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Final Weekend of Hunting Season in Region 3 Sees Slight Harvest Increase
Monday, November 26, 2012
Hunting - Region 3
This news release was archived on Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hunter harvest picked up the last two weekends of the general deer and elk season, but numbers were down a bit from the same weekend last year. Staff and volunteers checked 1294 hunters with 18 white-tailed deer, 48 mule deer, and 62 elk. The percentage of hunters with game jumped from just over 8% in the fifth weekend to nearly 10% in the sixth (and final) weekend.
 
Reports from the check stations indicate that many of those who enjoyed a successful hunt found their animals up high. Region 3 Wildlife Manager Howard Burt said “Given our relatively mild start to the winter, we had a slow, but moderate harvest. That recent bit of snow certainly helped our last minute hunters.”
 
Here’s a look at the final weekend data:

2012 R3 Check Station Summary - Weekend 6, Nov. 24 & 25
Check Station
Hunters
White-tailed Deer
Mule Deer
Elk
% Hunters w/ Game
 
 
M
F
Juv
Tot.
M
F
Juv
Tot.
M
F
Juv
Tot.
 
Gallatin
132
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
3
3
5
0
8
8.30%
Cameron  
326
3
1
2
6
8
0
0
8
17
5
1
23
11.30%
Divide       
231
2
3
0
5
16
2
0
18
6
4
1
11
14.70%
Mill Creek 
122
0
1
0
1
3
0
0
3
0
3
0
3
5.70%
Silver City
483
4
1
1
6
11
5
0
16
5
9
3
17
8.10%
Totals
1294
9
6
3
18
41
7
0
48
31
26
5
62
9.90%

 
 
Overall, this year’s numbers dipped only somewhat from last year in terms of the percentage of hunters with game (from 7.7% in 2011 to 6.9% in 2012). Otherwise numbers are quite similar for the last two seasons when comparing the same check stations (Gallatin only operated the first and last weekend, and Livingston was not open at all).