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thump&dump
04-11-2011, 08:14 PM
looks like they posted the draws for the nonres and it looks like team thump & dump got some tags. I know this wasn't to surprising considering they had over 1000 left over in the big game combo. nevertheless I am excited to get some tags and I hope we are successful.

Stringmusic
04-11-2011, 11:03 PM
Good to hear you stuck with Montana because of the price increase. You can't go wrong with hunting in Montana.

What area will you be hunting?

eye in sky
04-12-2011, 07:27 AM
My group drew as well. We are excited too. We're looking forward to a trip to the Treasure State to chase some critters to fill our freezers. Maybe if we're lucky we might get a limited tag in June.

MT backcountry hunter
04-12-2011, 01:08 PM
Congrats guys. I figured draw odds would be pretty easy this year after the price raise. Let us know where you will be and Im sure some hints will go your way.

eye in sky
04-12-2011, 05:24 PM
Thanks. We are looking at units 315 & 580.

snortwheeze
04-12-2011, 07:30 PM
Hey guys, my buddy and I drew the big game combo also, and we are pumped! We are looking to do a backcountry archery hunt. I was looking at 362 or possibly 332. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks everyone!

thump&dump
04-20-2011, 08:17 PM
wow! it looks like thee are a few of us Eastman followers that got tags. I am excited, I am thinking that since I am an Idahoan I will stay mainly in the southern part of the state close to the Idaho boarder. Mainly because diesel is at 4.20 now and if it keeps going up it will be hard to travel far distances. any ideas for the southern part would be greatly appreciated. thanks

Futboler
04-28-2011, 03:37 PM
Head into the Anaconda-Pintler backcountry. Plenty of elk and some solid 300 class bulls. A good general season hunt.

Bitterroot Bulls
04-28-2011, 06:37 PM
thump&dump is this a base camp hunt, backpack hunt, or backcountry horse camp?

thump&dump
05-02-2011, 07:33 PM
mainly a base camp hunt, we don't have horses. And we are not a afaid to backpack in for a few days. thanks futboler

Bitterroot Bulls
05-08-2011, 12:57 PM
I like the gravelly range or tobacco roots for your base camp/ spike camp hunt plans.

thump&dump
05-09-2011, 06:07 PM
tnakyou bitterroot bulls I will check those out.

SDbowhunter
05-19-2011, 10:46 PM
are the HD's in the Absaroka's any good our would it be better to head north or west?, I'm a NR and haven't hunted MT before

Bitterroot Bulls
05-20-2011, 12:44 AM
SDbowhunter,

What kind of hunt are you looking for?

SDbowhunter
05-20-2011, 11:15 PM
depends, I want to be able to leave the truck and pack in a little ways but if there's a few roads around it won't bother me, i don't like to drive around much! mostly just want to know where I can find elk, having never been in any country in MT except on the hiways, i would like to know if some of the units are worth my time even to go scout. any help would be great, I can pour over maps all day, but maps don't show you animals. I can hunt hard just don't want to spend a week miles from no where and not see any animals if you know what I mean.

MT Muley
05-21-2011, 01:04 AM
wow! it looks like ther are a few of us eastman followers that got tags. I am excited, I am thinking that since I am an Idahoan I will stay mainly in the southern part of the state close to the Idaho boarder. Mainly because diesle is at 4.20 now and if it keeps going up it will be hard to travel far ditances. any ideas for the southern part would be greatly appreciated. thanks

diesle? boarder? ther? ditances?

Bitterroot Bulls
05-21-2011, 07:41 AM
depends, I want to be able to leave the truck and pack in a little ways but if there's a few roads around it won't bother me, i don't like to drive around much! mostly just want to know where I can find elk, having never been in any country in MT except on the hiways, i would like to know if some of the units are worth my time even to go scout. any help would be great, I can pour over maps all day, but maps don't show you animals. I can hunt hard just don't want to spend a week miles from no where and not see any animals if you know what I mean.

The Absarokas are big country that are best hunted long and deep, usually on horseback. Elk populations are pretty low there right now due to wolf predation. The Bridgers, Bangtails, and Crazies all have elk, and can be hunted in the style you mention. Being flexible, and moving to find the elk is a great strategy.

SDbowhunter
05-21-2011, 09:35 PM
I am willing to travel so hopefully, i can narrow it down to one or two good ranges, I know MT has a lot of nice bulls and a lot of area to cover

SDbowhunter
05-21-2011, 09:46 PM
one more question, I plan on hunting the archery season as well, would any of the regions in the centeral to south central be good for archery?

Bitterroot Bulls
05-21-2011, 11:07 PM
Archery hunting is good everywhere there are elk. The ranges I referenced have some good (even great) bowhunting for elk.

thump&dump
05-26-2011, 07:17 PM
Thanks MT Mule, I loaded the spell check hopefully I'll do better in the future.

SDbowhunter
05-28-2011, 01:03 PM
Archery hunting is good everywhere there are elk. The ranges I referenced have some good (even great) bowhunting for elk.

Awesome, Well, I have struck out on all my other tags I applied for this year, so I can focus all my attention on MT, I applied for the elkhorn mtns as well so we shall see. Work hard, Scout Hard, and Hunt hard, and maybe I'll find a nice bull. Either way, I know I'll have a great time since MT is so beautiful, I just love being in the Hight Country !