Devil's advocate...but people all over the country come to Montana to hunt ..some from high risk areas and they spend time in and around a lot of our rural communities. You're right, we have a lot of people from WA and CA already here and Bozeangles is a thing in and of itself.
Everyone talks about what gear this or what gear that, how much I should lift/run/shoot, if I should wear my cap flat billed, how many stickers do I need to show everyone I'm an elk hunter, etc. Nothing matters if you can't find the elk. Even locals have these same problems you outlined.