Focus On Eastern Montana - Region 7


Published: December - 1999

Eastern Montana offers some of the best antelope and plains deer hunting in the Big Sky State. Approximately 45 percent of the state's antelope harvest and a third of the deer taken come from this area alone. Mostly prairie country, southeast Montana offers excellent hunting for both mulies (occurring on 94 percent of the region's land area) and whitetails (found on over 36 percent of the land area). Region 7 encompasses 13 counties - Big Horn, Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Rosebud, Treasure and Wibaux - all names that trigger the imaginations of those familiar with Montana hunting. It stretches from the very southeastern corner of the state up the Missouri River and Fort Peck Lake in the northeastern quadrant. This entire area is called Region 7 under the Block Management Program of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. And while there is some public land in the area, approximately 75 percent of it is privately owned, primarily as ranch lands.

Fortunately the Department's Block Management Program has opened approximately 3,000,000 acres of this private land to public hunting. In all, 290 landowners in the region participate in the program. The regional office you need to contact here is in Miles City. Ask for a copy of the guide for Region 7 of the Block Management Program. You'll find it contains a map of the entire region showing the counties, major cities and major highways, plus the hunting districts. It also contains county-by-county maps showing the species of game present, the number of acres in each ranch, the dates open for hunting, the district in which the land is located, the general location within the county and the landowner identification number. The names of the landowners are not listed. This is done to save the landowner the harassment of multiple telephone calls or visits.

When you settle on the ranches you would like to consider, contact the department, and, using the landowner identification numbers from the guide, request the names and telephone numbers of the landowners you want to call. The........(continued)

 
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