North-West Montana Harvest Picks Up Before Last Weekend
By Hookemharry

Posted: November 22, 2011

Region 1 – Whitetail deer harvest picked up considerably during the past weekend, as snow and the rut improved hunting conditions.

At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 20, a total of 14,986 hunters checked 606 white-tailed deer (494 of these were bucks), 70 mule deer, and 87 elk for a 5.1 percent rate of hunters with game (as compared to 6.9 percent last year). Reflecting the improved hunting conditions, hunters checked 200 whitetail bucks through the check stations on Saturday and Sunday. According to Biologist John Vore at the Swan Valley Check Station, hunters checked more whitetail bucks on Saturday and Sunday than they had during the previous four weekends combined.

The number of deer and elk checked still lags considerably behind this same point last year, as hunters have checked 22 percent fewer whitetail bucks, 44 percent fewer mule deer, and 26 percent fewer elk.

The counts at the six northwest Montana check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken.

Before heading to the field during this final week of deer and elk season, hunters should refer to the hunting regulations for the hunting district they plan to hunt.

 

Region One Check Station Summary – Through November 20, 2011
STATION HUNTER
NUMBERS

WHITE-TAILED
DEER

WHITE-TAILED
BUCKS

MULE
DEER

ELK
%
HUNTERS
WITH GAME
2011 2010 2011 2010 2011 2010 2011 2010 2011 2010 2011 2010
HWY 2 5,259 4,693 217 237 183 204 34 36 28 29 5.3 6.4
SWAN 2,781 2,799 146 213 116 179 2 7 13 18 5.8 8.5
NORTH
FORK
1,113 1,314 17 58 11 48 3 16 2 5 2.0 6.0
THOMPSON
FALLS
1,809 1,840 77 71 61 56 4 19 28 50 6.0 7.6
OLNEY 2,114 2,128 116 135 92 114 5 20 6 4 6.0 7.5
CANOE
GULCH
1,910 1,682 33 40 31 34 22 28 10 9 3.4 4.6
TOTALS 14,986 14,456 606 754 494 635 70 126 87 115 5.1