Region 1 – Whitetail Deer Harvest Remains Strong in Northwest Montana
By Kamp Cook


At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 1, a total of 5,599 hunters checked 328 white-tailed deer (243 of these were bucks), 38 mule deer, and  35 elk for a 7.2 percent rate of hunters with game.  This compares to a 6.3 percent rate of hunters with game last year (see attached table).  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.
 
FWP Wildlife Manager Neil Anderson notes that the number of white-tail deer brought through the check stations is up about 42% from last year, the number of elk is almost double, but the number of mule deer is down about 30%.
 
Hunters are reminded that it is buck-only for white-tails in northwest Montana. Antlerless white-tails remain legal game for youth 12-15 years of age (and some qualifying 10 and 11-year- olds, see regulations).  Mule deer are buck-only for the entire season.  Elk are brow-tine bull only, unless you have an antlerless elk license.  Spike bull elk are not legal game for any hunter in Region One.  Hunters should refer to the hunting regulations for the hunting district they plan to hunt.
 
Wolf harvest: Hunters are required to report a wolf harvest to FWP within 24 hours.  As of November 2, a total of 16 wolves have been taken by hunters in northwest Montana Region One compared to 13 at this time last year.  A total of 50 wolves have been harvested statewide compared to 48 this time last year.  The quota in wolf district 110 has been reached and that district is now closed. Wolf hunters should check the current wolf hunting regulations before heading out to the field.
 
 
–Attached: Check station table for northwest Montana
 
 
REGION ONE CHECK STATION SUMMARY
WEEK ONE – Through November 1, 2015
 
STATION
NUMBER
HUNTERS
WHITE-TAILED
DEER
 
WT
Bucks
MULE
DEER
ELK
%
HUNTERS
WITH GAME
 
2015
2014
2015
2014
2015
2014
2015
2014
2015
2014
2015
2014
 
Hwy 2
 
2370
2245
133
139
95
112
21
28
20
5
7.3
7.7
 
Swan
 
667
770
39
24
26
20
2
1
3
0
6.6
3.2
 
North
Fork
369
418
18
3
11
2
1
0
0
1
5.1
1.0
 
Thompson
Falls
680
620
35
25
24
21
3
7
10
6
7.1
6.1
 
Olney
 
788
784
87
71
72
61
4
7
0
1
11.5
10.1
 
Canoe Gulch
 
725
752
16
19
15
19
7
11
2
6
3.4
4.8
 
Totals
 
5599
5589
328
281
243
235
38
54
35
19
7.2
6.3
 
 
 
 
R-1 CHECK STATION TRENDS
Through Week 1
Year
Hunter #s
Total WTD
WT Bucks
Mule Deer
Elk
2010
5,789
205
153
37
48
2011
5,783
207
155
22
37
2012
5,377
255
221
19
35
2013
5,775
197
162
48
28
2014
5,589
281
235
54
19
2015
5599
328
243
38
35

 






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