Hunting the West

Welcome to my site !

I started this Blog a few years ago to have a place to share my stories & photos about the hunt with friends and family. Every year, a few folks jump on and contact me with questions or comments and some of them have become new friends with which I now stay in contact. I am blessed to live in what is probably the last, best place to spend time outdoors in the lower 48 and I enjoy helping others follow their passion for hunting the west.

My brother Dan moved to Montana in the early 80s and I visited not long after and knew that one day I would live here as well. I moved to the Bozeman area in 2008 and its been a hell of a ride ever since. The hunting  opportunities are nothing short of phenomenal here and one of the biggest challenges in the fall is deciding where to spend your time.  By September the summer tourists are gone and the trout are going crazy on the rivers, mountain grouse season has opened and the bull elk are beginning to rut in the mountains. By October, pheasant and sharptails contend with antelope, deer and elk with ducks not far behind. And November sees the big mulies and whitetails going into rut while snows are beginning to get the bulls moving… if you have stomach for the cold, steep and deep country the biggest bulls call home that time of year.

I have been fortunate to find work that allows me to pretty much hunt all fall. I figure in the last seven years  I have spent, on average, around 60-70 days in the field between September and the end of November. Most of that deep in the backcountry chasing elk or on the eastern plains pursuing mule deer and antelope.

While I have harvested some great animals I find even more enjoyment helping those closest to me find and take their own game.

During the fall of 2016, I was fortunate to spend 64 days in the field. During September I called in 28 bulls during bow season and we put arrows in six of them. I will try to get some stories added about those hunts.

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Dan’s 310 6×6

Mule deer season was excellent this year. I took my best public land buck, scoring just over 179 gross and Tami shot a nice buck as well. I haven’t scored it yet but it will gross in the  160s. Not monster mule deer but nice for public land in Montana.

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We finally were drawn for antelope and Tami, Dick and I all shot nice mature bucks.

 

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Tami’s eastern MT Buck

I will try and get some updates done and new stories published. Lots has been happening and with milder winters here, we are seeing a resurgence in big game populations. Watch for an update on WY antelope as well. That series on DIY antelope always draws a lot of interest!

Best, Mark