Harsh weather, disease in NE Montana reflected in fall big-game harvests November 6, 2011

Montana Population Deer Population and Management News Archive


... Deer numbers also took a nosedive with a combination of the tough winter and a summer outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease. Check station information gathered so far shows mule deer harvest is down 46 percent from the long-term average, while the white-tailed deer harvest is down 38 percent... Antelope were particularly hard hit last winter, as snows piled so deep they starved to death, unable to reach forage ... 

Deer, antelope harvest declines in northeast November 7, 2011, Montana, Great Falls Tribune
... a harsh winter combined with spring flooding and a summer disease outbreak have reduced antelope and deer numbers, leading to fewer hunters visiting northeast Montana. "Hunter numbers so far are down 31 percent from ... the wet weather has caused duck numbers to skyrocket, while elk have benefited from more forage and are more widely distributed.

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