Blackfeet Indian Reservation Is Overlooked Montana Hunting Destination


Published: May - 2011

Montana's Blackfeet Indian Reservation has slipped under the radar of many big game hunters. I first became aware of this reservation years ago when I lived in Helena and often traveled to the Sun River country and Glacier National Park to watch and photograph sheep. Later, my son and I even considered outfitting near there because of the numbers and variety of game available. More recently, a friend of mine, a rabid elk hunter, hunted on the Blackfeet Reservation, not once but several times.

Obviously, he kept going back for a reason! So, when I saw the tribe's Fish & Wildlife Department booth at the recent Grand Slam convention, I stopped and talked with them. What I found confirmed what I suspected about their hunting. They are still producing good bull elk, and a number of other trophy hunt opportunities.

The Blackfeet Reservation covers approximately 1.5 million acres. Its northern boundary is the Alberta border. Its western boundary partially borders not only Glacier Park, but includes what is called the "Rocky Mountain front"  where the Great Plains meet the magnificent mountains, west and northwest of Great Falls. The reservation is home to elk, moose, Rocky Mountain bighorn, black bear and grizzly bear, whitetail, mule deer, antelope, and, of course, predators, including mountain lions. You can also see large herds of buffalo on the reservation. Finally, at the right time of year, you can find outstanding trout fishing and upland bird hunting available. One real advantage to hunting on this reservation is that almost all of the tags (with exception of sheep) are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, unlike some of the other reservations where obtaining a permit can be quite problematic. Their four sheep permits are sold at various conservation auctions, but the other permits can be obtained directly from the tribal Wildlife Department. A listing of the permits still available can be obtained by calling 406-338-7207 or writing PO Box 850, Browning, MT 58417. You simply pay one-half the price of the tag to reserve it, then pay the balance when you arrive.........(continued)

 
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