Elk Hunting in Montana is well organized into sections of Montana. Deciding where to go and how to start once you get there is taken care of with this book. You have to make the decisions, but once you’ve narrowed it down to the area you want to hunt, all that is left to do is scout and hunt. Ballard helps you decide where to start. He even gives you directions to the various trail heads in each of the areas.
Packing elk meat is difficult, but big game retrieval can even be done alone. There are ways to make it easier, even without expensive equipment, horses or help.
The book begins with chapters on:
• When to Hunt
• How to Hunt and
• Where to Hunt
The When to Hunt chapter covers the periods of the rut and the onset of cold weather.
How to Hunt discusses just that, the ambush, still hunting, tracking and drives.
Where to Hunt introduces the various public lands available for public land elk hunting in Montana, with contact information for public land information. Everyone who plans to elk hunt Montana will benefit from those first chapters.
From there Ballard methodically breaks down the areas of Montana that hold elk into nineteen geographical sections. Each geographical chapter is about 3 to 10 pages long and filled with local recommendations and descriptions.
Each of these chapters includes discussions about that area’s:
• Geographical Overview
• Elk Distribution
• Where to Hunt and
• Hunting Strategies
The author provides a map for each geographical section and sub-chapters breaking down each area into smaller areas within each chapter. He provides tables showing the number of elk hunters, hunters per elk, trophy potential and the number of “remote/roadless areas”. All of this information is well researched and described for each sub-section of all areas of Montana.
Elk Hunting Montana thoroughly covers exactly that, while completely focusing on elk hunting on public land. Since I live in Montana and have my own hunting areas already scoped out, I found it interesting to read what Ballard says about my hunting areas. I found myself, thinking, “So that’s why…!” The book helped to motivate me to explore other areas of the Big Sky State beyond my favorite hunting grounds.
If you’re considering hunting in Montana, or even if you already do, this book is a valuable resource to spend time with.
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