Elk/Deer/Bear hunt Montana 2022

jpcoll01

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Didn't know what section to put this in so dropping in Elk as I will be hunting elk, along with Deer, bear and will have a wolf and lion tag in my pocket just in case. I went to the Libby area of MT for a spring bear hunt this year and didn't see any bears but had a blast, went back in the early fall to the Missoula area with my wife and missed a bruiser bear. I then went to NM later in the season and killed my first elk a nice 6 pt. bull...I passed on a smallish 3pt. muley which was the only deer I had a shot on, the result of all of that is that I am absolutely obsessed with western hunting and planning on putting in some serious time next year.
My plan currently is to apply for a combo deer/elk tag in Montana (I have 1 pt. from this year and will buy one at application so decent chance of drawing a tag I think) will also have a bear, wolf and lion tag in my pocket. I plan on going to the Missoula area of MT in mid-Sept and staying until Mid-Nov. My older two kids will both be in college and the wife and I are bringing the 4 yo (will be 5) and putting him in school for two months in Montana. I work from home on Eastern time so plan to start early each morning and wrap up work by 2-3:00 Mountain time allowing me to hunt most evenings and allow for long weekends to other areas of the state. My wife is super supportive and one of the best spotters I hunt with so she and the kid will be with me sometimes to help glass and just to get time in the mountains with my son (also that little dude is great at cow calling).
Plan is to show up mid-September and start archery hunting (will be a first for me). I have a bow and shoot it fairly often but live in KY and don't like hunting from a tree stand so haven't hunted with the bow yet. I believe I can also carry a rifle in the event I see a bear during archery deer/elk? Plan to follow up with FWP just to confirm. I put in a lot of miles in Eastern KY hills (3-4 miles usually 4 days a week) but nothing I can do about the elevation will just be in the best shape I can and be prepared to suffer a bit.
Looking for feedback on the hunting around Missoula, like I said I got on a huge bear this year but goofed it up because I was winded and jerked the trigger, how is the elk/deer hunting around there? I know there will be a fair amount of people just due to proximity to a population center. Would there be better places to consider? We like the idea of having the river in town, farmers markets, coffee shops, breweries, etc. for evenings so that's why we are leaning toward Missoula.

I want to use this thread to track my research, get feedback and generally document what I hope is an amazing experience. I'm starting to ramble a lot but have a ton more questions! Thanks in advance for anyone who took the time to read through this post, I appreciate it. I will try to repay you by keeping the thread updated and sharing how this whole adventure works out!!
 

jpcoll01

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Getting an elk on a short day trip excursion out of Missoula is one of the most challenging accomplishments in the world of hunting.
Awesome feedback, I found some places this year where I felt pretty isolated BUT I was bear hunting, didn't see a ton of Elk sign. Not really counting on the mid-week evenings being super productive but any time in the field is better than being at home. I do plan on taking several 4-5 day weekends during my time out there.
 

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