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General Hunting Season Down to Final Week

Hunting - Region 1

Mon Nov 19 12:27:13 MST 2018

Kalispell, MT — The big-game hunting season is down to the final days across Montana.

The general hunting season ends Nov. 25. Activity continues to increase across Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ five game check stations in northwest Montana (Region 1), although overall numbers remain down from previous years for reported hunters, white-tailed deer and elk.

So far, 11,574 hunters have checked 583 white-tailed deer, including 388 bucks, as well as 82 mule deer and 52 elk. Overall hunter success is 6.2 percent compared to 7.5 percent a year ago.

“The final week of hunting season is always exciting,” said Neil Anderson, FWP Region 1 wildlife manager. “Hopefully the weather will improve for hunting conditions. We hope everyone enjoys a safe time in the woods as the season wraps up.”

The counts at the hunter check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken. Hunters are required to stop at game check stations they encounter, even if they have not harvested an animal.

  • Either-sex white-tailed deer can be harvested across most of the region from Nov. 19-25 on private lands, excluding private timberlands such as Weyerhaeuser, Stoltze and Stimson property. Check the hunting regulations for more district-specific information.
  • Mule deer buck hunting in the North Fisher portion of Hunting District 103 near Libby is permit-only.
  • This year there are new regulations and carcass transport restrictions surrounding the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD). FWP has established CWD positive areas and transport restriction zones (TRZ) in parts of the state where the disease was found. To prevent the spread of CWD, no brain or spinal column material from animals taken in positive areas are allowed outside the transport restriction zones. For information about positive areas and TRZs, visit fwp.mt.gov.
  • Properly dispose of carcasses. Once an animal with CWD dies, any part of the carcass can transmit the disease for at least two years. Safely dispose of all animal parts in solid waste landfills to help keep our local herds clean of CWD.
  • “Be Bear Aware” and properly store food and manage carcasses. More safety information is available on the FWP website, fwp.mt.gov. Residents can call FWP regional offices for more information. In northwest Montana, call (406) 752-5501.

 

REGION 1 CHECK STATION SUMMARY

Through Fifth Weekend, November 18, 2018

 

STATION

NUMBER

HUNTERS

WHITE-TAILED

DEER

 

WT

Bucks

MULE

DEER

ELK

%

HUNTERS

WITH GAME

 

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

 

Hwy 2

 

4,853

5,632

243

345

149

226

36

13

12

26

6.1

6.8

 

Swan

 

1,772

1,827

106

162

73

116

0

3

2

4

6.1

9.3

 

Thompson

Falls

1,361

1,355

45

80

31

40

15

1

23

26

6.1

7.9

 

Olney

 

2,093

2,306

162

218

117

169

14

2

6

5

8.7

9.8

 

Canoe Gulch

 

1,495

1,806

27

56

18

41

14

21

9

9

3.3

4.8

 

Totals

 

11,574

12,926

583

861

388

592

82

40

52

70

6.2

7.5

 

R-1 CHECK STATION TRENDS

Through Fifth Weekend, November 18, 2018

Year

Hunter #s

Total WTD

WT Bucks

Mule Deer

Elk

2010

13,142

696

587

110

110

2011

13,873

589

483

67

85

2012

13,099

589

516

96

64

2013

14,176

821

746

99

51

2014

13,239

856

748

118

42

2015

14,260

910

746

110

76

2016

13,247

1,101

784

123

62

2017

12,926

861

592

40

70

2018

11,574

583

388

82

52