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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #75 on: March 24, 2023, 02:16:25 PM »
Yeah probably better if he submits solo with 2 pts and you four go in with 0 as a group.

If he draws and y'all don't but he doesn't want to go hunt alone he can get an 80% refund. But he'll be back down to zero points next year.

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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #76 on: March 24, 2023, 02:37:54 PM »
Appreciate the input, I'll probably advise him to submit solo then  :tup:

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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #77 on: March 24, 2023, 07:53:47 PM »
He can apply solo with the stipulation that if he doesn't draw a special elk permit he gets 80 percent back and buys points.
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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #78 on: March 24, 2023, 08:11:53 PM »
 Still on the fence for me.
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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #79 on: March 24, 2023, 08:47:29 PM »
Yeah me too.  With the numbers last year, and the winter being fairly rough it’s a tough call.  Oh yeah the price of the trip and inflation as well doesn’t make it an easier decision.

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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #80 on: March 24, 2023, 09:59:42 PM »
I'm in but I drew last year so I don't expect to get selected. My boys live in Montana so I'll go back for the camp even if I don't draw - kind of seems like an every other year thing with buying points which I think I'm OK with.

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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #81 on: March 24, 2023, 10:46:47 PM »
 We only hunted 5 days this past year, could you find anything over 160 class so ate our tags.

 Numbers are indeed down in the SE, which has led to my apprehension. :twocents:
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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #82 on: March 25, 2023, 07:30:08 PM »
We only hunted 5 days this past year, could you find anything over 160 class so ate our tags.

 Numbers are indeed down in the SE, which has led to my apprehension. :twocents:
Montana manages for opportunity and not for quality. Especially with their 5 week long during the rut seasons. If you are hunting public or Bock Management then a 150-160 buck is exceptional and few and far between. Now if you are limited entry or have special private access that is different. If you are looking for an above 160 average on public access you will be eating a lot of $800 deer tags.
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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #83 on: March 25, 2023, 08:55:06 PM »
One thing I didn't know until last year is that if you apply for the combo and also apply for a special permit for deer or elk and elect to get a refund if you don't draw that special tag is that you lose your points for the combo. Its a nice option to get most of your money back if you don't get your bull tag but just know that the following year you have no points so likely not going hunting then either....It makes sense that you lose your points because you have to draw the combo to have a chance at the special permit but I just never thought much about it until last year when I thought I had two points and was almost guaranteed a combo but didn't draw and realized I had zero points because of the previous years app.... Good luck in the draw...

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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #84 on: March 25, 2023, 10:45:54 PM »
We only hunted 5 days this past year, could you find anything over 160 class so ate our tags.

 Numbers are indeed down in the SE, which has led to my apprehension. :twocents:
Montana manages for opportunity and not for quality. Especially with their 5 week long during the rut seasons. If you are hunting public or Bock Management then a 150-160 buck is exceptional and few and far between. Now if you are limited entry or have special private access that is different. If you are looking for an above 160 average on public access you will be eating a lot of $800 deer tags.

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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #85 on: March 26, 2023, 06:41:29 AM »
Montana has taken a real face plant over the last four years as far as deer numbers.
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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #86 on: March 28, 2023, 06:34:38 PM »
And there goes $1,449… why is there no sore butt emoji?

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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #87 on: March 29, 2023, 06:17:36 AM »
And there goes $1,449… why is there no sore butt emoji?

Definitely a tough one swallow, but what do you do? I have a separate credit card I manage all my applications on.

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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #88 on: March 29, 2023, 07:12:39 AM »
In on the deer/elk combo.. Won't be too sad about money saved if I don't draw  :dunno:

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Re: Montana 2023
« Reply #89 on: March 29, 2023, 06:32:57 PM »
I'm in. But drew last year so not too hopeful.

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