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    Montana Unit 215 Antelope

    Hi...I just found out my wife and I drew Unit 215 for antelope in Montana. We had applied there since it was about the toughest unit to draw in the state and was closer to Oregon and my plan was just to earn a point. Well, it was looking like a slow year for tags with only a tag for Utah deer as of late May. In the last few weeks we hit on two Wyoming antelope tags, an Oregon sheep tag, then last week our card was hit for an Arizona deer tag (possibly a Strip tag). Last night we found out my wife and I drew the Montana antelope tags.

    Unit 215 is just east of Deer Lodge, Montana. Does anyone have any insight on this unit? Is the trophy quality good. it was one of the recommended units in Mike Eastman's book on antelope. The draw odds are terrible for the minimal tags given (15 to 25 tags). I will need to make some decisions on how to try to work this hunt in (or not) in the next couple weeks.

    Thanks a bunch for any info you might share. Feel free to PM me.

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    This is getting ridiculous. Will u do my applications next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drelk View Post
    This is getting ridiculous. Will u do my applications next year
    That's funny I have been doing this 25+ years and this is the most crazy year ever, and several of the tags were truly longshots.

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    I've never hunted the unit for antelope but I grew up nearby. You're essentially going to be hunting the strip of dry upland between the Clark Fork valley bottom below and the forested hills above. Though I've seen them all the way to Browns Gulch near the intersection of I-15 and I-90. The herd seems to be doing well as it has expanded all the way to Drummond (they've even added a new hunting unit a few years ago, unit 291, b/c of this. In fact, 215 didn't even exist ten or fifteen years ago.)

    Anyways, with the limited tags offered, it seems trophy quality has been pretty good; even getting the old Eastman's nod. I'm not sure that many 80" bucks will come out of this unit, but I've heard from friends that supposedly there a few Booners runnin around. I think a lot of people that put in for this unit just want an antelope tag that's close to home and when they draw it, they don't put in a ton of time trying to find a good buck. With any sort of effort you should have a good hunt as the unit isn't very big and once you find the antelope, the limited hunting pressure should allow for you and your wife to take some very nice bucks. The hardest part of this hunt is probably drawing the tag.

    Also, you may find a lot of private land where the antelope are, but fortunately this country still has ranchers and farmers that don't give a crap if you hunt on their land as long as you ask first. Of course there are a few A-holes that put orange on every other post, but for the most part I would say that private doesn't necessarily mean off limits. There's probably some good ranches enrolled in Block Management too. In fact, I've heard a few ranchers in the area say that they hate that the antelope have expanded into the area because they think they've brought some sort of yellow weed or something with them that supposedly wasn't in the area til the goats got there.

    Good luck and hopefully you find time for all your tags!
    Can't spell scum without U&M... Go 'Cats!

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    Thanks MSU for the great info. As our schedule stands, I think the very best we will be able to pull off right now is a 1.5 day hunt on the way home from Utah because of other commitments at home. Hopefully it works out. On another forum, a guy emailed me a photo of a beautiful 78" buck he shot in Unit 215 last year. He only hunted a day and a half.

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    I am going to have to give the unit more credit than that... If not the, it's up there for one of the best units in the state. Very few tags and a lot of great bucks running around. The Super tag was filled there 2 years ago. I would give everything you can to spend a little more time there. You just drew one of the hardest tags in the state.

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    Well i can't lie.. I was totally annoyed when i first read this post. But I just looked at your profile and you are a hunter and obviously a good one. Give this unit more time and you will come home with a booner. Let me know if you need anything, I live an hour away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montana View Post
    I am going to have to give the unit more credit than that... If not the, it's up there for one of the best units in the state. Very few tags and a lot of great bucks running around. The Super tag was filled there 2 years ago. I would give everything you can to spend a little more time there. You just drew one of the hardest tags in the state.
    A public apology for being an idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montana View Post
    A public apology for being an idiot.
    I'll give this response a little perspective. I sent Montana a private message telling him the big commitment I have at home that is making scheduling this hunt so difficult. I want to publicly compliment him for his apology. That is truly being a "man". I respect him for that and I hope we move forward as "friends".

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    I used to hunt at Bozeman, a big sky area . I have a home and ranches there. so its little bit convenient for me to go on for hunting.

 

 

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