Archery hunters can hunt antelope during the early archery only season here in Montana. This runs from early September to early October. Early season is a good time to hunt antelope over water. However, with ample water running through our leases, this can be tough to narrow down which area is frequented the most. These antelope on our leases are a little more spread out due to the fact there are lots of places to feed and water. These antelope can cover several miles between days grazing throughout their home range. Rest assure you can find them, getting them within bow range requires a little more creativity. Which makes for a interesting hunt. Mid to late September can be a great time to go after these trophy antelope using decoys, blinds, and even tree stands. Yes, tree stands… We had a client harvest a Pope and Young antelope from a tree stand while using a decoy. Antelope observed in this area reach peak breeding around the 21st of September. We have areas where hunting them from a tree using a decoy can be very effective. These areas are in transition zones between irrigated alfalfa and the rolling sage hills that border them. We can also hunt them using a ground blind and placing it within these transition zones at key fence line/open gate crossings. There are several dynamite cattle gate openings that provide consistent travel between feeding areas. During the rut this is a sure way to get right in the heat of the action. Also utilizing a decoy to draw them into bow range is very effective at this time of the year. A range finder is very important while a quality pair of optics really helps.