With the end of the 2006 general deer and elk rifle season, it’s time to look at the numbers in north central Montana and figure out how the hunting season went.
In a word, average.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4 has only one general check station – in Augusta – and that gathers data from just five or six hunting districts along the Rocky Mountain Front. Nonetheless, the numbers seem to reflect hunters’ experiences through north central Montana.
“It seemed like a pretty good season for a lot of people,” says Brent Lonner, FWP wildlife biologist.
Lonner’s Augusta crew checked through 337 elk, 445 mule deer and 248 white-tailed deer. Compared to the last three years, this year’s elk totals slightly exceed the annual average of 295. Mule deer numbers were right at average, while whitetails were down a bit.
At the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area, hunters took 34 bull elk, 13 cows and 31 deer; again, an average season.
“Those numbers are right at average for the past five years,” says Cory Loecker, FWP wildlife biologist.Hunting for deer and elk at the Beartooth WMA, hunting district 455, is by permit only.