Montana General Season Structure Proposal

I primarily archery hunt bull elk, never really rifle hunted them except for one special permit in my entire life, grew up a mule deer hunter. The first couple weeks of September are my favorite time to do so, have had a lot of success there, and I know guys love the October portion of the archery season for elk, but I typically focus on upland birds and antelope come then usually, while scouting for mule deer.

I think that last week of August would be a fun time to archery hunt bulls as well while they are pattern-able from summer activity and haven’t moved out of some of the more bull only habitat in search of cows, and I’m kind of bummed this year’s season doesn’t open until Sept 7. It also doesn’t hurt my elk B tag hunting at all because I don’t focus on that until after I kill a deer, and only really if I didn’t get a bull with my bow, or the opportunity presents itself while deer hunting. I would probably hunt cows harder in November if I wasn’t hunting deer, which would be a fun meat hunt with buddies.

Just my circumstances, I know it doesn’t line up with the way some others like to do things. I’ll adapt to any changes, especially if they help out mule deer numbers.
I’m in the same boat as you. I think the majority of archery elk hunters just go to likely areas and listen for bugles. I really enjoy getting out in the summer and scouting for bulls. In years like this when the opener is later, summer scouting kind of goes out the window. I’d love to have a consistent opener that was closer to September 1st.
 
85+ pages of responses and by far the VAST MAJORITY are “I want” responses that fits their personal benefits.

I’ve got way more years of experience behind me than I’ve got in front of me and ‘I want’ my 8-10 year old Grandsons to have 1/2 the opportunities that I have had.

We need to stop the nit picking about the group that dedicated their own time and money to form these proposals (which has a snow balls chance in hell of being approved as proposed).

The opposition or better idea guys need to get together and make their proposal and presentation- just like the original volunteer group did.

Have at it boys - this horse is plumb dead and rotten. Let me know where and when your meeting is going to be.
 
I primarily archery hunt bull elk, never really rifle hunted them except for one special permit in my entire life, grew up a mule deer hunter. The first couple weeks of September are my favorite time to do so, have had a lot of success there, and I know guys love the October portion of the archery season for elk, but I typically focus on upland birds and antelope come then usually, while scouting for mule deer.

I think that last week of August would be a fun time to archery hunt bulls as well while they are pattern-able from summer activity and haven’t moved out of some of the more bull only habitat in search of cows, and I’m kind of bummed this year’s season doesn’t open until Sept 7. It also doesn’t hurt my elk B tag hunting at all because I don’t focus on that until after I kill a deer, and only really if I didn’t get a bull with my bow, or the opportunity presents itself while deer hunting. I would probably hunt cows harder in November if I wasn’t hunting deer, which would be a fun meat hunt with buddies.

Just my circumstances, I know it doesn’t line up with the way some others like to do things. I’ll adapt to any changes, especially if they help out mule deer numbers.
I’m with ya, I’m certain I’ll change much in the elk season. If there is a change, as hunters we can adapt.
 
This is also when most of Montana's poaching happens, and it is a lot easier to get away with when you can use legitimate hunting as cover. Much easier to get away with shooting a buck where you shouldn't, fill someone else's tag, shoot more bucks than allowed or even night hunt during the season.
The Rut illegal stuff doesnt stop with mule deer. Years ago in mid Nov near Trego I had killed a decent whitetail with my longbow and by the time I packed it out it was dark. As I drove down the road it looked like I was the only one not using a spotlight. As I rounded each curve the pickup seeing me doused their spotlight until I had passed. They were probably incensed I had interfered with their "hunt".
 
The Rut illegal stuff doesnt stop with mule deer. Years ago in mid Nov near Trego I had killed a decent whitetail with my longbow and by the time I packed it out it was dark. As I drove down the road it looked like I was the only one not using a spotlight. As I rounded each curve the pickup seeing me doused their spotlight until I had passed. They were probably incensed I had interfered with their "hunt".
So true. The one thing with whitetails though, most of the time you have to be quick on the trigger when trying to blast one from the road. Whitetails just do not wait around presenting a target like a mule deer will even when the rut is on. We almost never have poachers doing the blast and dash with whitetails, easily five to one mule deer and we have more whitetails on the ranch then mule deer.
 
So true. The one thing with whitetails though, most of the time you have to be quick on the trigger when trying to blast one from the road. Whitetails just do not wait around presenting a target like a mule deer will even when the rut is on. We almost never have poachers doing the blast and dash with whitetails, easily five to one mule deer and we have more whitetails on the ranch then mule deer.
How many deer get poached every year?

If it occurs in the same spot - ive got a cell cam for you to borrow then.
 
And mt. Voted Tester in? No wonder this thread continues. I moved out in 82. Really sad. Hunted the breaks every year. Can't believe this is mt. And tester will win again? He voted 99% for dementia Joe policies. Grow a pair and Vote!!! Or stfu. So sad.

Thank-you for your support? 😏. Although this proposal is not partisan in origin, content or group members, we have heard a lot of folks, lot of folks saying some very, very nice things about this proposal. It will do some very, very good things for wildlife and hunter distribution in MT and folks are going to be very, very, pleased with the outcome of what may very well be one of the greatest management proposals in recent history.

Heck, last I heard it was so well received even Corn Pop said if it passed he’d stop being a gangster and start hunting mule deer in MT again.

😎😂
 
Thank-you for your support? 😏. Although this proposal is not partisan in origin, content or group members, we have heard a lot of folks, lot of folks saying some very, very nice things about this proposal. It will do some very, very good things for wildlife and hunter distribution in MT and folks are going to be very, very, pleased with the outcome of what may very well be one of the greatest management proposals in recent history.

Heck, last I heard it was so well received even Corn Pop said if it passed he’d stop being a gangster and start hunting mule deer in MT again.

😎😂
I heard that the only reason his kid got caught with the pistol was for bear protection while hunting in Montana
 
Hard to say, I usually catch one or two a year, Last year It was zero, but this is likely do to low deer numbers. Low numbers equal less opportunity to bast and dash. Safe to say that there is far more people that get away than are caught. The chance that a buck will get poached is directly correlated to antler size. A forky can stand next to the road all season and not get shot. A 180 will be lucky to make a day unless he is in sight of a house and even then it is likely he is going to get shot. This buck was standing next to the road on the neighbors one evening. I could have killed him with a spear. The next morning he was poached. Only reason the poacher got caught was some other hunters had seen the buck also and the next day they saw the poacher with the buck on the back of the bumper and recognized the dropping mainbeam and turned them in. Most of the time nice bucks just disappear, never to be seen again. Not all are poached, but too many are.DSCN0797.JPG
 
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