Despite the slow start to the 2010 general hunting season in southwest Montana, elk harvest really picked up during the final weekend and was well above both 2009 and six-year average levels.
Overall 13.6 percent of hunters checked game through the seven check stations with 205 elk, 35 mule deer, and 40 white-tailed deer. About 2,062 hunters stopped at a southwest Montana check station.
Elk and white-tailed deer harvest in the final weekend were higher than in 2009 while mule deer harvest was considerably lower. Hunter numbers were up slightly and the percent of hunters with game was four percentage points higher than in 2009.
Elk and white-tailed deer harvest during the final weekend were above the six-year average of 123 elk and 33 white-tailed deer, while mule deer harvest was well-below the six-year average of 90. Hunter numbers were slightly lower than the six-year average of 2,171and the percent of hunters with game was about two percentage points higher than the six-year average of 11.4 percent.