Harvest only up slightly in Region 1
By Moosetrack Megan


KALISPELL, Mont.) Harvest picked up slightly over the weekend, increasing the percentage of hunters with game to 7.5%, up from 6.8% last weekend.   Fifty elk have come through check stations this year so far, which is similar to last year.  Mule deer buck numbers are considerably lower than the previous years.  Forty-three mule deer bucks have been harvested at this point in the season, compared to 123 last year. 

“Snow conditions are still making it a challenge” said Neil Anderson, R1 Wildlife Manager.  According to Tim Thier, FWP Biologist in the Eureka area, “hunters are looking for areas where the snow has melted, and walking is quieter; and are having pretty good success”.  As of the fifth weekend of the season, 9.8% of the hunters at the Olney check station have had game, the highest percentage in the region.

Starting today, November 20, hunters can harvest an antlerless whitetail on a general license on private property only (does not apply to corporate timber company lands).  Except for HD170, harvest in the rest of the region is limited to antlered buck white-tailed deer, buck mule deer and brow-tine bull elk on a general tag.  Apprentice and youth hunters under the age of 16 can harvest antlerless whitetail deer on a general license all season long.  The general season ends on Sunday, November 26.  Check the Montana hunting regulations for the district you plan to hunt.

R1 Check Station Summary, Week 4, through November 19, 2017, attached. 

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REGION ONE CHECK STATION SUMMARY

Week 4, through November 19, 2017

STATION

NUMBER

HUNTERS

WHITE-TAILED

DEER

WT

Bucks

MULE

DEER

ELK

%

HUNTERS

WITH GAME

2017

2016

2017

2016

2017

2016

2017

2016

2017

2016

2017

2016

Hwy 2

5632

5,317

345

443

226

302

13

52

26

25

6.8

9.8

Swan

1827

1,966

162

179

116

129

3

6

4

2

9.3

9.5

Thompson

Falls

1355

1,750

80

134

40

85

1

13

26

23

7.9

9.7

Olney

2306

2,300

218

264

169

206

2

14

5

4

9.8

12.3

Canoe Gulch

1806

1,914

56

81

41

62

21

38

9

8

4.8

6.6

 

Totals

 

12,926

13,247

861

1,101

592

784

40

123

70

62

7.5

9.7

 

R-1 CHECK STATION TRENDS

Week 4, through November 19, 2017

Year

Hunter #s

Total WTD

WT Bucks

Mule Deer

Elk

2010

13,142

696

587

110

110

2011

13,873

589

483

67

85

2012

13,099

589

516

96

64

2013

14,176

821

746

99

51

2014

13,239

856

748

118

42

2015

14,260

910

746

110

76

2016

13,247

1,101

784

123

62

2017

12,926

861

592

40

70






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