Southeastern Montana is a special place during the rut. The agricultural fields and river bottoms filled up with deer every morning and evening during the week I hunted there last November.
It was common to see more than 100 deer per day, and the coolest part was that we glassed a mix of whitetails and mule deer—as a bonus, we bumped into herds of antelope.
Throughout the week went, more and more bucks were lured out of the backcountry by does feeding in the fields. As a midwestern whitetail hunter, it was fun to put glass on a countless number of muley bucks as they postured for dominance and breeding rights.
A couple caveats about the trip: I was hunting mostly private ground with Powder River Outfitters, though we did see plenty of deer on public land, too. And, we spent most of the hunt glassing from a suburban. Typically, I hate hunting from a truck, but on this hunt it was the best way to see deer. The truck only gets you so far, in the end you still have to make the stalk and the shot.
It’s always nice shooting a buck, but the real experience on this hunt was getting to see so many rutting deer day after day.
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