So all done by Oct 20. No mule deer hunting after that?Id be in favor of a pick your poison all around. District specific, weapon specific, season specific. I like the ND approach to seems similar to Saskatchewan and I personally don't think one could combat their take and structure.
A 900 archery buck tag starting in August would be absolutely awesome. Ending the end of September that would be sweet. After that rifle is 1-20. If you archery hunt that's your choice, if you rifle hunt then you can't archery hunt.
What about choosing weapon? So, to archery hunt the rut, you'd have to give up a rifle tag all together and committ to archery all fall or at least for your special permit unit/season. Kind of like a special permit archery elk, but for mule deer in November and no general tag to fall back on.I think you would want to split the Bow OTC rut hunters up from the "limited" rifle hunter permits by unit or season. Like have 2 "rut" seasons, one early for limited rifle permits and one late for archery OTC, to me that makes the most sense. I can agree with all rest.
What about choosing weapon? So, to archery hunt the rut, you'd have to give up a rifle tag all together and committ to archery all fall or at least for your special permit unit/season. Kind of like a special permit archery elk, but for mule deer in November and no general tag to fall back on.
So all done by Oct 20. No mule deer hunting after that?
I guess I'm not familiar with their mule deer population, hunter #s, success rates or anything. But, here's their season dates.Saskatchewan has I think a 10 day season. For rifle tags, the draw on these areas isn't a slam dunk to draw. Sounds like about every 5 to 7 years. Their muzzy season is also a draw for mule deer as well and I think it is about 3 years or so is about the odds.
Something like that maybe, very restricted.
Yup. You’ve got the first two weeks of the season to try and find a buck when they’re all scarce on the landscape. After that if you want to shoot a buck when they start coming into the open it’s a hard tag to draw.Does every montanan get a general tag?
Sure. Middle of Oct and many of those bucks are plenty safe.Does every montanan get a general tag?
This is a waste of bandwidth, but these are essential IMO to change mule deer hunting for the better:
1. Rifle season ends no later than 10/31. 10/20 or so is better.
2. No doe harvest on public land.
3. Hunters must choose district or zone.
It’s also important to consider how this will impact whitetail deer in the western part of the state. If you shift pressure you’ll need to adjust tag structures.
My apologies. I know I've engaged on this same topic before as well. I just really question every resident getting a rifle tag, regardless of season dates. To me that's the foundational question to all this. Without that change I really don't feel like MTs are gaining that much. Wyoming doesn't offer any rifle mule deer rut opportunity and their success rate overall isn't that far behind MT. Unless I'm missing something? But I'm suspicious (and I could be wrong) that MT simply has too many hunters to be handing everyone a rifle at any point during the fall. Change is going to be hard and I'd just hate to see MT fight for a change and have the results not be all they hoped.Sure. Middle of Oct and many of those bucks are plenty safe.
It's been beaten to death, but pick your weapon, Sept archery, 10 day smokepole hunt in early oct, then 10 day rifle hunt to end before Nov. Then just some draw tags for each in Nov/Dec.