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Old 03-02-2021, 09:35 AM   #1
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Default Elk hunt Ennis Montana area

A few buddies of mine are wanting me to go elk hunting with them in Montana again this year. It's South of Bozeman MT and just East of Hwy 287 in the Fan and Lone Mountain range. We'll be tent camping and bow hunting. Anyone ever hunted this area and know anything about it? Hopefully we'll get drawn and it be a good area. Putting in as a group.
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Old 03-02-2021, 09:39 AM   #2
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Expect grizzlies.

Gohunt is probably worth the $100 or so to research it if you ask me. Also, check out hunttalk.com. Lots of guys who do western hunts on there. But FYI, if you ask that question on there, you will be told "Good luck, let us know how it goes".
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Old 03-02-2021, 09:52 AM   #3
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If you go to HuntTalk just ask general questions about the area. Pressure, bears , etc.. You'll get better answers then.

Great little distillery there, Willie's Distillery. Their Huckleberry cream is great.
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Old 03-02-2021, 12:04 PM   #4
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I hunted just west of there south of Virginia City , Across the Madison River from Lone Mountain ,in the Gravely Range / Baldy Mountain area . Grizzly's and Wolves got bad last time I was there . Saw Good elk there for 4 years then a sharp Decline , that was about 8-9 years ago , Hopefully they have rebounded ! Little to No pressure over there . Virginia City is a Cool little Gold Mining town, if ya get the chance check it out .
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Old 03-02-2021, 01:53 PM   #5
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I haven't elk hunted there, but I have been fishing there alot. I think that unit is a general NR Combo unit so getting drawn is likely. There are definitely plenty of elk in the area, but I don't know how quickly hunting pressure/snow pushes them down into private in the Madison Valley.

Do y'all have an outfitter that will pack you in? That is all in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. I think there are plenty of Grizzlies, and I would be packing in some system to keep them out of camp as well as spray and pistol.
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Old 03-03-2021, 04:57 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the info men. I'll look into that hunttalk. Maybe I'll get a Grizzly too. LOL.
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Old 03-03-2021, 05:17 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the info men. I'll look into that hunttalk. Maybe I'll get a Grizzly too. LOL.

Iíve literally been told by Montana FWP that you would be better off getting mauled than shooting a Grizz in self defense. If you forget anything go into Shedhorn sports there in Ennis. Itís a great town to spend the afternoon in before heading back home after a hunt. Get some jerky from Deemoís meat, itís the best Iíve found in MT.

There are bears in those hills, no doubt about it. But that keeps a lot of people out of there. There are also some great elk country in that area, but keep a clean camp. Be smart and donít go anywhere without spray or a pistol. Best of luck and post up a thread when you get back, Iíll be in a different part of the state for archery season.

If you burn your legs out, Norris Hot Springs just outside ennis has good cold beer and live music on Friday and Saturday I believe
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:57 PM   #8
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You might check with Bill (formerly from San Jose) here on TBH. He is building a home in the Ruby Valley, west of Ennis. He may can shed some light on that area east of Ennis. Here is his home build thread:

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=727571
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:11 PM   #9
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You might check with Bill (formerly from San Jose) here on TBH. He is building a home in the Ruby Valley, west of Ennis. He may can shed some light on that area east of Ennis. Here is his home build thread:

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=727571

Very good advice, heís on a search and rescue team up there so his advice is real time Iíd imagine.
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Old 04-22-2021, 06:24 PM   #10
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The local warden told me when out of state people call and his advice to hunt in those areas, he says ďdonít do itĒ. I helped pack somebody elseís elk out of that area last fall, thatís tough country with Griz and mountain lions.

The first elk fatality for 2021 was Saturday in West Yellowstone. Iím working on a simulated multi hunter mauling training mission now, just praying we donít have it really happen.

Other than Ďwhere should I huntí, what else can I tell you?


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Old 04-22-2021, 06:32 PM   #11
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Grizzlies have decimated the elk/muley herds in WY and MT for the last dozen years or so according to all the biologist/guides and such.
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Old 04-22-2021, 06:35 PM   #12
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I would love to hunt Montana one day. Good luck
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:12 PM   #13
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Well, we didn't get drawn this year. Fish&Game said they had record number in and out of state licenses
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:14 PM   #14
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Well, we didn't get drawn this year. Fish&Game said they had record number in and out of state licenses
My email from MT said it was a 30% increase in NR this year! My group didnít draw either. Sorry yíall missed out on tags this year
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Old 04-22-2021, 10:22 PM   #15
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Ennis- great little town.

Shedhorn Sports is great for gear and guns. Got my wife a shotgun there last week.

Willies Distillery makes the smoothest honey moonshine this side of heaven.


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Old 04-23-2021, 10:27 AM   #16
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I hunted Just north west of Bozeman last year and there were no grizz and we never saw wolves. Just for reference, Montana general unit tags are usually a guaranteed draw with a preference point. You just buy a point in early fall before applying in the spring. Since you guys did not draw this time you should have a preference point now and should draw next spring.
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Old 04-23-2021, 12:05 PM   #17
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Can't help you with that area of Montana but for me, there are too many good areas to hunt elk without the grizzlies.

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