Elk Hunting in Montana HD 418 - South Judith Basin

Numbers of elk observed during post-season aerial surveys in this EMU have increased since the 1992 Elk Management Plan (Figure 1). The average number of elk observed in the EMU during post-season (late winter-early spring) aerial surveys in 2001-2003 ...

HD 418 - South Judith Basin

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User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
57
 
57
Trophy Potential
22
 
22
Public Access
23
 
23
Ease of Terrain
87
 
87
Room to Breathe
13
 
13
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
12
 
12
Ease of Effort
46
 
46
42
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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.

Elk Notes


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Numbers of elk observed during post-season aerial surveys in this EMU have increased since the 1992 Elk Management Plan (Figure 1). The average number of elk observed in the EMU during post-season (late winter-early spring) aerial surveys in 2001-2003 was 3,828 elk (range 3,170-4,448). The 3-year average by hunting district was: HD 413 - 536 elk (range 383-657); HD 432 ? 374 elk (range 326-424); HDs 420/448 - 1,093 elk (range 772-1,323); HD 418 ? 170 elk (range 147-210); HD 540 - 729 elk (range 647-838); HD 454 ? 305 elk (range 258-378); and HD 416 ? 616 elk (range 326-942).; Increased opportunity for the general hunter to harvest antlerless elk (last 9 days either-sex) was implemented in 1994 in much of the EMU to help control the number of elk. A general season either-sex youth hunt was implemented in 2002 in most of the EMU.

The size of the Judith River Wildlife Management Area was increased by approximately 4,036 acres through two separate land acquisitions in the 1990s, increasing the amount of publicly owned winter range

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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Mountain Lion,

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Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2020)


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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
74
Harvest Male
27
Harvest Female
44
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A N/A 74
27
44
Any
Any
NRS
N/A N/A 25
6
19
Any
Any
RS
N/A N/A 49
21
24
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