The recent weekend found warm, almost balmy weather in southeastern Montana. Some hunters found success with big game and upland game birds over the weekend. Hunters harvested more mule deer and white-tailed deer than the previous weekend. Pheasant harvest has fallen off compared to the opening weekend. Hunters found the birds are running hard and they are difficult to get within shotgun range.
Since the beginning of antelope season, 334 antelope have passed through the Hysham check station. Seventy mule deer and twenty-seven white-tailed deer have been through the check station since the opening weekend. Upland game bird hunters have checked 417 birds this fall as compared to 200 for the fall of 2005.
Overall the hunters have expressed satisfaction with their hunting experience. The weather has cooled off and a small amount of snow has recently fallen. Hunting conditions are improving and hunters will take to the field with high expectations.
The Hysham check station is operated most weekends during the hunting season at the rest area on I-94 just west of Hysham. It is the main biological check station for the Region 7 area.
See the attached table for exact numbers and a comparison to last year's figures.