deer

Harvest slows in Region One
By Moosetrack Megan


At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, October 30, a total of 6,051 hunters checked 454 white-tailed deer (220 of these were bucks), 51 mule deer, and  45 elk for a 9.1 percent rate of hunters with game.  This compares to a 7.2 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 hunters and the percentage of hunters with game declined from the highs observed in the opening weekend.  After two weeks whitetail buck harvest was similar to last year.  This was expected as the opportunity to harvest antlerless white-tailed deer on a general hunting license ended Friday the 28th for hunters 16yrs old and older.   “Even though the weather cooperated on Saturday, it was a slow day for check stations,” Anderson said. “Typically we see a decline in hunter success the second weekend because   deer are more wary after having a week of hunters in the field and rut has not yet started.”

 

Anderson reminds hunters only antlered white-tailed deer may be harvested on a general license in most hunting districts. Youth hunters 15 years of age and younger, and people with disabilities permitted to hunt from a vehicle, can take antlerless white-tailed deer through the end of the season.

 

Hunters are reminded that elk hunting is brow-tined bull only and spike elk are not legal game.  These regulations apply in most Region One hunting districts.  Hunters are encouraged to check the Montana hunting regulations for the district they plan to hunt before heading out to the field. Hunters are also reminded to be bear-aware and properly store food and manage carcasses properly both in the field and at home.

 

Attached: Region One Check Station Summary…

 

 

 

REGION ONE CHECK STATION SUMMARY

Through October 30, 2016

 

STATION NUMBER

HUNTERS

WHITE-TAILED

DEER

 

WT

Bucks

MULE

DEER

ELK %

HUNTERS

WITH GAME

  2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015
 

Hwy 2

 

2525 2370 196 133 91 95 26 21 20 20 9.6 7.3
 

Swan

 

702 667 66 39 32 26 0 2 1 3 9.5 6.6
 

North

Fork

402 369 12 18 5 11 3 1 0 0 3.7 5.1
 

Thompson

Falls

756 680 51 35 22 24 10 3 15 10 10.1 7.1
 

Olney

 

867 788 100 87 57 72 3 4 3 0 12.2 11.5
 

Canoe Gulch

 

799 725 29 16 13 15 9 7 6 2 5.5 3.4
 

Totals

 

6051 5599 454 328 220 243 51 38 45 35 9.1 7.2

 

 

 

 

R-1 CHECK STATION TRENDS

Through October 30, 2016

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
2016 6051 454 220 51 45