Montana Whitetails Hunting News
115 Antler Restriction Minimum
Posted On: December 1, 2011, 6:19 pm
Starting with the 2010 hunting season there will be a 115 inch minimum antler restriction strictly enforced to try and protect bucks that need to mature in order to continue providing a quality archery hunt for Pope & Young bucks well into the future! With a large buck population that will only benefit tremendously with a antler restriction, this step is an absolute must in order to protect the future generations and continue a well balanced whitetail herd through proper harvest of mature bucks and plenty of does. This past season we saw a very well balanced buck to doe ratio, and with the Summer rains that provided optimum antler growing conditions, a antler restriction set years ago would have provided a unprecedented year with a large Pope & Young buck harvest than we could have anticipated!...
This step has been tossed around and extremely supported by our repeat clients who know first hand the true potential of managing our bowhunting only operation on such prime whitetail habitat and archery hunting paradise! a 115 minimum is very liberal considering the potential of letting these bucks grow to 4 years old where they really start to get some character and reach there potential. A lot of 4 years old bucks and older here have the genetics to produce trophy quality antlers with very unique characteristics such as split G-2's, sticker points, forked browe tines, Canadian resemblenced dark antlered bucks with heavy mass, and where starting to see several bucks sporting drop tines!
The uniqueness of this bowhunting only operation is truly to provide a archery hunting paradise with a large, balanced whitetail deer population, as well as one of your best chances in the country to harvest a Pope & Young whitetail buck with archery equipment, right here in the state of Montana! This new antler restriction will be a critical component to the future success and growth of our business in providing one of the best bowhunting experiences in the country!
Thanks, Keith Miller
Montana Whitetails, Inc.
2019 SEASON BOOKING INFORMATION
Posted On: October 6, 2013, 3:33 pm
Deposits are now being received for the 2019 Montana hunting season. See the available dates on this page for openings in 2019. Booking terms are as follows: a $1,500.00 deposit to hold your reservation. Click on the information tab in the header of this website, then click on the highlighted online registration link. Complete the registration and submit it. This will hold your reserved dates for 10 days until we receive the required $1,500 deposit. Once your deposit is received for the dates reserved, you will be locked into those dates. We have excellent whitetail, elk, mule deer, and antelope hunting. Also available are black bear, and moose. Combo hunts are available for elk, deer, antelope, and black bear. Call for details on the best time of season to combine several animals during your hunt. Trout fishing is included when you draw your license. General licenses must be applied for by March 15th of each season, cost is the responsibility of the hunter/client. All deposits can be applied to a future hunt if not receiving a license through the general draw. 100% of clients have either drawn the license or had the opportunity to purchase a left over surplus license online over the Summer during the last 6 years. Please go online to MT FWP website and purchase one preference point (NOT THE BONUS POINT) in August/September the year prior to your hunt. You can purchase one more preference point when you apply for your license in February, the year of your hunt. This will give you the maximum chance to draw your non resident MT license. Getting a license is a simple online process through Montana FWP. Call with any questions. Once the applicant acquires the dates they want by sending the required $1,500.00 deposit, the next procedure is applying that years booked hunt license application process to begin, which normally starts in late January. The client at that time will apply for the required licenses and tags through the application process. Please call me if you have any questions during this process. Deposits may be refunded if not drawing a license. Like I mentioned earlier, nearly 100% of clients have either drawn the license with preference points, or had the opportunity to purchase a left over surplus license online over the Summer during the last couple years. Deposits are non-refundable after the licenses have been issued to the client. The final step is paying the hunt balance which is due by August 1st of that years hunt. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 717-512-3582 Thanks, Keith
Mossy Oak Deer Thugs TV Show with Montana Whitetails
Posted On: 2014-05-25 18:23:45
Click HERE to watch Jimmy Riley of Mossy Oak Deer Thugs tag a beautiful Montana Whitetail during the early season at Montana Whitetails!
Outfitter Discounted Room Rates at Best Western in Bozeman
Posted On: 2014-06-11 12:35:34
For those of you coming in a day earlier for your trip and arriving on Friday, Best Western Plus, GranTree Inn in Bozeman has a discount for you!
Just call and make a reservation for Friday night and tell them your hunting with Montana Whitetails and receive a special room rate. Just let us know your plans and we'll pick you up on Saturday morning during our normal airport transportation day.
Call Best Western Plus, GranTree Inn at 406-587-5261 or toll free at 800-624-5865 and tell them your hunting with Montana Whitetails to receive your discounted room rate.
New Hunting Opportunity for 2016 - 14 Day Montana Triple Crown
Posted On: 2014-06-11 17:49:37
New Hunting Opportunity For 2016 - 14 Day Montana Triple Crown Sportsman's Vacation
Take advantage of our newest hunting package that is limited to just a few archery hunters and rifle hunters each season. It's the custom 10-14 day fully guided Montana Triple Crown Sportsman's Vacation Archery & Rifle hunts. Choose between 2 action packed vacation packages.
Package #1: This 14 day archery or rifle triple crown big game hunt will have you hunting trophy antelope bucks and bending a ultra light rod on some world class trout fishing waters your first week of the trip prior to the elk/deer opening weeks. During the second week of your hunt you will be hunting opening week of either the elk/deer archery or rifle seasons. You'll be going after Montana bull elk and whitetail deer on our trophy managed private ranches and bowhunting only river bottom properties, or our game rich rifle hunting properties. Enjoy fully guided elk, deer, & antelope hunting as well as fantastic trout fishing, upland bird hunting that inludes meals, accommodations in our fabulous new hunting lodge, and airport shuttle.
Package #2: You choose your custom 10-14 day vacation dates where elk, deer, & antelope seasons all coincide with each other for the entire trip during your triple crown big game hunt. Tag your antelope buck early and then go after big Montana bull elk and monster river bottom whitetails on our managed private ranches tailored for your success! Enjoy up to two full weeks of guided elk, deer, and antelope hunting with access to some world class Montana trout fishing with secluded blue ribbon waters loaded with hungry wild trout. Includes upland bird hunting, lodging, meals, and airport shuttle. Truly a unique sportsman's vacation hunt of a lifetime just waiting for you here at Montana Whitetails.
Call for details - more information on our Triple Crown Hunt page. Keith 717.512.3582
Montana Deer Age Results
Posted On: 2014-07-07 16:27:45
Check out some of the bucks we got aged the last couple seasons. With a average of 5.5 years old, our management goals seem to be working.
2017 Hunting Season Ending Report
Posted On: 2015-12-30 11:52:01
The 2017 season started with antelope hunters the last week in August. The anticipation of starting a new season is always high and this year was no exception. With good moisture over the Spring, and then a dry Summer, we where set for excellent antler growth, and lots of animals hitting the irrigated alfalfa fields once the season rolled around. We had a few antelope hunters in during the late August weeks which is a pretty successful time of year for archery antelope. They tagged a few good goats and had a few slip through the cracks. Most where harvested over gate openings. While scouting one day there was one group of bucks I counted in a alfalfa field of 26 different antelope bucks, well over 120 antelope in total. That was in addition to the bucks the hunters where seeing at their blinds. We have a lot of antelope!
The first three weeks of elk and deer season we had 13 hunters with about half going after elk, and the other half going after deer. These three weeks where pretty tough as we had 16 animals either wounded or missed which really hurt the overall success rate. They did harvest a few animals but it could have been the best start to a season in the history of Montana Whitetails, it was that good. The week after that we had 4 elk hunters get some opportunities with a couple misses and one bull harvested. They also got a black bear which was a nice bonus for one of the elk hunters. One of the hunters tagged a nice 7x7 bull elk. We actually saw a couple 7x7 bull elk this season.
The next couple weeks hunters bagged some nice whitetails, and some rifle antelope guys got their antelope bucks. We've been able to carry on a 100% success on rifle antelope hunts. Only a few whitetail bowhunters didn't get a opportunity at a buck they wanted and the overall archery season was extremely successful for shots on animals. We had a ton of elk down low early and with the addition to a new ranch, we had all our elk hunters on elk throughout their weeks hunt. Some where harvested from tree stands and others from the ground by either calling, or ground blind ambushes.
Late October brought on the rifle season and we had our hunters arrive the day before to take advantage of opening morning. We'll likely continue this trend as all the elk hunters in camp harvested their bull elk on opening day or the follwoing day of the Montana rifle season. A huge herd of elk that numbered roughly 500-700 where camping out on the ranch, and they weren't leaving!
The second week of firearm season started out with a massive snow storm that swallowed up the valley and mountains. And some of the mule deer as we struggled to even get into our typical mule deer areas. A few ventures off the side of the road and some greatful ranches willing to take time from their day to pull me out with their tractors filled one day. One of the mule deer hunters turned to whitetails after it was obvious we weren't getting up into any of the mule deer areas. The snow was just to deep to negotiate and getting stuck in the middle of nowhere without ceel phone coverage didn't seem like a great idea at the time. We where 100% successful on all the hunts the first 3 weeks of rifle season, elk and deer.
The third week in November was a week we had 9 hunters booked and only two had drawn their licenses. Two bowhunters made it that week with one tagging a nice 9 point, the other leaving early in the week for work not getting a shot.
During the last week of the season we had all our hunters harvest their animals again for 100% success. We actually had 100% success on rifle elk and deer during the entire 5 week rifle season. All bowhunters coming during the 5 week rifle season harvested a buck with the exdeption of one hunter. Again, we had a excellent year for hunting Montana Whitetails.
Despite a slow start to the season with lots of missed opportunities, we still had a very successful year! The 2017 hunting season photo album is complete and posted so you can check out all the photos from last season on the website photo gallery. We thank everyone who came to Montana to enjoy Big Sky Country with us this year! The trout fishing was good for those that went fishing during their stay with us and the hunting we experienced alongside our hunters will always be remembered. Hope everyone had a great season and enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed having you with us to share the memories!
For now, we are working at filling the remaining spots for 2018. There are several weeks already full or close to filling up. Most of the rifle elk hunts are full so hurry if you want one of those remaining spots. We'll be doing the Harrisburg, PA Outdoor show scheduled during February and the sports show in Hamburg, NY in early March. If you're interested in booking a 2018 Montana hunt, please contact us ASAP! I have posted openings available on the news page! Call to reserve a week for 2018 if you want to experience some awesome Western big game hunting! Looking forward to next year as we continue to get bigger and better here under Big Sky country in Southwestern Montana!
Also, feel free to check our our new Texas operation. Fair chase whitetail and year round exotic hunts are available. You can visit our website at www.hunttexaswhitetails.com.
Thanks to everyone again for making another season here at Montana Whitetails one we will never forget...!
Thanks for following us through the season and Happy Holidays,
2019 Available dates
Posted On: 2017-04-07 15:15:01
Openings available for 2019
August 24th - 31st ( 3 Openings Archery Antelope )
August 31st - Sept. 7th ( 4 Openings Archery Antelope )
September 7th - 14th ( 2 Openings )
September 14th - 21st ( FULL )
September 21st - 28th ( 4 Openings )
September 28th - October 5th ( 4 Openings )
October 5th - October 12th ( 7 Openings )
October 12th - 19th ( 3 Openings )
Archery or Rifle Weeks
October 19th - 22nd ( 3 Openings ) (Rifle antelope)
October 26th - November 2nd
November 2nd - 9th ( FULL )
November 9th - 16th ( FULL )
November 16th - 23rd ( FULL )
November 23rd - 30th ( FULL )