Hunter, harvest numbers down in south central Montana November 26, 2012

Montana Deer Population,Management News and Information Archive

     Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists in south central Montana saw fewer hunters and less harvested game in 2012 than last year or the long-term average... For the year, south central Montana’s check stations saw 10.8 percent fewer hunters and 6.6 percent fewer harvested animals than in 2011.
West-Central Montana Deer and Elk Harvest Down this Season November 26, 2012
     Deer and elk harvest was down this hunting season in west-central Montana, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks says the numbers reflect conservative hunting regulations in many parts of the region, combined with the effect of relatively mild weather... check station data showed a mule deer harvest comparable to the 2011 season, but 45 percent below the five-year average, while white-tailed deer harvest was down 14 percent from last season and 27 percent below the five-year.
Deer regulations, like elk, are tightened in many parts of the region due to deer declines in recent years, but emerging data is starting to look promising for a whitetail population growth trend.  “The white-tailed deer buck harvest is trending gradually upward, which is really good news,” says FWP biologist, Jay Kolbe
Deer and elk harvest steady in northwest Montana November 21, 2012 Flathead Publishing Group
... Last week’s totals were 11,094 hunters checked 425 white-tailed deer, 368 of which were bucks, 64 mule deer, and 58 elk for a 4.9 percent rate of hunters with game at the six northwest Montana check stations through, Nov. 11. Harvest was up as compared to last year when 4.2 percent of hunters checked game for that week. The number of whitetail bucks checked was up 25 percent, mule deer numbers were up 23 percent, and elk was down nine percent ..



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