Migrating North

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Postby goosenoose » Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:05 pm

Montana is great hunting but the yellowstone river is heavily hunting and outfitted and you have to get on a list practily to hunt the block mangement lots of birds just have to work hard for a good place to hunt
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Postby maxxair » Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:04 am

The Yellowstone river has 440 miles of waterfowl hunting. The other 10 major tributaries of the Yellowstone add at least 660 miles. That takes us to 1000 miles of hunting and 2000 miles of shoreline.

Montana population is 900,000 people.

If 1% waterfowl hunt that makes 9000 hunters, if they hunt in groups of 4 that makes 2250 groups.

If we got all waterfowl hunters hunting on the same day and we used public land (stream access law) of the Yellowstonw drainage each group would have a little less than a mile of shoreline to set up in.

My point is that there are plenty of places to hunt.

This example is just one river system the Missouri river sytem is larger and that is all east of the cont. divide.
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Postby Thedozer » Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:34 am

I guess I never thought of it that way maxxair, sounds like it is pretty crowded.....lol
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Postby goosenoose » Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:22 pm

all I am saying is almost every ranch that has good habitat just about gets hunted every weekend nothing goes untouched !
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Postby phutch30 » Sat Feb 14, 2009 7:50 pm

Just a heads up. While there may be 440 mile of yellowstone river you cant hunt on the river itself downstream of the bighorn/yellowstone confluence. Cant shoot from the bank either got to be (I think) 100yards off the river to be legal.

We never have any trouble getting on fields, but then again my buddy grew up there and knows everyone on a first name basis. :biggrin:
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Postby quackpipe » Sat Feb 14, 2009 8:40 pm

phutch30 wrote:Just a heads up. While there may be 440 mile of yellowstone river you cant hunt on the river itself downstream of the bighorn/yellowstone confluence. Cant shoot from the bank either got to be (I think) 100yards off the river to be legal.
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Whats up with that regulation?
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Postby nemont » Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:14 am

The river is treated as a refuge so that it will hold birds longer rather then have them get shot up and leave.

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Postby phutch30 » Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:00 pm

It works!
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Postby Drake4 » Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:42 pm

phutch30 wrote:It works!


That's an understatement!!
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Postby montana quackhead » Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:30 pm

Maxxair, you seem to be a statistician?? You and me should work together sometime. I wonder what the standard deviation is between the headwaters and where the Yellowstone dumps into the Mo and ducks killed. I'm bored!!! BTW, I never knew that law applied??? Thanks for keeping us legal hutch!! I guess that's why I've always done so well on the Jellystone! :rofl:
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Postby maxxair » Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:48 am

That regulation takes out a good chunk of river hunting but it sure makes for good roosting.

I fished that area last weekend right by a goose roost.

That area close to the river is mostly leased up by outfitters and hunting parties .

I spoke with a major land owner and old family freind about the leasing. He said it is too much money to pass up.

Quackhead I am up for it, just a little short on time this morning. I got home late from ice fishing yesterday. I watched walleye refuse most everything we put in front of them on an underwater camera.
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Re: Migrating North

Postby blacklab33 » Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:55 am

Can you duck hunt the yellow stone up by sidney m.t.
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Re: Migrating North

Postby Lawdog » Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:21 pm

Post in a new thread. This one is old and dead.
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