Hunting The Rez features four reservations with paradise-like hunting opportunities in
the Spring 2011 edition. The first featured reservation in this issue is the Fort Belknap
Reservation and The Fort Belknap Fish and Game program which was started in 1986.
The Tribe’s fish and game program was established after two non-enrolled members
looking for permission to hunt antelope walked into Poncho Bigby’s office, who at the
time was Ft. Belknap’s Land Management Officer. Poncho sought permission from the
Tribal Council and with their blessing, the tags were sold for $50 apiece.
As the wildlife conservation movement started gaining momentum on Indian
Reservations throughout the west, Fort Belknap was able to get their program
established on a solid foundation.
The Fort Belknap Reservation, which is located in North Central Montana, boasts
697,617 acres of rolling plains, river breaks and the Little Rocky Mountains range.
Beginning in the early 1990’s, the Fort Belknap Fish and Game program allowed the
sale of hunting and fishing permits for non-members and was expanded to include
recreational prairie dog shooting, upland game bird, mountain lion, deer and buffalo
hunting. Big horn sheep tags were also offered for auction when the populations were
at levels that could justify the hunt.
Hunting guide Reno Shambo knows the country well and has a few mounts to prove it.
His style of hunting is spot and stalk with calling and rattling. His guide service was
recognized with an honorable mention for Guide of the Year Award presented by
Safari Club International (SCI). Dale Pleiness from Michigan can also testify to the
magic that the Little Rockies hold. He scored a 197 Boone and Crocket whitetail under
Reno’s guiding skills.
Typical whitetail shooters are in the 140-150 class. The hunter can select either species;
whitetail or muley.
To read the full article in the Hunting The Rez Magazine Spring 2011 Edition, click here: