Whitetail Deer Hunting Equipment Great Falls MT

Local resource for whitetail deer hunting equipment in Great Falls. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to deer hunting gears, deer hunting scents, deer hunting supplies, deer hunting rifles, and bowhunting equipment, as well as advice and content on deer hunting.

Benton Lake Wetland Management District
922 Bootlegger Trail
Great Falls, MT
Other Activties
Boating; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting

Lewis & Clark National Forest
(406) 791-7700
P.O. Box 869
Great Falls, MT
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Wildlife Viewing

Montana River Outfitters
(800) 800-8218
923 10Th Ave. N
Great Falls, MT
 
Custer National Forest
(406) 248-9885
1310 Main Street
Billings, MT
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Biking; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Off Highway Vehicle; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Battle Ridge Cabin
(406) 522-2520
3710 W FALLON STREET SUITE C
Bozeman, MT
Other Activties
Camping; Hiking; Hunting

Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge
(406) 727-7400
922 Bootlegger Trail
Great Falls, MT
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Boating; Hunting; Wildlife Viewing

Gibson Reservoir
(406) 791-7700
P.O. Box 869
Great Falls, MT
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Recreational Vehicles

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
(406) 666-2412
Bighorn Canyon NRA Headquarters, 5 Avenue B, P.O. Box 7458, Fort Smith, MT
Fort Smith, MT
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Picnicking; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Medicine Lake Wmd
(406) 789-2305
223 North Shore Rd.
Medicine Lake, MT
Other Activties
Boating; Hunting

Indian Trees Campground
(406) 821-3201
7338 Hwy. 93
Sula Ranger District, MT
Other Activties
Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting

Western Whitetailed Deer Hunting

White-tailed deer hunting in the West is really no longer a novelty, as whitetails have expanded their range throughout most of the major river drainages in the plains since the 1950s.  Along many of those drainages, whitetails now outnumber mule deer.   It’s difficult to recommend hunting river bottom whitetails to anyone coming from the east, as it really doesn’t differ much from what you probably already have at home.  And the tags will cost you a lot more, and it’s almost exclusively a private land operation throughout the plains.  However, the west does have a few unique whitetail hunts on public lands, and that’s what I’m going to get into here today.

Pine Ridge and Black Hills Whitetails:  Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska

This is one of my favorite hunts, and one that I return to frequently.  The real treat in this area is the high deer densities that I generally don’t get to experience throughout the rest of the West.  These whitetails are primarily of larger Dakota subspecies, Odocoileus virginianus dakotensis.  You’re looking at something on the order of 30ish deer per square mile when you include mule deer into the mix.  Even if you exclude the mule deer, there is something close to 20 whitetails per square mile.  While that may be nothing to the eastern hunter, much of this region is public land and easily huntable, creating an appealing hunt to guys like me who like a target rich environment on public land. 

The Black Hills National Forest and Nebraska National Forest make up most of your public land opportunity here.  These are primarily Ponderosa Pine forests, in rolling hills, with several areas offering over 1,000 feet of elevation difference within a mile.  The Ponderosas are rarely so dense that shots over 100 yards would be difficult, and visibility in the woods can be several hundred yards.  There are numerous openings, and combined with the elevation differences, it’s not uncommon to find a few points where you can see for several miles. The pine forests are bisected by many small drainages with denser vegetation. 

Wyoming and South Dakota operate on a draw system, but Nebraska uses a first come-first served quota system for administering tags.  The regular Nebraska firearm season is relatively short, at just 9 days in mid November, so this can be a high pressure hunt, especially on the opening weekend.  If you prefer to hunt during a lower pressure season, there is a muzzleloader season that makes up the whole month of December and there is no cap on the tags.  Both Wyoming and South Dakota offer a rifle hunt that covers the whole month of November, so in any of the three states you can get in on a rut hunt.

Big Woods Whitetails:  Idaho, Montana and Washington

Northeastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Northwestern Montana are home to one of the better kept secrets in deer hunting opportunities.  These sta...

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