dead-on (directly in the middle of the top and bottom) the animal out to roughly 350 yards.
Magnum calibers such as the 7mm Remington and 300 Winchester will extend this slightly. At 400 yards I hold directly on the backbone of the animal. The drop at this range allows the...