Deer Hunting in Montana HD 540 - South Little Belt Mountains

Those portions of Meagher and Wheatland Counties lying within the following-described boundary: Beginning at Harlowton, then westerly along US Highway 12 to Spring Creek-Whitetail Cabin Road (USFS Road 274), then northerly along said road to its intersect

HD 540 - South Little Belt Mountains

Scores


Ease of Drawing
35
 
35
Success
60
 
60
Trophy Potential
19
 
19
Public Access
35
 
35
Ease of Terrain
80
 
80
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
5
 
5
Ease of Effort
51
 
51
56
HuntScore

Access Notes


Bureau of Land Management
US Forest Service
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Forest Service National Grasslands
Indian Reservation
State, County, City; Park and Outdoor Recreation Areas
State Wildlife/Wilderness Areas
Bureau of Reclaimation
Department of the Defense
National Park Service
State
Other Federal Land
Private

Land Ownership
Legend


Those portions of Meagher and Wheatland Counties lying within the following-described boundary: Beginning at Harlowton, then westerly along US Highway 12 to Spring Creek-Whitetail Cabin Road (USFS Road 274), then northerly along said road to its intersection with the Willow Park Road (USFS Road 189), then easterly along said road to its intersection with USFS Trail 603, then easterly along said trail to the Mt. High Lookout Tower, then easterly along USFS Road 382 to a permanent boundary marker (Wheatland/Judith Basin county line) then northeasterly along the Wheatland County line to US Highway 191, then southerly along said highway to Harlowton, the point of beginning.

County

Meagher, Wheatland

Size

584 Square Miles (373,495 Acres)

Land Ownership

35% Public, 28% USFS, 7% State

Latitude/Longitude

46.5904, -110.0916

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 3 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


HuntScore Tip

Public land and private land percentages can sometime be misleading. A unit may have 80% public land, but a particluar species may only occupy 20% on the entire area. And that 20% species distribution may lie 100% within private lands. Does that sound confusing? Just remember that there are always exceptions to the rule, and land ownership is just one piece of the puzzle.

Management Plan

Deer Management Plan

Other Species in Unit

Elk, Mountain Lion,

Photos and Terrain Notes


Unit Elevation Profile

HuntScore generates thousands of synthetic hikes in the unit to create an elevation profile. This profile is what you can expect to experience within a 2 mile hike from a road or trail in this unit.

Elevation in this unit ranges from 4124' to 8235' with a median elevation of 5387'. If you are preparing to hunt this unit you should train for hiking up and down slopes of 5.6%.

Distribution of Slopes From Hikes
Common Slope

This is typical incline or decline experienced while hiking from a road or trail in the unit

Elevation Range
Max Elevation: 8235'
Median Elevation: 5387'
Min Elevation: 4124'

Common Elevation Profiles

Deer Over The Counter Hunts (2020)


Below are OTC hunts available for HD 540 - South Little Belt Mountains.
Residency Species Deer Sex Manner Season Type Dates Notes
RS
M
ANY
G
OTC
all archery only seasons: 09/05 - 10/18, all regular rifle seasons: 10/24 - 11/29
RS
E
ANY
Y
OTC
all archery only seasons: 09/05 - 10/18, all regular rifle seasons: 10/24 - 11/29 Only youth ages 10-15. Not valid on National Forest Lands.
RS
E
ANY
G
OTC
all archery only seasons: 09/05 - 10/18, all regular rifle seasons: 10/24 - 11/29

Deer Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
10
Licenses Drawn
10
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
10
Nonresident Quota
0
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
27%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
Choose a hunt below to take a deeper dive into hunt scores, drawing trends, and harvest data.
Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Quota Drawn Surplus Resident Draw Odds NonResident Draw Odds Min Res. Points Min NonRes. Points Notes
540-00-B
F
ANY
G
10 10 0
27%
0%
0 0

Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
669
Total Harvest
243
Harvest Male
190
Harvest Female
44
36.3%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth Success Rate Days Hunter
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A
E
669 243
190
44
36.32% 5
Any
Any
NRS
N/A
E
163 62
45
17
38.04% 5
Any
Any
RS
N/A
E
506 181
145
27
35.77% 5
HuntScore Tip: Montana tracks antler points of deer. However, they only track spikes and deer with 4 points or more. We wished it was more granular, but you can still tell how many mature bucks are harvested from a particular unit.

Harvests Trends


Overall harvests trends are broken down by hunt_code, manner, season, sex, type, and species of deer (if applicable) to the extent state wildlife managers provide such data.

Total Harvest

Success Rate

Days Per Hunter (To Harvest)

Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

Average Temps

Use temperature ranges to plan and prepare for your hunt. Large swings indicate a good layering system should be used. Be sure to make note of the extreme temperatures as these often pose the greatest risk to hunters. If you plan on hunting in higher elevation, as a rule of thumb, expect the tempture to decrease roughly 5° for every 1000' in elevation gain.

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Precipitation

The probability of precipitation is the likelihood of experience rain, snow, hail, etc... on a given day within the month. A good trick is to invert the probability to estimate how many days will pass, on average, between precipitation events. Hover or click a month to see how many days will pass between precipitation events.

Use the average and maximum precipitation events to set expetations for what rain gear to bring. Also remember that water availability can influence wildlife patterns, so be sure to check out the current weather patterns leading up to your hunt.

Snow

Each month of the year brings it's own challenges for weather. Select a month to see what you can expect and how to prepare for extreme events.

Likely Wind Directions

Wind Speed

Sunshine




Cloud Cover




Other Weather Events

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