Deer Hunting in Montana HD 420 - Judith River Wildlife Management Area-Sage Creek

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 420 - Judith River Wildlife Management Area-Sage Creek

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User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
52
 
52
Trophy Potential
13
 
13
Public Access
56
 
56
Ease of Terrain
73
 
73
Room to Breathe
5
 
5
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
39
 
39
44
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Access Notes


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That portion of Judith Basin County lying within the following-described boundary: Beginning at the junction of the Judith River Road and the bridge over the Middle Fork of the Judith River, then westerly along said fork to its confl uence with Yogo Creek, then northwesterly along said creek to Bear Gulch Road, then up said road and trail to Bear Park, then northerly and easterly along the Bear Park Road to the Sage Creek Road, then easterly along said road to its junction with the WindhamUtica Road, then easterly along said road to Utica, then along the Judith River Road to the junction of said road and the Middle Fork of the Judith River, the point of beginning.

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

Size

77 Square Miles (49,544 Acres)

Land Ownership

56% Public, 29% USFS, 1% BLM, 26% State

Latitude/Longitude

46.9300, -110.2672

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 0 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,

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Deer Over The Counter Hunts (2020)


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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
328
Total Harvest
141
Harvest Male
112
Harvest Female
29
43%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A
E
328 141
112
29
Any
Any
NRS
N/A
E
71 26
21
5
Any
Any
RS
N/A
E
258 115
91
24
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Average Temps

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