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Region One Deer Harvest Numbers
By Moosetrack Megan


Deer Harvest Numbers Solid in Northwest Montana as Season Ends

Northwest Montana hunters wrapped up another successful big game season on Sunday.

At the six northwest Montana check stations through the end of the season on Sunday, November 27, a total of 17,656  hunters checked  1,494 white-tailed deer ( 1,069 of these were bucks), 146 mule deer, and 72 elk for an  9.7 percent rate of hunters with game. This is slightly higher than the 8.2 percent of hunters with game last year. The number of hunters passing through check stations in northwest Montana was down four percent.

The number of whitetail bucks checked this year (1,069) was nearly identical to last year (1,067).  Both numbers were greater than harvests during the five previous seasons.

Region One Wildlife Manager Neil Anderson notes that FWP has been tracking several years of good fawn survival in northwest Montana, and the check station sample this year confirms that hunters were able to see and take good numbers of white-tailed deer despite mild hunting conditions.   Elk numbers at the check stations were down slightly and mule deer numbers were up.

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. Details of total harvest for each hunting district will be known after telephone hunter surveys are completed this winter.

Wolf harvest: Through the end of the general deer and elk season, hunters in northwest Montana Region One have taken 34 wolves.  Statewide, 106 wolves have been taken. These totals are up slightly from last year at the end of the general deer and elk season. The wolf hunting season continues until March 15.  Hunters can still purchase a wolf hunting license, but there is a 24-hour waiting period before it is valid.  Wolf trapping begins on December 15.  Wolf trappers must purchase a furbearer trapping license and have completed the wolf trapping certification course to trap wolves.  The bag limit is 5 wolves per hunter/trapper in any combination of hunting or trapping.

REGION ONE CHECK STATION SUMMARY

Through November 27, 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

6657

7,564

591

526

410

431

56

50

26

30

10.1

8.0

Swan

2471

2,647

219

157

163

134

6

5

2

5

9.2

6.3

North

Fork

1126

1,048

45

61

34

48

8

5

3

2

5.0

6.5

Thompson

Falls

2162

2,068

195

175

123

136

16

13

27

33

11.0

10.7

Olney

2916

2,728

347

298

264

250

16

14

5

4

12.6

11.6

Canoe Gulch

2324

2,356

97

77

75

68

44

38

9

12

6.5

5.4

 

Totals

 

17,656

18,411

1,494

1,294

1,069

1,067

146

125

72

86

9.7

8.2

R-1 CHECK STATION TRENDS

Through November 27, 2016

Year

Hunter #s

Total WTD

WT Bucks

Mule Deer

Elk

2010

17,564

1,055

888

159

158

2011

18,561

911

753

103

121

2012

17,635

941

830

131

78

2013

18,262

1,112

985

134

56

2014

16,708

1,138

988

139

50

2015

18,411

1,294

1,067

125

86

2016

17,656

1,494

1,069

146

72