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Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:41:20 PM »
looking for some tips, camping areas and public or block mangement info
PM if you like, I am going solo if drawn

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2018, 12:43:22 PM »
Yep, but only archery on a private ranch.  I go every year.

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2018, 01:19:32 PM »
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2018, 03:07:51 PM »
Randy Newberg has a video on YouTube about deer hunting in that part of Montana. Good video, check it out.

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2018, 08:35:48 PM »
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2018, 08:52:13 PM »
There is a big chunk of the Custer National Forest about 10 miles to the west.  I am not sure how the hunting is there.  I recall a few motels in Broadus and a few bar/restaurants, but there really isn't much around there.  There is an RV park a little west of town near the airport. 
The area is great mule deer habitat (with some whitetails in spots, expecially along the river).  I've not done much looking around for public hunting, but the Montana Hunt Planner is an interactive map that will show public lands (like the WA map).  It may show block management as well, I can't recall. 

Plenty of places to hunt around Broadus and it's great mule deer country.  We are a bit spoiled as the ranch we hunt is over 30 sections, only allows one party per week, and doesn't allow any firearm hunting at all.  It's self guided and run by the rancher, so no outfitter trying to fill every tag. 

Check the dates that you are going and apply for an antelope tag as well.  They are all over that area, and some very nice bucks too.

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2018, 05:32:11 AM »
Thanks guys for the info
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2018, 09:13:53 AM »
Make sure you have a good GPS with very clear boundary lines for public and private. Most of the area around Broadus is very checkerboard. Lots and lots of private. Most people that hunt that area hunt private ranches because the majority of land around there (including almost all of the river bottom) is private. There are a ton of outfitters in the area and lots of big mule deer and whitetail that stay on those ranches. There are some chunks of public that a guy can explore. There are a lot of people that hit them and the densities of deer are much much lower on public land. But it can be done. I wouldn't pass a mature 4 point the first day.
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2018, 01:49:09 PM »
anyone have a better suggestion for Eastern MT ?
solo hunter hunting public or Block management.
I did the Zortman area charlie russell years ago and was less than impressed
so I'm looking for something better for a decent mulie
« Last Edit: January 31, 2018, 05:16:20 AM by MADMAX »
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2018, 07:41:57 AM »
anyone have a better suggestion for Eastern MT ?
solo hunter hunting public or Block management.
I did the Zortman area charlie russell years ago and was less than impressed
so I'm looking for something better for a decent mulie

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2018, 07:47:01 AM »
4 guys
we had a motel in Zortman 2nd week in November for a week
took the dirt roads in for an hour south every morning and getting out glassing and hiking various spots
saw one buck 2pt, lots of does, lots of antelope, elk, birds and prairie dogs

I shot a doe last day
pretty much sums it up
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2018, 08:40:04 AM »
I think MT has block management maps available. Hunt wide open BLM too.
I've hunted Jordan area and Glasgow area. Lot of driving, glassing, and haul ass hunting. Way different than here because you can see a long ways. Many times we take off from the truck at a brisk walk, almost a run, to try to cut off a buck sneaking around a hillside.
Their rut is usually mid-November, almost up to Thanksgiving.
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2018, 09:12:54 AM »
I've hunted some lonely places in Montana that were open to public and the deer were pretty much shot out.

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2018, 10:36:11 AM »
4 guys
we had a motel in Zortman 2nd week in November for a week
took the dirt roads in for an hour south every morning and getting out glassing and hiking various spots
saw one buck 2pt, lots of does, lots of antelope, elk, birds and prairie dogs

I shot a doe last day
pretty much sums it up


that's disappointing to hear I used to hunt that exact area all the time when I lived in Havre it was awesome but that was 25 years ago. I did go back probably 15 years ago and it was still good! :chuckle:. I have family I hunt with in central Montana now so I haven't had a reason to get back there. If you explore anything east of the mountains in Montana you will eventually get into to tons of deer. Go over before hunting season and scout you shouldn't have any problem finding a place.

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2018, 04:06:30 PM »
Call the biologist that works Powder County and see what he/she says about the herd.  I know it's rebounding after some tough years in 2010 and 2011.  There are a lot of deer in the area, I just don't know what the success is on public ground.  The Custer NF is HUGE, and a fire in 2011 in the North end of the NF did have an impact, but I am sure they have recovered by now. 

If I was going to hunt public land with a firearm for mule deer, I would be looking right around Broadus. 
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2018, 04:15:46 PM »
Great info folks
Thanks for all the responses
Much appreciated
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2018, 04:56:01 PM »
Is it "Power County" or "Powder"? Just wondering cuz there's a lot of "Powder" names around there.  :dunno:

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2018, 05:49:46 PM »
Went there last year for the first time.  LOTS of checkerboard private/public land...even some private blocks way up in the Custer National Forest.  Make sure you have a good GPS with the landowner chip in it!  Every nice buck we saw was on private and posted land.  Oh, and the locals DON'T like it when you stop to admire them either!  All in all, it was fun, and we are looking into going somewhere else now.  We met an old-timer over there, he said we were 10 to 15 years too late.
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2018, 05:53:34 PM »
Oh yeah almost forgot.  If you think you have seen mud, and you haven't been over there...you haven't seen mud!  I think it's Bentonite Clay, or something very similar to it.  It's amazing stuff.
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2018, 06:16:50 PM »
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Maybe get another
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2018, 06:34:46 PM »
Is it "Power County" or "Powder"? Just wondering cuz there's a lot of "Powder" names around there.  :dunno:

It's Powder County, like the Powder River.  Fixed my typo!  Thanks!

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2018, 12:32:38 PM »
We've been hunting eastern montana since the early 80s and look forward to going every year. Back in the day we'd pick up 5 tags per person ( Antelope buck and doe, mule deer buck and 2 doe). There were animals everywhere and very few hunters. The number of animals have been greatly reduce however the number of hunters in my opion has stayed the same. For over 30 years we've hunted the same area on the CMR and over the course of 5 days we may see 3 other hunters in the field. We can see the road and on a daily basis will see tons of trucks and ATVs driving to the end of the road. A few get out and look around for a bit before turning around and driving off.

It's wide open country and it seems like everyone thinks to deer just stand out in the open waiting for someone to drive up and shoot them. If you get out of the truck and walk away from the road you will find deer just about everywhere.

Best story is the day my dad walked past some guys sitting at the end of the road in their chairs. They told my dad there was nothing out there. Less than 300 yards away my dad crested a hill and spotted a nice 4 point bedded. Shortly after my dad radioed me to bring the pack boards the guys loaded the chairs into their truck and drove past me as I headed down the trail.

Like I said before, there's very few hunters but seem to be a lot of people driving around.

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #22 on: February 02, 2018, 02:07:26 PM »
Oh yeah almost forgot.  If you think you have seen mud, and you haven't been over there...you haven't seen mud!  I think it's Bentonite Clay, or something very similar to it.  It's amazing stuff.
If it rains you have til about 10:30-11:00 am to get out before roads thaw or wait til 9pm when they freeze again.   That wet clay coats your tires and is slicker than wet ice.

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #23 on: February 02, 2018, 03:38:02 PM »

If it rains you have til about 10:30-11:00 am to get out before roads thaw or wait til 9pm when they freeze again.   That wet clay coats your tires and is slicker than wet ice.
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #24 on: February 02, 2018, 03:47:24 PM »

If it rains you have til about 10:30-11:00 am to get out before roads thaw or wait til 9pm when they freeze again.   That wet clay coats your tires and is slicker than wet ice.

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