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Four more deer test positive for CWD bringing total for 2018 to 26 - Test results from the final CWD surveillance samples sent after the close of Montana’s general hunting season showed four more deer along the Hi-Line to be positive for chronic wasting disease.
FWP seeks comment on three wildlife proposals - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public review and comment on the following proposals: 2019 elk shoulder seasons, 2019-2020 Biennial Wildlife Management Area Public Use Rules and 2019 mule deer season changes in some districts in Region 5.
Nine more deer found suspect for CWD: 3 south of Billings, 6 on the Hi-Line - Test results from CWD surveillance samples taken during the last week of Montana’s general hunting season showed nine more deer to be suspect of chronic wasting disease.
Seven more deer found suspect for CWD along the Hi-Line - Seven mule deer bucks were found to be suspect of chronic wasting disease in the last week.
Archery management hunts for antlerless mule deer continue in Glendive, Ekalaka - The general hunting season has ended, but management season archery hunts for antlerless mule deer continue in both Glendive and Ekalaka through Feb. 15, 2019. No bucks may be harvested after the close of the general season (Nov. 25, 2018).
Hunter numbers, harvest on par at season-closing check stations - Sunday marked the close of the general hunting season with mild weather, steady hunter and harvest numbers and happy visitors to check stations manned by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Final weekend of the general season in Region 3 remains slow despite snow - The sixth and final weekend of the general hunting season was slow in most areas of southwest Montana. Alder and Cameron reported the highest number of hunter success overall. Alder had the highest mule deer harvest, Cameron reported the highest elk harvest, and Canyon Ferry had the highest success rate for white-tailed deer.
Wolf hunting to close in wolf management unit 313 - The hunting of all wolves in wolf management unit 313 will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.
Rocky Mountain Front: Mule Deer, Elk Harvest Down, Whitetail Numbers Up - Final numbers from the 2018 general deer and elk season put mule deer and elk taken by hunters on a portion of the Rocky Mountain Front west of Augusta lower than long-term averages, said a state wildlife biologist. Only white-tailed deer numbers were above long-term averages, said Brent Lonner, Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist.
Hunter, harvests numbers mixed for closing weekend in south central Montana - Hunters finished the 2018 general big-game season in good numbers in parts of south central Montana over the past weekend. Biologists at the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Lavina and Big Timber check stations saw more hunters and a larger harvest than last year. But FWP’s Billings and Columbus check stations continued a season-long trend of fewer hunters and fewer animals harvested.
Big Game Hunting Season Ends Slightly Below Average in Northwest Montana - Kalispell, MT — Montana’s general big game hunting season ended Nov. 25, 2018.
Hunting Season Closes on Par with Recent Years in West-Central Montana - Montana’s general big game hunting season closed Sunday, Nov. 25 with deer and elk harvest totals recorded at west-central Montana’s two hunter check stations on par with recent years.
Elk, Mule Deer Number 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.
Mule deer buck tests positive for CWD in Grand Teton National Park - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has been informed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department that a mule deer buck in Grand Teton National Park has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Fifth Weekend Saw Fewer Hunters and Low Deer Harvest in Region 3 - The number of hunters getting out into the field was below average in most areas over the fifth weekend of the general hunting season. White-tailed and mule deer harvest was below average throughout southwest Montana, the southern portion of region 3 continues to report higher harvest rates for elk. Hunters are encouraged to head outside for a final push before the season closes on Sunday.
South central Montana hunter numbers down, harvest mixed - The weekend’s weather provided hunters with mixed opportunities in south central Montana over the weekend. Conditions varied from snowy to windy to cold depending on what part of the region a hunter visited. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks saw an overall decline from last year in numbers of hunters who stopped at its check stations and the number of harvested animals they reported.
General Hunting Season Down to Final Week - Kalispell, MT — The big-game hunting season is down to the final days across Montana.
Hunter Harvest Keeps Pace Across West-Central Montana - Hunter harvests of elk and deer in west-central Montana kept pace with last year at the close of the fourth week of the general big game hunting season.
Hunter success dips at Week 3 check stations in Region 7 - Hunter success dipped at check stations in Hysham and Ashland on Sunday, but hunters were still happy and encountering wildlife.
Deer in Blaine County test positive for CWD - Test results from three deer harvested in Blaine County have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Colder temperatures and snow improve elk movement and hunter success - Variable weather across southwest Montana brought snow to higher elevations. Colder temperatures contributed to higher elk movement and improved tracking. With mild temperatures state-wide until this past weekend, hunters waited for improved conditions to pursue game.
Hunter Success Increasing in Northwest Montana - Kalispell, MT — Hunters were more successful last weekend across northwest Montana as the big-game hunting season approaches its final weeks.
Hunter Harvest Steady Across West-Central Montana - Big game harvest in west-central Montana maintained a steady pace through the fourth weekend of the general hunting season, bringing totals in line with average.
Testing confirms chronic wasting disease in deer harvested in Liberty and Carbon counties - Second tests on tissue samples from a white-tailed buck harvested in southern Liberty County and a mule deer doe harvested within the CWD-positive area in Carbon County came back positive for chronic wasting disease. The lab at Colorado State University confirmed the tests.
Deer Season to End in Part of Region 4, CWD Check Stations Reduce Hours - Hunters need to be aware that the deer season will soon close in four hunting districts in Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4.


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