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

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 420 - Judith River Wildlife Management Area-Sage Creek

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Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
13
 
13
Success
58
 
58
Trophy Potential
15
 
15
Public Access
56
 
56
Ease of Terrain
73
 
73
Room to Breathe
10
 
10
Opportunity
57
 
57
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
35
 
35
51
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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.

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

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.

Other Species in Unit

Deer, Mountain Lion,

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Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2020)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
80
Licenses Drawn
80
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
72
Nonresident Quota
8
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
12.8%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
420-20-A
E
ANY
G
12.8%
65

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
59
Harvest Male
28
Harvest Female
31
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A N/A 59
28
31
Any
Any
NRS
N/A N/A 12
12
0
Any
Any
RS
N/A N/A 48
17
31
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Average Temps

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