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Out Of State Hunting / Re: Montana Draw Results
« Last post by dvolmer on Yesterday at 11:27:55 PM »
Up until this year it seemed that everyone that put in for the Big Game Combo drew a licence.  I understand that this year is the first year that there were more applicants than tags.  But it shocks me that so many of us on the forum didn't draw.  I know the deer only tags have been harder to get for a few years now but the Combo tags have been close to 100% in years past.  it just seems weird to me that so many people didn't draw this year on the combo tag.  I could understand if 10% didn't draw due to the increase but it seems that close to 50% of the posts on here are un-successful combo's.  Montana must have had a massive increase in applicants for these licenses this year.
Out Of State Hunting / Re: Montana Point????
« Last post by dvolmer on Yesterday at 11:19:06 PM »
Quote from the Montana FWP web sight:  "Applicants may purchase only one preference point per license year. Preference points purchased at the time of application are awarded prior to the drawing."  So it does seem to help you draw the year you buy.  I didn't draw this year, but if I would have spent the $50 for a preference point my odds this year would have been better.  That is how I read it.  This is much different than the way Wyoming and other western states are.  the preference point you buy this year in these states does not help you draw this year but will give you a better odds the next year if you don't draw this year.  i wish I would have known that before I put in.  Live and learn I guess!
Out Of State Hunting / Re: Montana Draw Results
« Last post by MADMAX on Yesterday at 10:44:41 PM »
Deer combo successful
Now I need to figure out how to apply for antelope in region 7
Deer Hunting / Re: Hair Loss Syndrome ?
« Last post by fishnfur on Yesterday at 10:41:20 PM »
This is not shedding. Hair is gone.

On second look, I agree with you.  The hair loss pattern seems to be consistent with Hair Loss Syndrome.  The hair loss occurs  on body areas where the deer can excessively groom themselves.  If they can't lick it excessively, they still often still have hair attached.  It is not considered to be a fatal condition, but the hair loss reduces the affected deer's ability to stay warm/healthy in winter or cold wet weather, which may often lead to death.  Here's the WDFW page on the louse induced syndrome:

Here's a couple of pics from last May of a yearling displaying the same appearance.  From what I've seen in the woods, if they survive the winter, the coat comes back and they appear normal within a short period of time.

Fishing / Re: Fly fishing group takes opratunity away from kids
« Last post by fish vacuum on Yesterday at 10:15:39 PM »
Instead of a worm under a bobber, I guess kids will have to fish a jig or fly under a bobber now. If boats are allowed on this lake then kids can troll any artificial lure just fine. No opratunity lost. They'll even have a better chance at bigger fish now.
See: MEMORIALS / Re: RIP Aaron Blanchard
« Last post by MikeC on Yesterday at 10:09:45 PM »
I know his brother Karl is a huge contributor on this forum, every time I see a post or comment from him I think of his brother. RIP
See: MEMORIALS / Re: RIP Aaron Blanchard
« Last post by Magnum_Willys on Yesterday at 10:03:33 PM »
Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. I hope your family has found some comfort in knowing how many lives you touched and that you died a hero. I hope you are chasing monster bulls in the mountains in the sky. Rest easy.

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  :tup: Thank you Sir.  Thank you Family.  Not Forgotten !
Elk Hunting / Re: Blues bull
« Last post by bigbullshedhunter on Yesterday at 10:03:10 PM »
I didn't shoot it. Seen it at bighorn show
Bear Hunting / Re: Machias' 2018 Idaho Bear Season
« Last post by Machias on Yesterday at 09:45:01 PM »
I'm not sure of when Idaho's season is but I keep checking back hoping to see an update with a dead bear lol! Go get em!

It started the 15th of April.  Generally it takes the bears about a week to find my baits.  I passed on three medium size bears last year and will be doing the same this year.  Holding out for a big boy or a really nice color phase bear, which I see a good amount of in this area.  I'll be putting in a couple more baits over near Avery once the snow leave over there.  The three we put in this weekend are mine and two other guys baits.
See: MEMORIALS / Re: RIP Aaron Blanchard
« Last post by Brushbuster on Yesterday at 09:41:12 PM »
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