Deer Harvest Slightly Higher than Last Year in Northwest Montana as Season comes to an End November 26, 2012

Montana Deer Population,Management News and Information Archive

     At the six northwest Montana check stations, whitetail deer and mule deer harvest finished slightly ahead last year’s totals as the season wrapped up on Sunday. At the six northwest Montana check stations through the end of the season on Sunday, November 25, a total of 17,635 hunters checked 941 white-tailed deer ( 830 of these were bucks), 131 mule deer, and 78 elk for a 6.5 percent rate of hunters with game. This is slightly higher than the 6.1 percent of hunters with game last year.... Hunters checked 10 percent more whitetail bucks, 27 percent more mule deer, and 36 percent fewer elk as compared to last year... According to FWP Wildlife Manager Jim Williams, deer populations are still down overall, but there are signs that whitetail numbers are beginning to increase...

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