Annual Fishing Trip - Montana 2017

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  1. Back2Basix

    Back2Basix Well-Known Member

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    Heading out West in a few days for our annual Father/Son fishing trip. It's an 11 day deal but with my job & responsibilities I'm only able to take a week.

    My old man started this about 35yrs ago with a buddy and their fathers, but the big man upstairs took my grandad after only a couple years at the young age of 64. He's been going ever since and I've joined the last 15 years (it was a requirement when my wife married me)

    Dad is on a plane now out to Bozeman and I'll catch up this Saturday. It's strictly fly fishing and all catch&release. We've made quite the friendships over the years out West and it's always great heading back out there. Ladies are always allowed and definitely encouraged. It's God's country out there and we love showing then and getting them interested in the sport we love.

    I'll be in Ennis a few days along with Sheridan & Twin Bridges area. We'll be fishing the Madison, Jefferson, Big Hole, Beaverhead, & Ruby.

    If you've never been, i highly advise because it's a whole other kind of magnificent!!!

    (92hrs and counting)


    Silver Dollar Bridge, Madison River
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    Back2Basix Well-Known Member

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  3. Fishindude

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    Sounds great and September would be an awesome time to be there.
    Enjoy the trip and share some photos.
     
  4. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    Never been to Montana but would like to go some time check it out.
    Looks like all they have is Trout fishing. Wish you luck.

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  5. Back2Basix

    Back2Basix Well-Known Member

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    Yea it's slim pickings hunting as a non-res but the fishing is literally world class.

    I've heard there are great hunting options for non-res in Wyoming
     
  6. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    Can use a Crossbow.

    Antelope one time I was in the Outhouse come out there was a large Herd around it. Mule Deer and Elk.

    Fish I rather have the Fish in Missouri.

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  7. Fishindude

    Fishindude Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What are you getting at?
    Montana is a hunters paradise and non res licenses although expensive, are pretty easy to obtain.
     
  8. Back2Basix

    Back2Basix Well-Known Member

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    That's what I'm getting at, the price tag. It's tough to stomach when i can get a combo tag (double buck tag) for $30 here at home
     
  9. Fishindude

    Fishindude Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Sure, but Michigan aint Montana, you're pretty much limited to whitetail or a real long shot chance to get one of very few elk tags.
    I've hunted SE Montana, and the abundance of deer and antelope, as well as game birds is pretty incredible. Wasn't unusual to see several hundred deer in a hay field right before dark.

    Most places are a bit pricey to hunt as a non resident. MI charges $151 for a basic hunting license + $190 for a two deer tag, so $341 total.
     
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  10. Back2Basix

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    Moose is about $1200+, deer/elk combo $1000, etc. Add in guide services plus transportation and it becomes out of reach for most middle class hunting enthusiasts.

    Now when (if) i ever pull an Michigan elk tag, I those costs will be justifiable, lol, but until then they're out of reach for me
     
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    ShannonR hillbilly farmgirl

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    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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    Fly fished all those places back in the 70's before it became popular. Yes it is a great area.

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