Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Wildlife and Enforcement staff ran an antelope check station along I-15 near Kidd in southwest Montana over the weekend. Despite consistently strong winds, hunter success this first weekend of the year was at 61 percent, compared to 47 percent in 2014. A total of 126 antelope were checked at the station, up from 90 antelope checked last year.
Hunters also reported much higher instances of observing moose, mule deer, sage grouse and other wildlife. Biologists attribute the increase in mule deer and sage grouse sightings to two years of mild winters and productive growing seasons.
Antelope season runs through November 8.
Photo caption: Robin Jenkins with an antelope killed this week.