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Unread 11-10-2005, 08:09 PM
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Hunting Montana

If I wanted to go hunting in Montana for Mulies, is it required in the state that I use a guide? If I am not mistaken some guys that I know from Manitoba have gone in the past without a guide. They used one for a year or two then headed out on there own. What are the costs of licensing or can I be directed to a site. One of the hunts I must do in my life is a mulie hunt in the foothills of Montana.


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    Unread 11-10-2005, 09:26 PM
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    Calvin,

    You do not need a guide to hunt in Montana if you are an out of state resident, at this time anyway. They are trying to pass that law though.

    I believe a non resident deer tag is a bit over $200 but not sure.

    There is alot of public land in Montana to hunt but it can be frustrating until you learn the area. If you know someone that knows the land to initially go with you will be many years ahead!! This is why many will hire guides even on public land. That way they learn the ins and outs of the country much quicker.

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    Unread 11-11-2005, 09:12 AM
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    You do not need a guide. Your deer tag will run you around $300.00 not $200.00. There is no law being discussed that I know of to require a guide in the future. Even if it was proposed I doubt it would pass. Eastern Montana is the best place to hunt mule deer. The down side is that it's nearly all private, but through what is called the Block Management Program, you can gain access to more land than you can hunt in a season. If you want to know more about Montana's Block Management Program follow this link.
    http://fwp.state.mt.us/hunting/hunte...n/default.html

    I have to agree though, that the best way to start out is either with a guide or a local willing to take you out. Feel free to ask any more questions if you'd like. I'll do what I can to help answer them.
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    Unread 11-11-2005, 10:46 AM
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    The only thing I would add is that you have to enter a drawing to get a non-resident buck deer tag.

    There are several hunting regions where you can get a doe tag over-the-counter.
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    Unread 11-12-2005, 04:06 AM
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    Also, as a nonresident (like me), you probably won't draw the first year. Buy the bonus point offered and you have a very high chance of drawing in the second year. If not then, with two bonus points you are almost guaranteed to draw (so the Game Dept. has told me). I have one point now, so hopefully will draw next year. Another good thing about eastern Montana is that the season goes into Novermber so you can hunt the mule deer rut IF you can put on enough clothes if the weather turns cold and/or snowy with the late season! Good luck. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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    Unread 11-12-2005, 10:01 PM
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    I thought maybe you'd like a little update. Here's how things went for my oldest boy (age 15) this morning in eastern Montana. Pretty darn nice buck for a kid, then again I think he had a pretty decent guide. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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    Unread 11-13-2005, 03:43 AM
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    Big Sky, Nice buck. What part of "eastern" Montana do you usually hunt in if its not giving your private spots away? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
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