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Just Added — Filter by # of bucks/bulls harvested for general hunts in Montana

INSIDER enhancement filter by number of bucks and bulls harvested in Montana

Our INSIDER research tools are constantly evolving to provide you with more tools for finding the perfect hunting location.

This past year Brandon and I were brainstorming ways to give more value to our INSIDERs looking to hunt in Montana and a light bulb came on! You can now filter and sort Montana Hunt Districts by the number of bucks or bulls harvested in every general season and permit districts. Prior to this, you may have noticed how difficult it was to get harvest reports from Montana due to the way they report their data and harvest success. But that problem has been solved!

We are very excited to announce this new feature that will greatly enhance your research efforts for general season deer and elk in Montana, as well as permit districts.

Here’s how to utilize this new feature

Step 1

Navigate over to Filtering 2.0 from the INSIDER dropdown and click on Montana and then select a species. With this new enhancement, you can get this data on elk, mule deer, and whitetail deer. For this example, we are going to research general season elk opportunities.

Step 2

Montana number of bulls harvested per hunt district

Right away you’ll see this new information displayed in the result section of Filtering 2.0.

From here you have several ways to utilize this data

Option 1

Unit Profile showing number of bulls harvested and hunters surveyed

Scroll through the results and click on a Hunt District you’re familiar with. Once you are on the Unit Profile, you’ll see a graph at the bottom that will show you year-by-year trends for the number of bulls harvested.

Option 2

Filter adjustment for number of bulls harvested in Montana

In the Active Filters section. Scroll down to the bottom and adjust the new # Bulls Harvested slider.

Number of bulls harvested with filter results

This will quickly narrow down and show hunt districts based on the number of bulls harvested.

Option 3

And lastly, you could click on the Default drop-down in the result section and sort by # Harvested. This will sort all the hunt districts from the highest number of bulls or bucks harvested to the lowest.

Number of bulls harvested sorted from highest to lowest

How would you utilize this tool in Montana?

Let’s say you are looking for the perfect Montana hunt district for a general season rifle elk hunt. Here are the steps I would take to use this new feature:

  • Navigate to Montana on Filtering 2.0.
  • Select Elk under Species.
  • Scroll down on the Active Filters section and choose Rifle - General under the Select Season(s) drop-down.
    • You will now have 122 results.
  • Next, I would select 300"+ on the Trophy Potential filter.
    • Now there are 95 results.
  • I then adjusted the Public Land filter to 35% or better.
    • We are now at 72 results.
  • At this stage, I will now select the # Bulls Harvested filter and adjust it to 100+.
    • This one takes a big jump. We now have 29 results.
  • Here I like to go back and forth on some of the sorting options.
    • First I will sort by # Harvested. This will show me the hunt districts sorted from the most bulls harvested to the lowest.
    • Next, I would take note of several of the top districts, but this time I would sort by Public Land %.
  • From here I would compare several hunt districts that caught my eye by selecting the Compare checkbox.
  • Lastly, I would click into each Unit Profile and scroll down to the bottom to check out the year-over-year trends in the number of bulls harvested, as well as the number of hunters surveyed.

In conclusion

Overall, there are many ways you can utilize this new feature in combination with the other filtering tools on Filtering 2.0. This is a great addition to find the perfect deer or elk district on general or permit hunts. It's always our goal to keep expanding and offer more and more to our INSIDERs so you can be more successful in the field.

If you have any questions on how to use these tools, feel free to reach out. Best of luck this season!

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Brady Miller
Brady M. - posted 2 weeks ago on 08-31-2018 09:31:01 am
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

@Dustin and Charles - Thank you! Glad you like this new feature. It’s going to be huge in Montana!

Currently, Montana is the only state with this feature for antlered/horned animals (we are doing this for black bears already), but we are in discussion about adding it next to the normal harvest success graphs for other states.

Montana needed this change. Prior to this it was nearly impossible to have a true harvest success for general season hunts in Montana and we couldn’t report them due to the way Montana conducts their reports/collects their data and the fact that Montana bases their data on the number of hunters surveyed for general seasons and you don’t know if those surveyed were hunting bucks/bulls only, or just hunting cow elk for example. And you didn’t know the real breakdown of archery vs. rifle harvest success since they don’t break down the manner of take in bulls and cows, just an overall bow or rifle take.

Thanks for the support! We can’t wait to roll out more enhancements that we have been working on this year.

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Dustin F. - posted 2 weeks ago on 08-31-2018 06:32:05 am
Carmel Valley, CA
goHUNT INSIDER

Great refinement. This year, I made a spreadsheet for CO, but would be happy to see Filtering2.0 take over that job next year. More details=More better.

charles l. - posted 2 weeks ago on 08-31-2018 06:01:02 am
goHUNT INSIDER

Hi when will this feature be available for other states, like CO. Great job this is a nice add on.