Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks 2011 Deer Hunting Outlook, September 30, 2011



Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks 2011 Deer Hunting Outlook, September 30, 2011
     Montana’s mule deer populations are generally at or below long-term averages across the state, especially in the eastern half of the state where the winter was particularly severe. White-tailed deer numbers are generally better, with good numbers in many locations except for areas in central Montana where deer experienced an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease late this summer.
     FWP surveys show mule deer experienced major population decreases in northeastern Montana in FWP Region 6, especially in hunting districts 611, 630, 652, and 670. In those districts, antlerless mule deer "B" licenses were reduced by more than 90 percent below last year's levels in some cases. In southeastern Montana around the Miles City area, mule deer populations are below the long-term average, though white-tailed deer populations are above the long-term average.


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