Missouri Breaks Muleys

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by erikljoh, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. erikljoh

    erikljoh Member

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    A few friends and I are thinking of trying the "Breaks" next fall on a do-it-yourself Mule Deer / Lope hunt. Anyone have any experience or comments? We would like to see deer, not really concerned with trophy hunting at this point. Two of us are interested in a potential LR shot. Any comments are appreciated.

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    Erik
     
  2. wapiti13

    wapiti13 Well-Known Member

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    Big E,
    Yes, you can get some long range shooting in the Missouri Breaks area. Depending where you go (Breaks cover a big area), you can shoot as far as you can see in many areas. Drawing a tag in Montana as a non-resident may take 2-3 years with their bonus points. Try the extreme Northeast corner of the state. Tags go into late November, so the muleys are rutting and more exposed. Just had a good friend come back from that area. They saw a lot of bucks, didn't find a monster. Settled for a pair of three year olds on the last day. Son shot a 4X5 and Dad shot a 4X4. If you don't care about "huge", you'll be in heaven over quantity. Lots of BLM and State land opened under a new block program in Montana where the State is paying landowners to allow hunting. Good Luck. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     

  3. erikljoh

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    Wapiti-
    Were they hunting on "public" land?

    I am assuming one can drive out, camp, and hike/glass. We were told with topos and some know how, we should do alright.

    Anyone have recommendation on certain Hunt Units or areas?
     
  4. uncyboo

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    I make a yearly trek to the Glasgow area to fill our "A" tags. I just finished 4 days worth up there and, as Wapiti said, saw lots of bucks, nice bucks, but no true "monsters". Not this year, nor last year. But in 2002 we say 3 BIG bucks that we couldn't get on, so the potential in this area is there. Lots of "Block Managment" areas. This has turned into a real great program for hunters and landowners alike here in Montana. Make sure when doing your research to check with the Montana FWP (Fish, Wildlife, and Parks) and get ALL the info on Block Managment. There are books that include maps showing the locations of the areas, plus landowner info with phone #s and such, as some areas are by appointment only. Most that do will let you reserve your days. Also, State lands, BLM, National Forest, all have hunter access in the state. You just need to do a little research. This is a HUGE area you are interested in, therefore you should encounter many opportunities for game. Good luck!
     
  5. wapiti13

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    Big E,
    Most of the hunting is public land or open private land under the Montana "Block" program. They drove 600+ miles on side roads just spotting & stalking. You must remember that area is slightly rolling country with draws, but mostly OPEN applies. Not the best picturesque, but great mule deer country! Even most of the private land can be accessed with a simple door knock on the landowners door. As far as camping, yes you can camp in the area. Most of my buddies put up in a small town motel or trailer rental(mobile homes parked & rented out)in the area they are hunting. The main problem in the area is getting around if bad weather. If you hit heavy rains, nothing short of a four wheel drive truck with four chains will move. Worst slick, sticky mud you ever encountered. So don't get too far off the main road! Game Dept. & local Chambers of Commerce can help. Also, Montana has a BLM map available showing all the BLM land in the area. Last time I hunted over there, you needed a $6.00 access permit for Federal lands, so you need to do some homework. Hope this helps.
     
  6. Big Sky

    Big Sky <b>SPONSOR</b>

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    BigE, now this is something I know a little about. I live right in the heart of some fantastic Missouri river breaks country. You will see lot's of deer and many bucks. I saw a little over 200 bucks this season, but I do get out a lot. However, this is the first time in a long time I haven't seen a true wall hanger. I passed up many bucks and a few slightly larger than this one I took. I waited until the last few days and settled for this buck. If you would be happy with a buck like this then you will love hunting the Breaks. Your biggest problem will be drawing a tag, not finding deer. I wish you the best of luck in both the draw and the hunt. This photo of my deer this year should give you some idea of just how open this country is.
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  7. samson

    samson Well-Known Member

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    I made my first trip to Glasgow this year and took a nice whitetail along the Milk River. I am assuming that you need to get farther north to get into the Mule Deer? Which area do you hunt?
     
  8. Big Sky

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    Samson, more mulies to the south than to the north of the Milk river.
     
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    Big E,
    Looks like a wall hanger to me! I'm beginning to plan my first Mule Deer hunt for next year. Great job!
     
  10. Big Sky

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    BigE, I don't know how much you and your bud's practice long range shooting, but I have personally taken 3 different hunters from MI. They were all absolutely terrible shots past 175 yards. In fact they missed some EASY shots under 100 yards. It's the most pathetic shooting I have ever seen. I hunt with a lot of different people from a lot of places those MI boys were the worst shots of the bunch. I'm only saying this to emphasize that you need to practice your shots over 200 yards BEFORE you waste all your time and money out here. You will get shots as far as you care to shoot and some further. Just make sure you and your pard's are up for the task.
     
  11. uncyboo

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    BigE, I don't know how much you and your bud's practice long range shooting, but I have personally taken 3 different hunters from MI. They were all absolutely terrible shots past 175 yards. In fact they missed some EASY shots under 100 yards. It's the most pathetic shooting I have ever seen. I hunt with a lot of different people from a lot of places those MI boys were the worst shots of the bunch. I'm only saying this to emphasize that you need to practice your shots over 200 yards BEFORE you waste all your time and money out here. You will get shots as far as you care to shoot and some further. Just make sure you and your pard's are up for the task.

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    Amen.
     
  12. Big Sky

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    uncyboo, the buck in the photo I posted, I shot at 30 yards. I prefer to get close, but I'm prepared to take longer shots if the need arises. You have to love those 50 yards and closer shots. However, I think the guy that posted this thread said they were specifically looking for long range opportunities. They will definitely get them in this country, but I personally still get a real kick out of getting within bow range and then introducing them to my rifle. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  13. bwalker

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    I dont think MI has a monoply on people that cant shoot. Besides I have seen BigE shoot and he can hold his own. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
    BTW I have bee out to the area in question twice. Once out of Winnet and they other time out of Hinsdale. Longest shot was 200 yards or so.
     
  14. uncyboo

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    The "Amen" was for the need for everyone who intends to shoot game at longish ranges need to have plenty of "trigger time". I killed this deer last year (last day of season) just east of Fort Peck. Range was about 75 yds. Rifle is an AR-10 in .243Win. That's one of the great things about this area of Montana. You will have the opportunity to take a shot "as far as you can see", but a lot of times there is enough definition in the terrain to get about as close as you want, too.
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