Heading into the final days of Montana’s big game general season, harvest numbers for elk and mule deer remain below the 10-year average on the Rocky Mountain Front, while white-tailed deer numbers are above the long-term average.
“The elk harvest has dropped to about 31 percent below the 10-year average,” said Brent Lonner, Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist. “The Sun River elk harvest continues to be very slow with very little migration of elk toward the Sun River Wildlife Management Area.”
The numbers were collected at FWP’s Augusta check station– the department’s sole Region 4 biological check station – and apply only to a handful of hunting districts on the Rocky Mountain Front.
Elk hunters so far this year have brought in 174 animals (92 bulls, 70 cows and 12 calves) compared to the 10-year average of 254 elk.
Mule deer at the check station have numbered 174 bucks and eight does. The 10-year average is 229 animals.
White-tailed deer numbers stand at 222 (160 bucks, 53 does and nine fawns), while the 10-year average is 190.
The general deer and elk season runs through Nov. 27.
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