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Offline jstone

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Montana Deer Crowds
« on: March 05, 2021, 09:14:44 AM »
Three of us are typing to get our deer tags this year. It sounds like the majority of the deer hunters go during the rut. Is that correct?
Would there be less hunting pressure in the last week of October? I know hunting the rut is possibly the best but more people?

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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2021, 09:16:37 AM »
In my one year experience of hunting Montana, we went during the rut and yeah we saw people but no where did it seem over crowded.

At least where we went. All public and some sign in block management places.

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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2021, 09:47:43 AM »
In my experience youll see a higher concentration of hunters around, especially non-residents from the middle to the end of season trying to catch the rut action at its peak.

I can count on one hand the number of people I've actually seen out away from roads 1+ mile regardless of season though over the past 4 years.

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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2021, 09:48:12 AM »
Are you applying for special permit deer areas?

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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2021, 09:54:49 AM »
Yes, rut week will be the most crowded from my experience.  It differs by area, the last time I hunted that week I stopped by a BM property and 16 people had already checked in by daylight and it wasn't a large area.  I imagine 14 of them didn't get out of the truck, but that's a guess.

It's predictable, opening weekend is crowded, Monday through Thursday are best, Friday people start to show up again and weekends are always busier.  Rut week and last week of the season are busier than mid season.

MT has long seasons and that spreads people out, but the areas with good prospects and good access (or close to towns & hotels or campgrounds) will always be the busiest.

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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2021, 11:36:36 AM »
We usually go later in the season too. It is nice being there during the peak of the rut But at the same time it can be frustrating when you see huge groups of does with just a small buck or two and you know the big guy was already shot out of that group. I have friends that always wins for the opener with the thought that none of the box would be shot yet.  but they have started going a week or two later now to try to avoid opening day crowds. There is way more room to hunt so you can usually find an area to yourself. It may not be your first choice of the day but you can guaranteed to get away from people pretty easily by just getting off of the road

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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2021, 05:25:22 PM »
 I think I have hunted Montana 15 or 16 times and I have seen maybe 5 or 6 other hunters in the field. Always there during the rut.
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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2021, 11:37:58 PM »
Iíve gone over the last two years. Last year was the 2nd week of Nov and the year before was the week of Thanksgiving. Had a blast. Enjoyed both times. Where Iím at itís not too crowded and youíll see the same dudes driving the roads, but like most have said, youíll rarely see people out walking. I had a rancher come get me one morning because he said he saw me out walking and thought I might just prefer to ride in his rig with him and his grandson. He was super confused when I told him, thanks so much for the kind offer, but no thanks Iíd rather hike around. Lol..
     Itís such a different experience hunting over there. I just love it !
Side note: the only guys I met out in the field my first year hunting out there was two guys from WA and happened to be members of this forum.. small world ! Haha.

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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2021, 06:09:27 PM »
Anyone have any idea what the lodging situation is like if theyíre already sold out? Can you just pop up a wall tent on public ground?

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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2021, 06:29:55 PM »
Depends on where your going and when
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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2021, 11:08:04 AM »
Anyone have any idea what the lodging situation is like if theyíre already sold out? Can you just pop up a wall tent on public ground?
National forest and BLM yes(for the most part), donít know about state land in Montana


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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2021, 11:12:21 AM »
If you are hunting and have a valid license you can camp on most state land without an additional permit unless it is posted.

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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2021, 12:34:10 PM »
Found an Airbnb but thanks for the replies fellas. Appreciate ya.

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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2021, 12:58:58 PM »
I live over here. I have seen crowds everywhere I have gone. I guess I hunt in the more popular areas. To be honest itís distracting at some points. But you will see game you just have to stick with it to find a nice one.

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Re: Montana Deer Crowds
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2021, 01:30:51 PM »
Opening weekend and the last week are always the busiest in all the areas I have hunted thatís going back to the early 80ís as a resident and then off and on for 30 years as non resident hunter. The last weekend closest to thanksgiving is busiest. Itís all relative when it comes to crowds itís unlikely you will feel itís crowded regardless of timing. A lot of my hunting last 10 to 15 years been on private land of relatives so some of my old public spots could have changed but I doubt it

 


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