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    MT Antelope questions

    I have been thinking about applying for a MT antelope tag, a "trophy" is not really on my radar as much as hunting in new country. I thought about the 700 districts but would really like to hunt them in a different type of terrain, so I thought about the Western side of the state, I have been to Boozeman via Yellowstone so other than that I know nothing of Western MT.

    Could anyone recommend a district that has some cool scenery? By "cool" I mean; mountains in the background, a fun town to hang out in, or something close to Glacier or Yellowstone. Of course public land access/BMA's are important as this would be a DIY hunt. Ideally I would hope to draw no earlier than next year, so I could turn this into a vacation with my wife.

    If I apply this year and draw I will be in sort of a pickle as it will be hard to get back out there before season ends because we are not going on our MT mule deer hunt until mid Nov...so anyone have a district they know of I could apply for that has 0 NR tags!!! Wishful thinking I know, haha.

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    Using an antelope tag as an excuse to hunt new country is something I've done before and really enjoyed. My first antelope was in unit 510 on the foothills of the Crazy Mountains north of big timber; gorgeous setting. Not exactly Western MT but my next three bucks all came from different intermountain valleys in SW MT, including the Madison Valley (Unit 360), Centennial Valley (Unit 330), and the Big Hole (318). The last two bucks were both shot on Block Management land and there was plenty of public as well. The first two were on private. I had a difficult time finding many places to hunt in the Madison Valley.
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    I'll second the Centennial Valley Unit 330 hunt, it was way fun and plenty of places to hunt and we had a chance at a really nice buck but blew it!
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    Here is the goat we ended up shooting, my wife and kiddo are some troopers!

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    Very cool! Thanks guys, I just want something different and MT has the air about it that appeals to me. 330 is very close to West Yellowstone and no doubt would that earn me brownie points with my wife.

    I just need to decided if Im going to apply this year or wait...If I do apply, logically I should apply for the 700's as I am more apt to be able to hunt them if I accidentally do draw.

    woodtick, what time of year did you and the family hunt? Thats exactly what Im looking at doing, though my daughter is not even weaned yet!!!!

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    We hunted opening weekend, I want to say it was around the 6th of Oct?? My daughter is only 2 in that pic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodtick View Post
    My daughter is only 2 in that pic!
    Awesome, just plain awesome!

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    Sad thing is she turns 4 in a couple months and I got hell from Mom and Grandma about buying her a Pink Camo Crickett!!
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    I would say the 330 hunt would probably be my highest recommendation too. The tag is a good excuse to visit the largest uninhabited valley in the lower 48. Plus it's absolutely beautiful country. Plus this unit has a very high proportion of public/block mgmt land to hunt.

    I ended up shooting my buck later in the season. The first trip down in the early portion of the season reveal very few antelope. A couple of weeks later it seemed like they all came out of the woodwork and I looked over many different groups of antelope. A cousin's cousin is a fwp biologist and he said later in the season more antelope seem to show up, which was what I saw.

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    Nice goat and thanks for the pics!!
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