MILES CITY — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biological check stations that were held across southeast Montana in Glendive, Hysham and Ashland saw an increase in the number of hunters than in 2012, however success in deer harvest was down from last year and 27% below the long-term average. (Region 7 - Hunting - 12/05/2013)
Overall hunter numbers and big-game harvests were down at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 game check station outside Havre during the eight weekends it was open this fall. (Region 6 - Hunting - 12/05/2013)
Region 3 operated six check stations (Alder, Cameron, Divide, Gallatin, Mill Creek and Silver City) on the final weekend of the big game hunting season with most seeing a dip in the hunter success rate at respective stations from the previous week. Weather conditions were considerably mild with some areas in the northern parts of the region dealing with rain. (Region 3 - Hunting - 12/02/2013)
More hunters stopped at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in south central Montana this year than in 2012, but the deer harvest was down from last year and the long-term average. The number of checked elk was up from last year and well above the long-term average. (Region 5 - Hunting - 12/02/2013)
The 2013 general hunting season for big game closed quietly in west-central Montana on Sunday evening, with deer harvests through the Anaconda, Bonner and Darby Check Stations nearly equaling those checked in 2011 and 2012, and elk harvests up slightly from last year. (Region 2 - Hunting - 12/02/2013)
Deer harvest in northwest Montana is well ahead of last year at the same point in the season, according to check station results around Region One.
At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 24, a total of 15,061 hunters checked 842 white-tailed deer (762 of these were bucks as compared to 532 last year). Also in the count were 116 mule deer, and 51 elk for an overall 6.7 percent rate of hunters with game. Harvest was up as compared to last year when 5.5 percent of hunters checked game. Hunter numbers are up eight percent as compared to last year.
(Region 1 - Hunting - 11/26/2013)
Total hunter numbers and animals reported through west-central Montana’s three hunter check stations are slightly higher than the last two seasons at the close of the fourth week. The general season for big game hunting will close at the end of Thanksgiving weekend. (Region 2 - Hunting - 11/25/2013)
Cold. Clear. Calm. These three words describe the conditions facing hunters in the second to last weekend of the big game season. Region 3 operated four game check stations (Cameron, Divide, Mill Creek and Silver City) seeing greater overall hunter success than the prior weekend (over 10 percent of hunters harvested game, compared with 7.4 percent the week before). (Region 3 - Hunting - 11/25/2013)