Entering the final week of the big game season, mule deer hunters in northcentral Montana have harvested animals right at the long-term average, while elk and whitetail hunters are slightly behind the curve.
At the end of the fourth week of the general deer and elk rifle season, statistics gathered at Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Augusta biological check station put the number of elk taken this year at 129, that’s down slightly from the 10-year average of 191.
White-tailed deer numbers this year are also down a bit at 174 compared to the 10-year average of 226.
But for mule deer hunters, this year’s numbers equal exactly the long-term average: 255 versus 255.
The general big game season continues through one-half hour after sunset Nov. 30.
While the numbers at the Augusta check station - FWP Region 4’s sole biological check station - apply only to a handful of hunting districts on the Rocky Mountain Front, they often mirror conditions elsewhere in northcentral Montana.