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Anyone heading west this year?

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Been pretty quiet in here for some time. Curious if anyone has plans to head west this fall? After coming up empty on the draws last year, my dad and I were able to draw an elk permit for Montana this year. We will be heading out early September for elk opener with hopes of putting a bull on the ground. Last time we hunted we had several close calls but were not able to get it done. Had a terrific 7x7 at about 60 yards in the fog opening day, and a mature 6x6 at only 14 yards the second to last day. That 6x6 had to take literally one more step to expose the vitals but spotted something not quite right at the last second and trotted out of range. Really starting to get excited. If I have some time I'll try to get some photos up from our last trip out. Anyone else heading out there?

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I have my Montana 270 tag in my pocket and the first 2 weeks of season off.

If you mean you drew the 270 mule deer permit, I envy you greatly! There are some real monsters in that unit. I have elk hunted down there too and saw one of the biggest bulls I've ever laid eyes on. Actually screwed up closing the distance on him. Thought he was farther away than he was and we were actually within 100 yards of him. Have you hunted the unit before?

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I WISH it was a mulley tag,same elk zone I hunted last year and was so close every trip out. Hopefully it wont be 98 degrees this year when I get out there.

Well good luck to you. I used to hunt that unit when I went to school in Missoula, but then they changed it to a permit only area and we went elsewhere. There were a few bigger fires around the Skalkaho drainage that we used to hunt around. Should make for some good habitat over these next several years.

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Not Montana, but I'll be headed to the Gila to help my dad and uncle with their elk tags. I'm super excited for it! I can't wait to be in the screaming bulls again!

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