Perchman , I dont live in Montana, but I have friends with a ranch in 210 . Since the unit became limited draw for md I have elk hunted in the public land in the John Long mts. many times. Not alot of deer. Way up I might see big bucks early,before the rut. While elk hunting in nov. never saw a good buck or a deer hunter.
Down on the private lands are where the deer seem to go for the rut . The landowners in the areas not leased would occasionally let a deer hunter or two in . the block management areas with limited hunter access is where I saw some dandies , and they aren't alfalfa field bucks .
That being said , I don't apply for the unit because of the rule that the le tags for MD bucks make your tag invalid for md bucks in any other unit .
Thanks johnp for the great info !!
I have worked over that way and just wondered if its worth looking into to hunt.
I have hunted around Helena for a few years ..time for a change..
The special tags are tough on a guy ...and yes they limit hunt areas.
guess im still looking at the regs for a new spot .
When you head out again send me a pm ...would be glad to meet up and have a beer or two.
Thanks again !!