Beckman Wildlife Management Area
A reclusive bachelor had a dream of creating a public wildlife habitat in Central Montana to benefit mule deer. Today, that dream is realized in the 6,600-acre Beckman Wildlife Management Area that is home to wild turkeys, pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, and, of course, mule deer. In addition to hunting and wildlife viewing, visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, and horseback riding.
- Primitive Campground
Beckman Wildlife Management Area has a designated camping area with primitive campsites.
Cost: No fees.
There are miles of trails to explore throughout the Beckman Wildlife Management Area.
Beckman Wildlife Management Area is home to mule deer, wild turkeys, pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, songbirds, and occasionally Rocky Mountain elk.
The Judith River runs through the Beckman Wildlife Management Area. The river is home to around 30 species of fish, including Brook Trout, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout, but access is minimal.
Big Game Hunting
Beckman is known for mule deer hunting, but you will also found antelope and white-tailed deer.
Upland Bird & Waterfowl Hunting
Beckman Wildlife Management Area provides hunting for:
- Gray Partridge (Hungarian Partridge)
- Ring-Necked Pheasant
- Sharp-Tailed Grouse
- Wild Turkey
Rolling hills covered with Ponderosa Pine are home to wild turkeys. Pheasants live in the thick willows and lush grasslands along the river, while sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge are found on the drier uplands.
How to Get There
Travel east of Denton on Highway 81, turn north on Alton Road, then right onto Bally Dome Road and continue NE 10 miles to the SW entrance of the WMA. The road continues into the property. The northwest corner of the Beckman WMA can also be reached from the Bear Springs Road.
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