MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by schott » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:46 am

MTBighorn wrote:Hello guys... I was wondering if any of you might like to get together to hunt antelope in Montana with our crossbows??

Not many crossbow hunters in MT, so I would like to invite a few of you that might be interested to come play for a week +/-.

I have a 700 acre ranch in South Western Montana that has quite a few pronghorn. There is also lots of public land as well.

The terrain is broken and hilly which allows for a great crossbow hunting experience....unlike the open flatlands of Eastern MT and WY.

It is a lottery draw for the tags, but up to 5 people can apply as a "Party" so if 1 draws a tag...all get a tag.

I am not a guide or outfitter so this will be a DIY, no fee hunt. It will be mostly spot and stalk, or ambush hunting. No hides, blinds or watering holes (unless you bring one)...just friends getting together for some honest hunting.

All you have to do is buy your tags and get here...Motels and grocery stores are 10 miles away or can pitch a tent or trailer camp in the campground -1 mile from the ranch.... right on the Madison River.

Major airport is Bozeman and is 65 miles from the ranch.

There is no crossbow season in MT so we will be treated as rifle hunters and have to wear orange...but the ranch is private.

MT applications need to be in by June 1st, and the season tentatively starts Oct 7th....the earlier the better because the major migration is tapering off by this time.

Anyone interested??? :mrgreen:
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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by IronNoggin » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:19 pm

Extremely Generous Offer!! KUDOS MTBighorn Image

I'll dwell on this one a little...
Just locked in on a 2.5 week jet boat run on one of our remote Northern Rivers. Four men, two jet rigs. Stone Sheep, Caribou, Moose, Mountain Goat & Grizz (if we draw) on the menu. This one runs pretty close behind that, so I'll have to get down & dirty on the cost calculations...

Paul - If I can figure a way to make this work, we should chat... :wink:

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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by paulaboutform » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:40 pm

IronNoggin wrote:Extremely Generous Offer!! KUDOS MTBighorn Image

I'll dwell on this one a little...
Just locked in on a 2.5 week jet boat run on one of our remote Northern Rivers. Four men, two jet rigs. Stone Sheep, Caribou, Moose, Mountain Goat & Grizz (if we draw) on the menu. This one runs pretty close behind that, so I'll have to get down & dirty on the cost calculations...

Paul - If I can figure a way to make this work, we should chat... :wink:

Cheers,
Nog
HOOYAAHH!!!! :D

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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by Carnivorous » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:57 am

I spent the weekend looking through the Montana regs and Maped the route from Ontario...

Antelope with crossbow would be the ultimate hunt!!

I like...

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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by Timbrhuntr » Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:37 pm

Awesome offer. I have hunted turkeys in Montana the last 3 years and this year I am going for mule deer and pronghorn but with my PSE . Hopefully elk in 2018 if you go you will love it people are awesome and still a hunting culture out there. I can't wait to go back in Sept.

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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by Fazan » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:41 pm

Anybody from Toronto / GTA planing to join this group of fine gentlemen?
I would like to do it, but it's a long ways for one guy.

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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by Carnivorous » Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:51 pm

Fazan wrote:Anybody from Toronto / GTA planing to join this group of fine gentlemen?
I would like to do it, but it's a long ways for one guy.
PM sent...
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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by mreyner » Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:54 am

What a hoot it will be. Anyone from mid-west (Iowa) planning on going? As already stated split costs.

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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by tcwild » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:55 pm

Any other year and I would be in, but already have a elk hunt planned this year. Great offer it would be a blast, I haven't had antelope sausage in years.

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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by agingcrossbower » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:58 pm

One heck of a offer. Hats off to you Sir. :D

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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by IronNoggin » Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:59 pm

Couple Quick Questions that I could not find the answer to on the related website:

If successful in the group style draw, do all of those entered have to be present for the hunt to proceed, or can that occur if one or two can't make it?
In BC with a group draw, the hunt can proceed regardless if one (or even two) of those who drew cannot for whatever reason make the hunt. What I am wondering is Montana the same?

I see that there are two requirements prior to entering the draw - Base Hunting License and a Conservation surcharge. What is not clear is when does the actual License fee have to be paid? Upon entering, or only if successful?

Hoping you can shed a little light on these matters...

Wondering here...
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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by Fazan » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:02 pm

Does anybody know answers for Nog's questions?
I guess there is few of us waiting for someone to chime in.

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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by IronNoggin » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:15 pm

Have learned a little more both in communications with MTBighorn and further online investigations...

It appears that up to five folks can put in the same draw together, but all five need not be present for the hunt(s) to proceed. Good news in case someone on your team needs to bail for whatever reason.

Your Base Hunting & Conservation Licenses must be paid before you can apply: $ 25.00 US.

Your Antelope License Fee must be paid at time of application. If unsuccessful, all but $ 5.00 (Application Fee) is returned to you. Cost: $ 205.00 US

Similar to what BC does excluding the handing over of the license fees before drawing. Costs are fairly reasonable IMHO.

Still contemplating on this one, but leaning towards a GO from my end... :D
Not that I "need" to take another Speed Goat, but I have never taken one with an arrow and that possibility is quite appealing...

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Nog
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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by Fazan » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:13 pm

Thanks for clarifying this Nog!

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Re: MT Pronghorn Forum Hunt

Post by Carnivorous » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:25 pm

Thanks for looking in to this. I hope we can make this happen. I've been watching crossbow antelope hunts on YouTube and getting fired up... :)
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