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  1. Default Finally going back to Montana!

    Hello everyone. Greetings from Ft. Bliss, TX.

    My name is Michael, and we currently live in Texas as that's where the Army sent us. I have been out for a long time but my wife is active duty. She is getting out in Feb. and I have convinced her that we shou ld move to Montana.

    I moved to the Helena area when I got out of the Army back in,the 90s and have always wanted to go back.

    I have not hunted since moving from Montana in 97. I am excited to get back out there in the mountains. We are moving to the Helena area, so if anyone is willing to help a broken vet get back out there next year, let me know.

    Right now I'm just going to be looking at rifle deer/ elk. I have never hunted elk before but I am definitely going to get into it.

    I have had 3 spine fusions so I'm not as fast as I used to be but I can still get around ok.

    Let me know if you're from the Helena area and wouldn't mind a semi new hunting friend.

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    Welcome to the forum. I'm south of there in Ennis. There are several guys on here from Helena. I'm sure they can point you in the right direction.
    "The mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir

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    I have been to Ennis a few times.

    Thanks for the reply.

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    Welcome! I'm retired Army.
    I'm an addict...archery, rifles, shotguns, handguns, muzzleloaders, hunting, fishing, fly fishing..and I don't want rehab

    CWEH...Colorado's Worst Elk Hunter 2007-2017 (but I'm still damned sexy) 10 years of consistency!!

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    Welcome aboard.
    You can't get lost if you don't care where you are going.

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    HMU when you get in town. I'm in Missoula area, but we can get you fixed up (Even if the VA can't...).
    "There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm." ~TR

    "He was a mighty hunter before the Lord." ~Genesis 10:9

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    Quote Originally Posted by 406LIFE View Post
    HMU when you get in town. I'm in Missoula area, but we can get you fixed up (Even if the VA can't...).
    Haha. Sounds good. I grew up in Ohio and as a huge Buckeye fan went to many games. I have told my wife what am experience it is to go to a Griz game. That will happen.

    As for the VA, the wife is a nurse in the Army, so I try to not even bother. Haha

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    Glad to hear you're making it back to the motherland. My wife and I live in East Helena. Make sure you get your residency going ASAP when you get here. I believe you need 6 months with a Montana drivers license to be eligible for resident tags, that might be different for servicemen but I am not sure.

    There are some ace hunters on this forum who live around Helena (I am not one of them). If you want some advice when rifle season gets closer, let me know. I love to talk elk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tphelps45 View Post
    Glad to hear you're making it back to the motherland. My wife and I live in East Helena. Make sure you get your residency going ASAP when you get here. I believe you need 6 months with a Montana drivers license to be eligible for resident tags, that might be different for servicemen but I am not sure.

    There are some ace hunters on this forum who live around Helena (I am not one of them). If you want some advice when rifle season gets closer, let me know. I love to talk elk.
    Yes, I'm going the day we get there to get my license and i just make the 6 month time by the time the season opens up.

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    I'm in Helena, as are a few others. Happy to share what I know about the area, and get you met up with some other hunters as well.

    Nice to have another Montanan on the board. We're underrepresented!
    get over it commies..
    JWP58

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Lamb View Post
    I'm in Helena, as are a few others. Happy to share what I know about the area, and get you met up with some other hunters as well.

    Nice to have another Montanan on the board. We're underrepresented!
    Awesome, thanks for reply.

    We will be living out in the North Valley. I'm pretty excited to be coming back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetalSpineGuy View Post
    Awesome, thanks for reply.

    We will be living out in the North Valley. I'm pretty excited to be coming back.
    We've done a small Helena HT gathering. Sounds like we'll have to do another one once you guys have landed & get settled. Lots of good fishing close by as well both for coldwater and warmwater species. There's also some really good clubs in the area for public land hunters and for guys like us who move a little slower than the kids do.
    get over it commies..
    JWP58

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    Meet up sounds good. We should be there by the end of February. Settling in shouldn't take too long.

    I will keep in touch. Any chance the local guys have a FB group set up or anything?

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    welcome and thank you for your service!!

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    Welcome back to this great state! I'm up in Kalispell.

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    Welcome home to the "Last Best Place" Thank you for your service!!! I'm in Seeley Lake about a 100 miles NW of Helena.

    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetalSpineGuy View Post
    Meet up sounds good. We should be there by the end of February. Settling in shouldn't take too long.

    I will keep in touch. Any chance the local guys have a FB group set up or anything?
    I am not aware of a HT FB group. There are plenty of Montana Hunting groups (I admin the Montana Waterfowlers). If you need local knowledge, this forum has more than plenty. IDK how many of us are MT Proud, but I'd guess 1/3-1/2.
    "There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm." ~TR

    "He was a mighty hunter before the Lord." ~Genesis 10:9

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    Well after a few fiascos with the Army and U-Haul, we have made it to Helena.

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    Welcome home!!! Start on the residence issue asap. Hope you get everything settled in so you can start exploring.

    Dan

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    Welcome from Iowa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan O View Post
    Welcome home!!! Start on the residence issue asap. Hope you get everything settled in so you can start exploring.

    Dan
    Yep. Already got the appointment for my DL. Got a letter from our landlord stating when we signed the lease. Should be good to go come rifle season.

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    welcome

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    Welcome from Minnesota!
    To what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetalSpineGuy View Post
    Haha. Sounds good. I grew up in Ohio and as a huge Buckeye fan went to many games. I have told my wife what am experience it is to go to a Griz game. That will happen.

    As for the VA, the wife is a nurse in the Army, so I try to not even bother. Haha
    O-H from a fellow Montana Buckeye guy! I can tell you right now that the games here are most certainly not big ten football games...but hey fall is hunting seaon anyways, right?
    Welcome aboard and thank you to you and your wife for your service!
    "I'll be halfway to heaven with paradise waitin'
    Five miles away from wherever I am."

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