Hunter numbers during the opening days of the 2007 big game season in southeastern Montana were slightly higher than last year according to total number of hunters passing through the Hysham check station. Hunter success rate was high and most folks were successful.
Antelope harvest was less than last fall. Bluetongue spread through parts of southeastern Montana and antelope numbers were reduced prior to the season opener. Hunter success was high even with a reduced antelope population in some locations.
Mule deer harvest was virtually identical to last year. Folks are seeing a lot of deer so the harvest opportunities are good. Southeastern Montana hunters harvested several mule deer does.
White-tail deer harvest was about the same as last year. Hunters have been finding deer along the river and creek drainages with agricultural fields close by.
Upland game bird harvest numbers are less than last fall. Total harvest was down by about 40% when compared to the same time period as the fall of 2006.
Field conditions have been mostly dry and warm. Fall moisture and cooler daytime temperatures should improve the overall hunting conditions.
See attachment for statistics.