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Old 08-05-2012, 08:44 AM
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A guide brings the rifles, 9 hour horseback ride over the mountain into camp from another direction as no guns are allowed to travel in Yellowstone.
Not a problem at this time. I would recommend having them cased and in the trunk, which is the law in most states as well. In reality, as all 3 states of Yellowstone allow open carry of a rifle you could, technically, do that in the Park as well.

New Federal Firearms Law Takes Effect Monday - Yellowstone National Park

Not sure I'd do that, though.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:22 PM
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Dillon,Mt is a good place down BLACKTAIL RD. we had horse droped off to us by BIG SKY horse rentals ,great people these are not out fitters .we got the horses camped and did our own hunt .seen lots of elk.this was 2 yrs ago.plenty of wolves then.
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:34 PM
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I hunted elk in Montana last year in the mountains northeast of Bozeman. My partner and I hunted every day for a week and I never saw an elk... lots of sign, but that was it. My partner saw one small herd at daybreak one morning but couldn't get a good shot and he saw one cow one evening and passed on it. We didn't have a guide, but paid for permission to hunt some land adjacent to Ted Turner's huge ranch. Nice country, but not a great place to hunt elk. I have had my best elk hunting in Colorado, Idaho and New Mexico... I have tags for Wyoming this year and have a guide this time! Good luck...
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:49 PM
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Don't bother to come to Dillon MT, the elk are already coming down into the hay fields, that's over a month early and the Blacktail will be empty by rifle season. The area I hunt usually has a couple camps of hunters, last season there were 8 horse camps and dozens of trucks. Worst hunting ever, every where we went guys would drive around us cause they knew we were locals and we knew where to find elk. Several of the best ranches that were block land did not re up this year because there was so much traffic, accidents and rude people on the roads they were pissed so they locked it down!!!! The one guy was moving his cows and a group of out of state hunters drove into the cows honking their horns and blew them out and then chewed out the rancher for moving his cows on their land while he was hunting
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The MT FWP website Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks :: Hunting has lots of great info on where to hunt. I will second that lots of great elk hunting in MT has been ruined by wolves. Central montana does not yet have a large wolf population yet and has good numbers. The Elkhorn mountains south of Helena averages lots of big bulls. Montana has a big elk herd but access is difficult and hunter success rate hovers around 15%. Your chance of a trohy dramatically increases on private land versus public and national forest.
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[QUOTE=bigngreen;687413]Don't bother to come to Dillon MT, the elk are already coming down into the hay fields,thats over a month early and the Blacktail will be empty by rifle season. The area I hunt usually has a couple camps of hunters, last season there were 8 horse camps and dozens of trucks. Worstot want anybody hunting ever, every where we went guys would drive around us cause they knew we were locals and we knew where tofind elk. Several of the best ranches that were block land did not re up this year because there was so much traffic, accidents and rude people on the roads they were pissed so they locked it down!!!! The one guy was moving his cows and a group of out of state hunters drove into the cows honking their horns and blew them out and then chewed out the rancher for moving his cows on their land while he was hunting [/QUOte

what made the ELK come down so early ? Fire ,weather or what.
can't say that i blame the rancher's ,but i hate it.others told us the MATADOR RANCH did not want anybody on their land
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Don't bother to come to Dillon MT, the elk are already coming down into the hay fields,thats over a month early and the Blacktail will be empty by rifle season. The area I hunt usually has a couple camps of hunters, last season there were 8 horse camps and dozens of trucks. Worstot want anybody hunting ever, every where we went guys would drive around us cause they knew we were locals and we knew where tofind elk. Several of the best ranches that were block land did not re up this year because there was so much traffic, accidents and rude people on the roads they were pissed so they locked it down!!!! The one guy was moving his cows and a group of out of state hunters drove into the cows honking their horns and blew them out and then chewed out the rancher for moving his cows on their land while he was hunting [/QUOte

what made the ELK come down so early ? Fire ,weather or what.
can't say that i blame the rancher's ,but i hate it.others told us the MATADOR RANCH did not want anybody on their land
The area is really dry except for real high and the bottoms, the middle ground where they would be hanging out hardly grew any grass. All the roads getting closed makes corridors for the elk to move down and you really can't cut them of so at the signs of any pressure they move down. The bow hunters have started running up into the mountains and that is all it takes, it used to be we could bow hunt our area and maybe see one other hunter but most of the time it was just us but last year it was a parking lot out there and on top of that guys started running around 2 weeks early "scouting" for rifle season.
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