Montana, 2008, DIY, Public Land
As Told By Tony Viator
As we made our way through open Big Sky country, a group of antelope came into view 1000 yards away. My hunting partner, Oren Dorris, picked up his binoculars and said, “Antelope!”
I started glassing the herd and my breath caught as I saw a buck standing to the left of the herd. He was big! Oren had seen him at the same time. He looked at me with a grin and said, “We have to get that buck.”
This hunt actually began 12 years ago when we first decided to do a hunt in Montana. We booked with an outfitter the first two years, hunted mule deer, and fell in love with Montana. The incredible sunsets, majestic views, and wide open country make it an outdoorsman’s paradise. After that, we decided to strike out on our own. We have hunted deer and/or antelope on public land almost every year since then.
We try to keep our hunts simple, hunting out of a tent or motel depending on the area we hunt. We explored BLM, state land, and national forest, and also gained access to good hunting by using Montana’s public access program known as Block Management.
I was more than pleased when we both drew antelope tags this past season. Even better was the fact Oren had drawn a combination big game license. This would allow him to hunt cow elk in the area we planned to spend much of our time. I have to say that I probable enjoy hunting “goats” more that anything else we have hunted. Nothing against deer or elk - both are wonderful animals - but antelope are just plain fun!
For a full account of Oren's adventure, go to page 18 in the August/September 2009 issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.