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clark33
04-10-2012, 11:19 PM
I'm looking to do a Montana hunt in 2013. I hunt in NE wyoming every year so I was thinking of trying SE Montana. I was just curious what the public access was like in units 702, 704 and 705. I'll also be doing some more reading on the block managment areas. Any info would be great!

Jon Boy
04-11-2012, 01:04 AM
Look a little more into the block management areas. Some of those areas are huge and only allow a few people to hunt them at a time.

clark33
04-11-2012, 05:07 PM
Hows does that work. Do I call the Regions block management coordinator then call the land owner contact that they give me or do they facilitate the whole getting your name on the list to hunt the area?

Jon Boy
04-11-2012, 05:33 PM
You have to call the fwp office and get the BMA packets that list all of the areas, how large they are, what game they hold, and what general area they are in. There are type I and type II areas. Type I you can hunt with out any contact with the land owner you just have to sign in at the sign in box daily. Type II you have to contact the land owner and get written permission from them. Some times reservations are required.

clark33
04-11-2012, 07:30 PM
Cool, thanks for the info!

hvfd21walker
04-11-2012, 07:40 PM
Block Managements are great public access. Theres also state and federal lands that you want to check out.

Kevin Root
04-11-2012, 09:18 PM
We did ok hunting Custer last year, Southwest Montana. 6 out of seven of us got bucks.

larrylur
04-11-2012, 09:42 PM
One stop shop for maps. Delores Montana atlas. Get one. Shows BLM, state and National forests. After you find an area you want to target, contact BLM office in Miles City for BLM map of exact area. It's kinda piece of mind to double check your location to be sure it is public land.

clark33
04-11-2012, 11:51 PM
I'll have to order that up larrylur, thanks! My buddy hunted down there last year and said he also used a cabelas app for his Iphone that showed federal and state land and your location.. kind of a cool little gizmo. Any pics of the bucks you got off the Custer Natl. Forest?

Kevin Root
04-12-2012, 07:40 AM
I'll have to order that up larrylur, thanks! My buddy hunted down there last year and said he also used a cabelas app for his Iphone that showed federal and state land and your location.. kind of a cool little gizmo. Any pics of the bucks you got off the Custer Natl. Forest?

Below is the buck I took out of Custer National forest in 2011 and some of the views of the areas we hunted typical where we saw deer. We saw bucks every day and saw some big bucks that were too smart for us that got away. Mine was the smallest of the bucks taken in my party last year and I got it a couple miles off the access road. We had a fun time in Custer National forest last year.

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http://i1057.photobucket.com/albums/t387/Kevin_Root/Hunting%20Pictures/330416_2164592638383_1353638974_31900851_147798840 9_o.jpg
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Jon Boy
04-12-2012, 10:28 AM
Nice looking buck Kevin. Good lookin country there as well.

Kevin Root
04-12-2012, 10:44 AM
Nice looking buck Kevin. Good lookin country there as well.

It is some good country and there were some pretty big bucks that we saw too there. It's not that far from Billings either Jon Boy. One buck kept putting the escape sneak on and being solo I had a hard time figuring out how to get him. Guess those big bucks get big for a reason and have some good escape routes. One night we also saw a big whitetail buck in our headlights close to private land but on the Custer public side. Most guys we saw up there don't get far enough off the access roads. Just getting off the access roads a bit was a big key to seeing bucks.

Jon Boy
04-12-2012, 11:33 AM
I may I have to look into that Kevin. Havent made it down that way hunting yet. I hear yuh about those big bucks. I had the same thing happen to me 2 weekends in a row with a masher. I thought I had him for sure the second time but he straight vanished out of thin air. Never even saw him bounding off just vanished. Figured that would be hard to do in the middle of a fairly open burn, I was wrong about that.

Kevin Root
04-12-2012, 12:08 PM
I may I have to look into that Kevin. Havent made it down that way hunting yet. I hear yuh about those big bucks. I had the same thing happen to me 2 weekends in a row with a masher. I thought I had him for sure the second time but he straight vanished out of thin air. Never even saw him bounding off just vanished. Figured that would be hard to do in the middle of a fairly open burn, I was wrong about that.

Yes, in Custer where we were hunting is the same. Big burns from years back with timber stands. Most of those isolated timber held deer. They have their escapes planned well and can see you coming unless you plan the sneak well. Alas the couple times I tried I was busted and he did not come back and I never had time to find where he went. Fun place to hunt.

larrylur
04-12-2012, 12:59 PM
I'll have to order that up larrylur, thanks! My buddy hunted down there last year and said he also used a cabelas app for his Iphone that showed federal and state land and your location.. kind of a cool little gizmo. Any pics of the bucks you got off the Custer Natl. Forest?

Just noticed I typed Delores. It is DeLorme. Atlass and Gazeteer