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Here are a few pictures of the land I will be hunting.  340 acres of private land.  On one side is a wildlife refuge (hunting is allowed).  The rest is surrounded by BLM land, but not many people hunt it because the road in there is closed other than to those that have permission to be on our land.







This is the foundation for the cabin, with my truck in the background.  You are looking northeast.  The second pic is looking south.  The first pic is looking at the Little Rockies to the north.
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The next few pics show more of the land to the south.  In the second picture you will see elk.  That was when I could get a pic of them, but I first saw them at 80 yards away on the private land.  9 cows, and a 6 point bull.  I have some trail cams set up in a coulee they like to travel because of the lush grass.  Leads right up to our land.  Should be a good setup.







I saw some mule deer in there as well.  And on the drive in there are tons of antelope.  Most of the area on the way in is block management, so you can hunt all of it.  The breaks are a very decieving area.  Looks flat and innocent, but they are as rugged and as dangerous as any mountain range.  When it rains, you won't go anywhere with a hill.  You can have a foot of mud on your boots from hiking around.  Going up hills is miserable.  And everything looks the same, so you better pay attention to directions or you will get lost.

I have a huge respect for that area, and a huge love for it.  It is the one area that I love out of the mountains. 
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Dang Drew, that is beautiful country.  Good hunting my friend. 
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  GREAT looking territory!
 
  There's no access to that public land?
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There is access to the public land.  The main road is to the north.  To get to this private land you take an offshoot road, which is closed to public use.  This cuts the traffic way down.  Also, this area is permit only for elk.  This limits the number of hunters in the hunting district, and most hunters like to go down into the CMR wildlife refuge.  This leaves the BLM and public lands unused a lot.  I am not saying that other hunters can't or won't use the land surrounding our land, it is just not very likely due to permits and access.
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  That'll work!
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Absolutely awesome ....Me be jealous
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Originally posted by martin3175 martin3175 wrote:

Absolutely awesome ....Me be jealous
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Drew, I am very happy for your fortune in having such a place.  Good hunting.
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Nice, real nice.
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I've never hunted the Breaks but have canoed through twice and hiked up top. Outside the mountains, it feels as remote as you can get in the lower 48. We've seen some real nice bighorn sheep and deer both times. From your photos, it looks like a good grass year up there. A few years ago, a friend scored a bull tag and it was so hot that he said coming out they only wore their hunting vests. I asked, "So where did you put your wallets?"

I wonder if anyone floats in to hunt. That'd be the way I'd do it...put in at Judith Landing and (hopefully) float the meat out a few days later.
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Drew, I am very happy for your fortune in having such a place.  Good hunting.



Me too Drew, jealousy is so unbecoming!!!Smiling Mad   LOL!!!
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Well, don't get too jealous.  If you guys ever draw a tag for that area, I would be happy to take you in there.

JonoMT - That area can get blistering hot.  Almost unbearable.  It can also get bitterly cold in the winter.  It is a amazing area.  A beauty of its own.  Yet deadly dangerous if you aren't careful.  That area is more sparsely populated that the mountain areas of Montana.

There are people that float the river looking for elk and hunt from the shore in, or hunt the islands.  The elk swim out there to cool off, and to get away from pressure other places.  And let me tell you, elk are dang good swimmers.
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hey druy, when you going to let me hunt with you out there??
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  Sorry, Hunter, but the yet-to-be-completed cabin will barely be big enough for me and Peggy and our nine children!
 
I'm sure Andrew won't mind sharing a nearby tent with you, though!
 
 
Really, Man, you're welcome anytimeWelcome
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Ron, you guys might be a tight squeeze in a two bedroom cabin.  Although you and your wife I am sure would enjoy the view from the balcony.  You are welcome to come anytime you want.

Hunter, any time you want to come out you are welcome.  It is also a great area for yote hunting.  No tags required.  Come hunt whenever.
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i may just have to come out there just for yotes!! i would really like to get an elk tag
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 Thanks for the invitation!
 I'm really hoping that I have a couple more elk hunts somewhere in my future, and would love to hunt there. It looks like just the kind of terrain that I prefer to hunt. Just the right mix of cover and "open", and hills/ravines.
 I'd bet there are some screamer mulies in there, too.
 Any whitetails colonize it yet?
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It is an amazing place to hunt.  Huge elk, huge mulies, and tons of antelope.  Not as many whitetails around, but they are being seen more, but mainly right near the rivers (Missouri and Musselshell.

If hunting with a bow, it has to be during rut to call the elk in, or set up blinds on trails and water holes.  One day, I hope to draw a rifle tag for that area.  They are extremely hard to get (been trying for 10 years so far and all I get is the archery tag, which is fine).  Archery is such a challenge and so rewarding.
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That seems like excellent hunting area.!!
 
Trust you will be fortunate and post some very nice pics soon.
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Just wondering Andrew, Do you have to have a tag to hunt your own property for elk, or antelope?
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Originally posted by helo18 helo18 wrote:

JonoMT - That area can get blistering hot.  Almost unbearable.  It can also get bitterly cold in the winter.


Our second canoe trip, it rained and snowed a couple days before, even closing off Hwy. 89 over King's Hill. By the third day in (June 6) we stopped at an old power plant site and it felt like a 100 walking on that flat. It is a country of extremes.

Originally posted by helo18 helo18 wrote:

There are people that float the river looking for elk and hunt from the shore in, or hunt the islands.  The elk swim out there to cool off, and to get away from pressure other places.  And let me tell you, elk are dang good swimmers.


So are rattlesnakes, which is why we never stayed on an island...seems they favor them. But wouldn't that be a story: I shot the elk just as he came out of the water. He ran across the island and fell dead right by where we left the boat.
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BeltFed, sorry for the delayed response.  Yes you have to have a tag to hunt your own land.

Here are a few pics from the trailcam.








I set the cam up where I first saw the elk.  I thought they were using the far trail the most, but it turns out they are using the trail right in front of the camera.  Trigger the cam a lot but they were so close they either passed before the camera took the pic, or it was just a black shot of the side of them.
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Looks like they're all trying to get a decent passport photo so they can scoot up to Canada in a few weeks.
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Oh, those photos make me ache! Having grown up on the north side of the lake at Glasgow, we hunted the breaks, North and South, for years. It is game heaven.
Oddly, I was never able to draw an elk permit, and was further tortured by the sight of enormous bulls encountered while muley hunting.
Many locals do hunt the C.M. Russell via boat, notably the Hell Creek access.
You are blessed, and don't forget all those antelope to the south!
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