Antelope hunters in Montana will have to work a bit harder to find good antelope hunting this fall, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials say.
While fawn production and winter survival have rebounded after a series of extreme winters, most populations are only now climbing back to average levels across the state.
"Antelope hunting will be a challenge," said Quentin Kujala, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' wildlife sections coordinator in Helena. "Populations, especially in eastern and north central Montana, are still in recovery mode."
Montana's antelope archery season will close Oct. 5 and the general rifle season for antelope will run Oct. 6-Nov. 11.
For more information on antelope hunting in Montana, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov, click "Hunting" then click Hunting Guide.
Here's a regional rundown on what antelope hunters can expect this season.
Region 2—Western Montana
Region 3—Southwestern Montana
Region 4—Central Montana
Regions 5 — South Central Montana
Region 6—Northeastern Montana
Region 7—Southeastern Montana