No matter which direction you head, solid populations of both mule deer and whitetails can be found in and around Lewistown. Hunters are sure to find a deer hunt that meets their expectations. All of the hunting variety results in necessary regulations to manage it, so hunters are encouraged to study the rules governing each species and each area.
Generally speaking, however, hunters can buy an either sex tag over the counter for most of the areas surrounding Lewistown. While Central Montana is not noted as one of the trophy mule deer areas, there are respectable deer taken each fall.
Hunters are very likely to get a chance at a trophy while hunting this area. Probably one of the more enjoyable parts of deer hunting in Central Montana, if not the most enjoyable part, is that you get to see lots of game. It is not uncommon for hunters to see 20 or more animals per day.
An excellent of information on current conditions is always available from our local sporting goods store, The Sport Center at (406) 535-9308.
Block Management Areas
The FWP Block Management maps are helpful resources for planning hunts in the central Montana regions, Regions 4 and 5. The block management program is an excellent program and offers a broad range of opportunities. Maps and other information are available from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website.
BLM and State Lands
Another opportunity area, particularly for the two prairie grouse, are the numerous BLM and State Lands. These can be identified from the Montana topographic atlases, but it is helpful to also have the BLM Montana Recreation Access Guide maps, which give much better detail. The easiest place to get these maps is the Regional BLM Office in Lewistown (406) 538-1900 or from the local sporting goods store.
Bird hunting rules and regulations are available on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website. This site also indexes a large number of habitat projects and pheasant release sites that provide interesting hunting opportunities.
Land Ownership Maps
I’ve often found that the land maps available on the Montana Cadastral website are helpful in identifying owners and property boundaries. An excellent land ownership atlas for Fergus County is available from the Fergus County Weed Department (406) 535-3970.