R1: General Hunting Season Down to Final Week
By angelamontana

Posted: November 20, 2018

The general hunting season ends Nov. 25. Activity continues to increase across Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ five game check stations in northwest Montana (Region 1), although overall numbers remain down from previous years for reported hunters, white-tailed deer and elk.

So far, 11,574 hunters have checked 583 white-tailed deer, including 388 bucks, as well as 82 mule deer and 52 elk. Overall hunter success is 6.2 percent compared to 7.5 percent a year ago.

“The final week of hunting season is always exciting,” said Neil Anderson, FWP Region 1 wildlife manager. “Hopefully the weather will improve for hunting conditions. We hope everyone enjoys a safe time in the woods as the season wraps up.”

The counts at the hunter check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken. Hunters are required to stop at game check stations they encounter, even if they have not harvested an animal.

  • Either-sex white-tailed deer can be harvested across most of the region from Nov. 19-25 on private lands, excluding private timberlands such as Weyerhaeuser, Stoltze and Stimson property. Check the hunting regulations for more district-specific information.
  • Mule deer buck hunting in the North Fisher portion of Hunting District 103 near Libby is permit-only.
  • This year there are new regulations and carcass transport restrictions surrounding the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD). FWP has established CWD positive areas and transport restriction zones (TRZ) in parts of the state where the disease was found. To prevent the spread of CWD, no brain or spinal column material from animals taken in positive areas are allowed outside the transport restriction zones. For information about positive areas and TRZs, visit fwp.mt.gov.
  • Properly dispose of carcasses. Once an animal with CWD dies, any part of the carcass can transmit the disease for at least two years. Safely dispose of all animal parts in solid waste landfills to help keep our local herds clean of CWD.
  • “Be Bear Aware” and properly store food and manage carcasses. More safety information is available on the FWP website, fwp.mt.gov. Residents can call FWP regional offices for more information. In northwest Montana, call (406) 752-5501.

(via MT FWP)

REGION 1 CHECK STATION SUMMARY

Through Fifth Weekend, November 18, 2018

 

STATION NUMBER

HUNTERS

WHITE-TAILED

DEER

 

WT

Bucks

MULE

DEER

ELK %

HUNTERS

WITH GAME

  2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017
 

Hwy 2

 

4,853 5,632 243 345 149 226 36 13 12 26 6.1 6.8
 

Swan

 

1,772 1,827 106 162 73 116 0 3 2 4 6.1 9.3
 

Thompson

Falls

1,361 1,355 45 80 31 40 15 1 23 26 6.1 7.9
 

Olney

 

2,093 2,306 162 218 117 169 14 2 6 5 8.7 9.8
 

Canoe Gulch

 

1,495 1,806 27 56 18 41 14 21 9 9 3.3 4.8
 

Totals

 

11,574 12,926 583 861 388 592 82 40 52 70 6.2 7.5

 

R-1 CHECK STATION TRENDS

Through Fifth Weekend, November 18, 2018

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
2018 11,574 583 388 82 52