Whitetail Deer, Elk Harvests Up Over Last Year in Northwest Montana

Hunter numbers are up 6 percent compared to last year

By Beacon Staff

Whitetail deer harvest rebounded last weekend and elk harvest is up as compared to last year, according to check station results around the region.

At the six Northwest Montana check stations through Nov. 15, a total of 11,891 hunters checked 669 whitetail deer — 528 of these were bucks — as well as 93 mule deer, and 61 elk for a 6.9 percent rate of hunters with game. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, overall, harvest was up somewhat as compared to last year when 6.2 percent of hunters checked game. Elk harvest is up 60 percent. Hunter numbers are up 6 percent as compared to last year.

According to FWP Region One Supervisor Neil Anderson, the deer harvest should continue at a good pace.

“Despite a relatively mild weekend, hunters were still finding game, and we are starting to see more mature bucks come through the check stations. With cooler temperatures, snow forecasted for early in the week, and the rut getting into full swing, hunters should have an advantage over the next two weeks,” he said.

The general rifle hunting season for elk and deer runs through Nov. 29.

The counts at the six northwest Montana check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken.

Hunters have taken 20 wolves in Region One to date. Statewide, hunters have taken 71 wolves, compared to 66 last year.

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