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Big game hunting season wraps up in southeast Montana; fourth CWD positive found in region - The weekend after Thanksgiving brought more wintry weather for big game season-closing check stations on Sunday, Dec. 1. Hunter numbers were down from last year at two of three stations in Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7, along with success rates.
2019 general hunting season wraps up in southwest Montana - Montana’s general hunting season ended Sunday evening with lower hunter numbers and varied success rates in southwest Montana during the season’s sixth and final weekend.
Hunter numbers, harvest fall in south central Montana as 2019 season ends - South central Montana check stations operated by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks saw hunter numbers and their harvest fall – to historic lows in some instances – for the final weekend of the 2019 general big-game season. Those numbers dragged season-long statistics down at all five locations.
Hunting Season Ends with Modest Harvest in Northwest Montana - Kalispell, MT — The general big game hunting season concluded last weekend across Montana.
Hunting Season Ends with Average Harvest in West-Central Montana - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) reported checking 10,225 hunters with 837 harvested game animals at its three long-standing check stations in western Montana from opening day on October 26 until the general big game hunting season ended on Sunday afternoon.
Wind a factor in south central Montana weekend hunter statistics - Hunter numbers over the past weekend in south central Montana generally were down from the same period a year ago while the harvest numbers were dependent on location
Elk, Mule Deer Numbers Still Below Average at Augusta Check Station - Heading into the final days of Montana’s big game season, numbers of mule deer and elk taken by hunters on the Rocky Mountain Front near Augusta continue to remain below average, according to a state wildlife biologist.
Northwest Montana Deer Harvest Remains Steady Entering Final Week - Kalispell, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has checked more than 11,600 hunters in northwest Montana so far this season, and the percentage of hunters with harvested big game is ahead of last year.
West-Central Montana Deer, Elk Harvest Steady Heading into Final Week - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) reported checking 8,722 hunters with 215 elk, 422 white-tailed deer, 87 mule deer, three black bears, three bighorn sheep and one moose at its three wildlife check stations in west-central Montana with one week remaining in the general big game hunting season.
Windy and Warm Keeps Elk, Mule Deer Numbers Below Average on Front - Recent windy and warm weather on the Rocky Mountain Front has kept the numbers of hunters and hunter harvested mule deer and elk below long-term averages.
Third and fourth weekends of general hunt marked by warm weather in southwest Montana - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks operated four check stations in Region 3 during the third weekend of the general deer and elk hunt, and three check stations during the fourth weekend. Biologists observed fewer hunters in the field than the same weekends in 2018, as well as reduced harvest.
Wind, mud challenge weekend hunters in south central Montana - Mild temperatures, but high winds in south central Montana, marked the fourth weekend of the state’s general big-game hunting season. Hunters in all corners of the region reported seeing evidence that the deer rut is in full swing. As a result, hunters were out in fair numbers and the deer harvest was solid.
Hunter Success Picks Up in Northwest Montana - Kalispell, MT — With two weeks left in Montana’s general hunting season, the percentage of hunters with harvested game is slightly ahead of last year in northwest Montana.
Week 3 check stations see more hunters, game - It was a very chilly and snowy weekend Nov. 9 and 10, but many hunters still ventured out in southeastern Montana on the closing weekend for antelope season and the third week for deer and elk rifle season.
Hunting Totals Just Ahead of Last Year with Two Weeks Left - Deer and elk harvest and hunter participation started off slightly ahead of last season in west-central Montana and have stayed that way through the first three weeks of hunting season, according to data from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) hunter check stations. Two weeks remain in the general hunting season, which closes on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Carcass dumping is illegal, unsightly - FWP received a report this week of a mule deer doe being harvested and then dumped and left to waste in a ditch in the Sidney area.
The Rut is On: White-tailed Deer Harvest Picking Up - Kalispell, MT — The onset of rutting activity for white-tailed deer is already benefiting hunters across northwest Montana.
Hunter Harvest Near Average for Elk, Whitetail Deer Despite Unsettled Weather - Despite weather that’s windy and warm one day, then cold and snowy the next, hunters on the Rocky Mountain Front west of Augusta are taking home elk and white-tailed deer at numbers near or above long-term averages, a state wildlife biologist said.
Deer and Elk Harvest Remains Steady in West-Central Montana - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) reported checking 5,588 hunters with a harvest of 171 elk, 181 white-tailed deer, 48 mule deer, three black bears, three bighorn sheep and one moose at its three permanent check stations in west-central Montana during the first three weekends of the general big game hunting season.
Montana National Guard to Conduct Purple Heart Hunt on Fort Harrison - Helena – The Montana National Guard annually provides the opportunity for up to five Purple Heart recipients to hunt mule deer on the training area of Fort William Henry Harrison in accordance with regulations associated with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Hunting District 388. Being a Purple Heart recipient is the only requirement to be eligible for this program.
Four trophy deer poached, left to waste north of Hardin - BILLINGS – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward for information about four trophy mule deer bucks that were killed illegally and left to waste north of Hardin on Oct. 24.
Week 2 of general deer, elk hunt brings more hunter success in Region 3 - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks operated four check stations in Region 3 during the second weekend of the general deer and elk hunt.
FWP reminds waterfowl hunters to be water wise - Do you hunt waterfowl or hunt in and around lakes, streams, rivers or ponds? Do you use a jon boat, rowboat, duck-boat or a blind near your favorite haunt? If you do, don’t forget to be water wise!
Carbon County deer tests positive for CWD - A mule deer buck harvested during the archery season northeast of Joliet tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.
Hunter numbers, deer harvest better at most south central Montana check stations - Seasonal temperatures and generally dry skies drove up the number of hunters who took to the field in south central Montana over the weekend. And those who stopped at check stations run by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks mostly were able to harvest more deer than during the same weekend in 2018


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