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Hunters Overtake Average Season

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Headlines - Region 4

A steady season-long effort by hunters on the Rocky Mountain Front ended the general deer and elk season Nov. 25 with numbers that mostly reached and passed 10-year harvest averages for deer and elk.

While the last week of the season featured snow and cold and brought out many hunters, says Brett Lonner, Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist, hunter effort was present throughout the whole season.

“The harvest really came on strong the last week of the season,” Lonner says, “but it was fairly steady and consistent through the season.”

The Augusta check station gathers data mostly from six hunting districts around the Sun River Wildlife Management Area on the Front. Data collected indicate hunters passed the long-term harvest average in six of nine categories for the general deer and elk season that ended a half hour after sunset Nov. 25.

This year, elk hunters checked in 149 bulls, 163 cows and 26 calves. The 10-year average is 113 bulls, 79 cows, and 18 calves.

Whitetail hunters checked in 180 bucks, 73 does and 13 fawns. The 10-year average is 155 bucks, 88 does and 49 fawns.

Mule deer hunters checked in 367 bucks, 60 does and 1 fawn. The 10-year average is 290 bucks, 35 does and 7 fawns.

While the general 2007 big game hunting season ended Sunday, Nov. 25, elk hunting continues in many areas through Dec. 9, to reduce elk populations in several hunting districts, including the Rocky Mountain Front.

For more information contact any FWP office or check the FWP web site: www.fwp.mt.gov.