Montana deer units 704 and 705

Todd10

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4-5 year old deer on public in SE Montana are not called mature, They are called senior citizens.
I have my doubts that I could turn up a four year old buck with more than three points in a week of hunting the toughest county on public and I have been hunting here for 40 years. For some one that is going in nearly blind it is going to be a monumental task. If you are coming to Montana set your sights lower, " I'm really just looking to have a good time and to bring home a deer" is the way to go.
That was my approach when I brought my 10 year old to Montana this past November. Took home a doe and a nice young buck we shot on the last day we were there. Saw lots of deer and my boy had an experience he’ll never forget. The smiles on his face were priceless and the meat was excellent. D4FDDCA0-89C4-417E-9E59-60B50DD0B452.jpeg E61E9970-20FE-4A1D-BAC3-9E3AC1F90FD5.jpeg
 

MNWhitetail

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Tons of land to hunt in these two areas. Pick whether you want to stay in the forest or open country. Lots of deer and little bucks. Would be a very fun hunt for a youth to do. Like others said, don't expect to see a 4-5 yr old buck on public. Do you have any points built up? Draw odds have been getting worse the last 2 years for the general deer tag.
 

Swampdog

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Tons of land to hunt in these two areas. Pick whether you want to stay in the forest or open country. Lots of deer and little bucks. Would be a very fun hunt for a youth to do. Like others said, don't expect to see a 4-5 yr old buck on public. Do you have any points built up? Draw odds have been getting worse the last 2 years for the general deer tag.
Yeah I’ve got enough points to draw the general. I’m looking forward to it
 

burtonsean

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There are a ton of big bucks in both those units. The problem is that there is also a ton of private land and the big bucks know it. Be prepared to get frustrated with the amount of big bucks you see that all you can do is wave to. We asked permission a lot and got denied almost every time. That said, the block management units can be really good. Ended up killing a real good buck on public but I got lucky. A good way to hunt would be to get on the block units that have lots of draws, walk the bottom of the draws, rifle ready. The national forest can be good earlier in the season, later on they drop down with the pressure and weather.
 

lbaldrid

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Hunted this area last year and IMO, your best option would be to hunt earlier in the archery season. I took 3 trips with the first two focused mainly on elk. The first two trips I saw quite a few deer and should have hunted them harder. I came back out during rifle and saw one forky and only a few does. I spent time hiking several miles off the roads as the roads were cruised by hunters galore.
 
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