Deer Hunting in Montana HD 418 - South Judith Basin

This 3,585-square-mile EMU encompasses the area in and around the Little Belt Mountains, which are located south and east of Great Falls, and north and east of White Sulphur Springs. Private land, including coniferous elk habitat, surrounds the Little ...

HD 418 - South Judith Basin

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Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
82
 
82
Trophy Potential
16
 
16
Public Access
23
 
23
Ease of Terrain
87
 
87
Room to Breathe
13
 
13
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
12
 
12
Ease of Effort
50
 
50
45
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Access Notes


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Those portions of Judith Basin and Fergus Counties lying within the following-described boundary: Beginning at the junction of US Highway 87 and State Highway 239 near Windham, then south and east along said route to Utica, then southwesterly following the Judith River Road-South Fork Judith River Road (USFS Road 487) to the mouth of Dry Pole Canyon, then up the main fork of the stream course in Dry Pole Canyon to the Mount High Lookout location, then easterly along the USFS Road 382 (Mount High Lookout-Jellison Guard Station Road) to the permanent boundary marker (WheatlandJudith Basin County line) on said road, then east on said line to its confl uence with US Highway 191 (one mile north of Judith Gap), then north on said highway to its junction with US Highway 87 (Eddie

Access varies across the EMU and among hunting districts. Portions of the EMU currently have high road densities, providing easy access by vehicle, but other areas are reasonably remote and better suited to backcountry types of recreation. Public access to private lands on the periphery of the Little Belt Mountains has become very restricted in recent years, resulting in increased hunting pressure on adjacent national forest lands, as well as private lands still open to the public. Some landowners have leased hunting rights to outfitters, and many landowners have just closed their property to hunting altogether or to anybody other than immediate family and friends.

Access to private lands that have elk during the hunting season is especially limited in HDs 413, 416, 540, and the west half of HD 454. In some areas, reductions in elk security on public lands and the closure of large blocks of private land to the general public have resulted in concentrations of elk on private lands during the hunting season where they are unavailable to the general public.

County

Judith Basin, Fergus

Size

480 Square Miles (307,505 Acres)

Land Ownership

23% Public, 12% USFS, 1% BLM, 10% State

Latitude/Longitude

46.8696, -109.9993

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 0 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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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


Deer Over The Counter Hunts (2020)


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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
457
Total Harvest
247
Harvest Male
210
Harvest Female
37
54.1%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A
E
457 247
210
37
Any
Any
NRS
N/A
E
98 45
45
0
Any
Any
RS
N/A
E
359 202
166
37
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.

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Average Temps

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