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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
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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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« 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
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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
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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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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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« 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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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #25 on: February 02, 2018, 04:37:48 PM »
When these guys speak of the mud, heed their warning.  I've had it so bad out there I had to take all my wheels off because they became so out of balance.  I don't drive out there anymore when it gets like that.  It is REALLY bad.  And yes, it is bentonite clay based. 
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« Reply #26 on: February 12, 2018, 09:50:07 AM »
Applied today, we will see if I get drawn
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #27 on: February 12, 2018, 05:23:19 PM »
Applied today, we will see if I get drawn
Even if you dont draw you can still get a leftover tag after a certain date i believe. My boss and 4-5 other guys go every year to Broadus and have tagged out every year. Like has been stated already watch out for the mud and make sure you have a good GPS with property lines. They see a ton of deer and shoot some nice ones each year, all public ground

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #28 on: February 12, 2018, 05:37:46 PM »
If it rains while you are out there stay on the main roads.  The name I heard for the mud was "cleech" which is probably similar to caliche.  It sticks to tires just like polishing compound on a polishing wheel.  Gums up everything.  First year I hunted around Jordan it dropped a couple feet of snow and then melted.  Anything that drove off the main road got stuck.

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« Reply #29 on: February 13, 2018, 11:27:34 AM »
Gotcha
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #30 on: February 13, 2018, 12:05:04 PM »
We have taken a lot of Bucks from there. Do your map study and you will do just fine. We always went the wk before Turkey Day,caught  the rut pretty darn good at that time. If it rains your in for a tougher hunt thats for sure. PM me and I can give you a few  places to check out.
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« Reply #31 on: February 14, 2018, 07:41:07 AM »
Thanks hoping the 84% successful draw happens for me
I'm burned out on not seeing legal animals last few years unless on private
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« Reply #32 on: February 14, 2018, 09:29:45 AM »

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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« Reply #33 on: February 14, 2018, 09:33:07 AM »
Walking off road will work with the .257

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« Reply #34 on: February 14, 2018, 01:27:53 PM »
We call it gumbo cause it donít act like mud. Brought home some of that stuff on everything I had and most of it is still attached. Chains would only make it worst faster
Dry or froze is the only way to move anything IMO

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« Reply #35 on: February 14, 2018, 06:03:13 PM »
So am I hearing go elsewhere ????
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« Reply #36 on: February 14, 2018, 08:49:29 PM »
MADMAX, are you planning on staying in a motel in Broadus, or camping out on some public land far from a paved road?

If you're staying in town and can keep an eye on the weather, you'll be OK.  If it rains, you might have to change it up, find some public land with access via a paved road so you can walk in and hunt.  The roads will dry out pretty quickly once the rain stops, especially if it gets windy (and it will). 

It's a pretty dry area, so it's not like it rains every other day.  October is around 1 inch of precip.  November is about half that.  You are probably more likely to see snow if you're hunting later in the firearm season. 

While I really don't know how the hunting is around Broadus on public land during firearm season, I don't know of anywhere else in the state that is a no-brainer for lots of decent bucks!  Anywhere there is accessible public land and lots of decent bucks, there will be lots of hunters.

See what WPO says, and call the biologist that works in the Custer National Forest and see what he/she says.  Everyone I talked to about hunting Custer NF says it's all road hunters, but I really don't think you'll see many guys in there.

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #37 on: February 14, 2018, 09:50:41 PM »
Montana is getting dumped on with snow this year, thaw/freeze and the more snow....might be a tough year for deer if it continues and spring comes late.


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« Reply #38 on: February 15, 2018, 01:34:47 AM »
I wouldn't worry to much about the mud.  If it does rain stay off the side roads.  Most main roads are gravel and they will be fine.  Yes the mud is bad if it does rain or if it snows and melts but I wouldn't worry to much about it.  I've hunted MT a lot of times and have only had to deal with it a few days out of all of those hunts.
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« Reply #39 on: February 15, 2018, 05:10:35 AM »
Thanks guys
I plan to dry camp and also apply for pronghorn, will see how the draw gods are but appreciate the info
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« Reply #40 on: February 15, 2018, 08:49:47 AM »
Definitely one of the better areas, if not the best for the diy hunter, awesome genetics as well...
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #41 on: February 16, 2018, 11:55:56 AM »
My buddy and I hunted MT last year for the first time.  We hunted around Forsythe and Absarokee.  We both tagged out.  We will be returning to MT in 2018.

Yes, there is mud.  And that crap is like clay; it sticks everywhere to everything.  I still have some in my driveway even today.

We drove down muddy roads with 6-8" ruts.  I had new 34" toyo ATII with 4WD.  I'd start sliding and lose ctrl at speeds over 10 mph.  But yea, drive in the morning when its frozen.  Then come out at night once it freezes again -- if you can't get out earlier.

This was my first time in that stuff; I was freaking out LOL.  My hunting buddy knows how to drive in that stuff so he was putting up with me.  But we didn't get stuck.  Gotta learn to navigate that stuff if you want to go back.  Most roads I saw were mud, not gravel.  Getting stuck in the road is recoverable, but you want to watch out for going around turns and sliding into a ditch.   

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #42 on: February 16, 2018, 12:55:45 PM »
I think I prefer the wet to the dry. When itís dry the red dust gets inside everything. A year later, after several washings and a wet Washington winter you will still be getting red crap running out of your doors and seals.
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #43 on: February 16, 2018, 01:17:47 PM »
I've hunted around Broadus for years.  There is WAY too much being made of the mud on this post.  Don't let it influence your decision to hunt here. 

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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #44 on: February 16, 2018, 01:34:24 PM »
If I get drawn am applying for antelope also and heading there for a couple weeks
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Re: Anybody ever hunt mulies near Broadus MT ?
« Reply #45 on: February 16, 2018, 01:38:31 PM »
You will be fine with a couple of weeks.  A few days rain won't spoil the entire hunt.  It might shut you down for a part of the hunt, but you'll be fine.

If I get drawn and don't get a buck over there in archery season, I just might be in the same area come firearm season!

 

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