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Colder temperatures and snow improve elk movement and hunter success

Hunting

Wed Nov 14 09:33:22 MST 2018

Region 3, week 4 harvest report

R3 week 4


Variable weather across southwest Montana brought snow to higher elevations. Colder temperatures contributed to higher elk movement and improved tracking. With mild temperatures state-wide until this past weekend, hunters waited for improved conditions to pursue game.

Hunters saw higher success at the Cameron and Gardiner check stations, with Cameron reporting a record number of elk harvested in the 15-year record. Check stations across the region reported higher hunter numbers than previous weekends in response to the colder weather. Other stations are still reporting slow to average hunter success but higher numbers of hunters overall.