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Old 05-02-2012, 09:38 PM
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Bring plenty of hankies to dry your eyes when you are seeing more wolf tracks than elk tracks. Elk herds are really down.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:56 PM
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Shoot as much as possible and be in the best shape you can. Buy the best boots that you can afford. But first and foremost be in shape. The mountains are wonderful but unforgiving. You will have a great time.

Couldnt agree more. We tend to give rifles a ton of emphasis on this website but with out a good pair of boots and being in shape the rest doesnt matter.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:11 PM
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Getting in shape for climbing the hills is top advice. +1 on having top hiking boots. Are you talking about a back country horse back hunt or day hunts? also early or late season? Some of that country west of Missoula is thicker than dog hair so be prepared for a close shot also if your headed that direction.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:02 AM
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Re: montana elk hunting

Yea there is always that chance we see nothing. We bought the big game combo so we have chances on deer and upland bird as well.

We are going on day hunts. I already have some boots but I am considering getting some boots make by muck. They are waterproof and very comfortable.

I have my rifle zeroed at 250 yards.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:24 AM
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Yea there is always that chance we see nothing. We bought the big game combo so we have chances on deer and upland bird as well.

We are going on day hunts. I already have some boots but I am considering getting some boots make by muck. They are waterproof and very comfortable.

I have my rifle zeroed at 250 yards.
See if your outfitter will let you hunt any doe, and if so look into an antlerless deer permit. We picked up a doe each for the cost of the state licence with minimal effort.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:48 PM
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Re: montana elk hunting

i'm listing these in order of importance for me-

1) put 50# into a pack & hike up and down stairs for 30 minutes a few times a week. i killed the bull below about a mile right of the high point at the upper right of this pic (a mere 5 miles from the truck). the pack out was brutal (but they all are)



2) be prepared to take shots at 400-500 yards- even though you're much more likely to get a close shot over there, the confidence will be invaluable.

i spotted this guy at 800+ yds, but he headed for the trees right after. i was able to get inside 100 in heavy timber before i saw him (bedded). i had been shooting targets at 400 a few days before, so i didn't even have to think about the shot. btw- there was over 8" of snow on the ground 24 hours after this picture was taken.



3) Schnees pack boots- for hiking in mixed terrain & variable conditions there's no better choice (they're comfy & warm as heck, too). this pic was taken a week into rifle season.



4) practice ranging random things at all distances within your comfort zone- and getting your crosshairs on them! elk don't typically give you long to take the shot, so you need to have your LRF dialed & be quick with your rifle (he who hesitates ends up with tag soup). this joker gave me just enough time to get one picture before he bolted into the trees...i had the camera ready- not the



5) find out where you're going to be hunting & spend some time getting to know it on google earth
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