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White-tailed Deer Harvest Steady in Northwest Montana
By Moosetrack Megan


White-tailed deer harvest remained steady and similar to last year this weekend in northwest Montana, according to check station results around Region One.

 

At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 13, a total of 10,977  hunters checked 785 white-tailed deer (497 of these were bucks), 113 mule deer, and 60 elk for a 8.7 percent rate of hunters with game.  Overall, harvest was up somewhat as compared to last year when 6.9 percent of hunters checked game.  Hunter numbers are down about eight percent as compared to last year.

 

According to FWP Region One Supervisor Neil Anderson, the warm weather this weekend made hunting a challenge, but hunters in general were reporting seeing good numbers of deer.

 

“The rut has started,” Anderson said.  “Hunters reported seeing bucks chasing does, and as a result we did see some mature bucks come through the check stations.  With the rut in full swing and cold weather, and possibly snow, coming this week, the upcoming weekend should be a good one.”

 

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.

 

Hunters are reminded that it is buck-only for whitetails in northwest Montana. Antlerless whitetails remain legal game for properly licensed youth 10-15 years of age, and hunters permitted to hunt from a vehicle.  Mule deer are buck-only for the entire season.  Elk are brow-tine bull only.  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 have taken 26 wolves in Region One to date, compared to 20 wolves taken at the same time last year.  Statewide, hunters have taken 81 wolves (as compared to 71 last year). This is a complete count of the number of wolves reported taken as of November 14.

 

Attached: Check station table for northwest Montana

 

 

 

 

 

REGION ONE CHECK STATION SUMMARY

Through November 13, 2016

 

STATION NUMBER

HUNTERS

WHITE-TAILED

DEER

 

WT

Bucks

MULE

DEER

ELK %

HUNTERS

WITH GAME

    2015   2015   2015   2015   2015   2015
 

Hwy 2

 

4145 4,912 320 274 195 211 46 43 25 27 9.4 7.0
 

Swan

 

1478 1,664 112 78 73 62 6 3 1 5 8.1 5.2
 

North

Fork

789 712 24 34 14 24 4 4 2 0 3.8 5.3
 

Thompson

Falls

1332 1,372 100 73 56 53 13 10 22 20 10.1 7.5
 

Olney

 

1725 1,693 174 167 122 142 13 8 4 3 11.1 10.5
 

Canoe Gulch

 

1508 1,538 55 43 37 36 31 25 6 6 6.1 4.8
 

Totals

 

10977 11,891 785 669 497 528 113 93 60 61 8.7 6.9

 

 

 

 

 

R-1 CHECK STATION TRENDS

Through November 13, 2016

Year Hunter #s Total WTD WT Bucks Mule Deer Elk
2010 11,589 434 345 97 83
2011 11,842 379 294 52 64
2012 11,094 425 368 64 58
2013 11,811 593 527 91 45
2014 11,233 597 511 108 38
2015 11,891 669 528 93 61
2016 10977 785 497 113 60