Montana Birds

Discussion in 'Upland Game Forum' started by nemont, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. nemont

    nemont Elite Refuge Member

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    Been a fun opening weekend for ditch parrots. Found a few other birds as well
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  2. Squaller

    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    Pheasants, Huns, and Grouse, oh my!

    Looks like my idea of a good time.:tu

    I hear those huns hold a lot better than our chuckar... I would enjoy making the trip to your state to hunt some of your upland, with huns and grouse topping the list... Of course I would not pass on the pheasants though...

    What varieties of upland does your neck of the woods offer, and what are the bag limits?
     
  3. SMF

    SMF Senior Refuge Member

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    I'm not sure about Pheasants (I think it's 3). 8 huns & 4 Sharptails a day. Possession is 3 X the daily limit.

    Huns generally hold worse than quail, but better than chukkar. Early in the season you can have fun with a pointing dog, after they have been hunted, the huns can be a bit more spooky. Sharptails smell really bad if you keep them in your game bag for more than a few hours.

    I hunted the first week of the MT season.. it was warm, but there was a really good crop of Huns and a nice number of sharp tails. We hunted near Valier and around Jasper MT on the High Line.
     
  4. stackin_smilers

    stackin_smilers Elite Refuge Member

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    Pheasants 3 (3 times daily possession)
    sharp-tailed grouse 4 (4 times daily possession)
    sage grouse 2 (2 times daily possession)
    huns/chucker 8 aggregate (4 times daily possession)
    mountain grouse 3 aggregate (4 times daily possession).
     
  5. dakndug

    dakndug Moderator Moderator

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    Nice huntin Nemont!

    Doug
     
  6. Squaller

    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    Dang! But that would be a fun day of hunting.:D Forget the Dakotas, I am goin' to Montana!

    How many areas offer multiple species of birds? How tough is the access to these areas?

    Actually if I ever went, I would go through an outfitter or someone who knows the areas... But it is still fun in inquire.
     
  7. dakndug

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    Marc you'd have more fun freelancing and hunting on your own with your own little group and maybe getting a bit of help from some fellow refuge folk. I think I'm heading out that way next year myself if you want to hook up and hunt with some ugly dogs! :)

    Doug
     
  8. stackin_smilers

    stackin_smilers Elite Refuge Member

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    Ditto, almost everything I shoot is on public land and just hunting by eye. I have more fun looking for the birds and seeing new land. my wife and I got 4 grouse species last weekend all on public land, in areas we have never been before. Theres enough land to hunt you dont need a guide. My $0.02
     
  9. montana bound

    montana bound Senior Refuge Member

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    I agree . Lots of public land . This is my second season living and hunting here and I still have not run into another hunter in the field.
     
  10. Squaller

    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    Doug,

    Time is my enemy...

    If I do get a chance to go, likely it would be for 4 days (2 days of travel and 2 days of hunting)... All I would want from an outfitter (not necessarily a guide) is that I get access to an area that has birds, or that I am pointed to areas that do have birds...

    I simply do not have the time to travel, scout, and hunt... And granted, hunting isn't always about success, but if I travel that far, and spend that kind of money, I want a darned good chance at success.

    Currently, I have a very good friend that is a fly-fishing guide in Montana. He has almost no interest in bird hunting though... I have been over to visit and fish with him, and I spent most of my time with him catching fish... We fished from dark to dark every day I was there, and we caught a lot of fish... He knew where to go, and when to go there... Plus, I bunked for free (the food was on me though).:D

    A similar situation for bird hunting would be very, very appealing to me.:yes

    In all honesty, I have had a lot of success with fishing guides... Primarily what their job is, is to put us on fish and the rest is up to us (i.e. guide us to the fish). I have had very little success with hunting guides though, and outside of Canada (where the guides dropped my father and I off in a field birds were using and left us alone), I have had only one other successful guided bird hunting trip, and I have had my share of them...:rolleyes:

    Montana, Mexico, and Hawaii are all on my bucket-list for upland hunting.
     

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