Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Hunting News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/hunting/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en Deer Harvest Slightly Higher than Last Year in Northwest Montana as Season Ends http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2223.html At the six northwest Montana check stations, whitetail deer harvest finished slightly ahead of last year’s totals as the season wrapped up on Sunday. At the six northwest Montana check stations through the end of the season on Sunday, November 30, a total of 16,708 hunters checked 1,138 white-tailed deer ( 988 of these were bucks), 139 mule deer, and 50 elk for a 7.9 percent rate of hunters with game. This is slightly higher than the 7.1 percent of hunters with game last year. The number of hunters in northwest Montana was down nine percent as compared to last year’s total. The counts at the six northwest Montana check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken. Details of total harvest for each hunting district will be known after telephone hunter surveys are completed this winter. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:19:40 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2223.html 2014-12-11T23:19:40Z 2014 hunter numbers, deer harvest down from average http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2222.html The number of hunters who stopped at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 5 check stations during the 2014 general season was down about 11 percent from the long-term average. The number of deer checked also was lower than average, but the elk harvest remained strong – up 30 percent from average. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:14:32 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2222.html 2014-12-02T20:14:32Z Closing weekend hunter numbers down from 2013, harvest higher http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2221.html Cold temperatures and high winds kept many south central Montana hunters at home or near their vehicles for the closing weekend of the five-week 2014 general big-game season. Those who weathered the elements did well, however, as the percentage of hunters who brought animals to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations was better than during the same weekend in 2013. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:55:08 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2221.html 2014-12-02T18:55:08Z Region 3 Weekend 6 Hunting Numbers http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2220.html Hunters venturing out on the final weekend of the general deer and elk season were met with plummeting temperatures and moderate success. In at least one case, a near 60-degree temperature drop was noted on Saturday alone. Another station closed early on Saturday when only 32 hunters came by the typically busy check station by mid-afternoon. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:20:32 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2220.html Andrea Jones 2014-12-01T22:20:32Z Whitetail Harvest Up, Mule Deer and Elk on Par at Season End in West-Central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2219.html The big game hunting season closed on Sunday with elk and mule deer harvest on par with last season, and white-tailed deer harvest solidly higher at all three hunter check stations in west-central Montana. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:33:55 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2219.html 2014-12-01T18:33:55Z Dead Grizzly Bear Reported in the North Fork of the Flathead Drainage http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2218.html Montana Game Wardens and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agents are looking for information on a Grizzly Bear that was shot and killed on November 12, 2014, in the Hay/Moran Creek area in the North Fork of the Flathead Drainage. The initial report was made to FWP by hunter in the area. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:27:51 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2218.html 2014-11-25T16:27:51Z Deer Harvest Slightly Ahead of Last Year in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2217.html Deer harvest in northwest Montana is slightly ahead of last year at the same point in the season, according to check station results around Region One. At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 23, a total of 14, 194 hunters checked 879 white-tailed deer (766 of these were bucks) as compared to 842 whitetails last year). Also in the count were 124 mule deer, and 43 elk for an overall 7.4 percent rate of hunters with game. Harvest was up slightly as compared to last year when 6.7 percent of hunters checked game. Hunter numbers are down about six percent as compared to last year. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:26:17 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2217.html 2014-11-25T16:26:17Z Windy weather limits hunter numbers, success in south central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2216.html Windy, cold weather over the weekend kept many south central Montana hunter home and limited the success of those who went to the field. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:45:47 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2216.html 2014-11-24T17:45:47Z White-Tailed Deer Harvest Up In West-Central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2215.html White-tailed deer harvest picked up markedly at the Bonner Check Station in the fourth week of the general big game hunting season, and whitetail harvest remained higher than last year’s pace at the Anaconda and Darby Check Stations in west-central Montana. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:41:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2215.html 2014-11-24T17:41:00Z Deer and Elk Harvest Similar to Last Year in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2214.html Deer harvest in northwest Montana is about the same as last year at the same point in the season, according to check station results around Region One. At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 17, a total of 11,233 hunters checked 597 white-tailed deer (511 of these were bucks), 108 mule deer, and 38 elk for a 6.6 percent rate of hunters with game. Harvest was similar to last year when 6.2 percent of hunters checked game. Hunter numbers are down slightly as compared to last year. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:13:59 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2214.html 2014-11-19T17:13:59Z Whitetail Deer Harvest Steady in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2213.html At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 9, a total of 8,095 hunters checked 428 whitetail deer (342 of these were bucks), 74 mule deer, and 28 elk for a 6.5 percent rate of hunters with game. Harvest was up as compared to last year when 5.2 percent of hunters checked game. The number of whitetail bucks checked is up 26 percent, mule deer numbers are about the same, and elk numbers are down 22 percent as compared to last year’s check station results at the same point in the season. Hunter numbers are down 7 percent. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:12:58 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2213.html 2014-11-19T17:12:58Z Whitetail Deer Harvest Remains Strong in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2212.html At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 2, a total of 5,589 hunters checked 281 white-tailed deer (235 of these were bucks), 54 mule deer, and 19 elk for a 6.3 percent rate of hunters with game. This compares to a 4.7 percent rate of hunters with game last year (see attached table). The counts at the six northwest Montana check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:10:16 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2212.html 2014-11-19T17:10:16Z Hunting Numbers for the Fourth Weekend of the Season in R3 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2211.html Check station data from southwest Montana for the fourth weekend of the general season. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:06:29 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2211.html Andrea Jones 2014-11-18T23:06:29Z Big Game Harvest Up on Rocky Mountain Front http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2210.html Harvest numbers for deer and elk on the Rocky Mountain Front have picked up with the change in the weather. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:25:08 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2210.html Bruce Auchly 2014-11-18T20:25:08Z Cold and Snow Keep Deer and Elk Harvest Slow but Steady http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2209.html Cold temperatures and snowfall kept hunter participation and harvest slow but steady in the third week of the general big game hunting season in west-central Montana. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:19:06 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2209.html 2014-11-18T18:19:06Z Hunter numbers, harvest strong despite wind and cold http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2208.html The number of hunters and the percentage of sportsmen who harvested animals remained strong over the weekend in south central Montana, despite challenging weather conditions. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:40:49 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2208.html 2014-11-17T16:40:49Z Third Weekend of 2014 Season worth the Effort http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2207.html Miles City — Colder weather in southeast Montana did not seem to limit the number of hunters who went to the field during the third weekend of the 2014 general big game season. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:53:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2207.html 2014-11-12T23:53:00Z Hunting Numbers for the Third Weekend of the Season in R3 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2206.html In Region 3, hunters were again met by relatively warm conditions for their deer and elk hunts on Saturday. However, rain and wind moved in on Sunday and that reportedly got some animals moving, giving hunters more opportunity for success on Sunday. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:17:11 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2206.html Andrea Jones 2014-11-10T22:17:11Z For Third Weekend: Deer, Elk Harvest Continue Below Average on Front http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2205.html At the end of the third weekend of Montana’s big game general season on the Rocky Mountain Front, elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer harvest numbers continue to be far below the 10-year average, a state wildlife biologist says. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:37:55 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2205.html Bruce Auchly 2014-11-10T19:37:55Z Deer Harvest Stays Steady in Western Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2204.html Deer harvest remained steady and elk harvest slow through the second week of big game hunting season in west-central Montana. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:09:04 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2204.html 2014-11-10T18:09:04Z Hunter Numbers Strong, Wildlife Harvest Down on Rocky Mountain Front http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2202.html The number of hunters remains strong on the Rocky Mountain Front but the number of animals taken remains below the 10-year average at the close of the second weekend of Montana’s general big game season. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:39:36 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2202.html Bruce Auchly 2014-11-05T18:39:36Z Hunting numbers low in south central Montana for second weekend of general season http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2201.html The number of hunters who stopped at south central Montana check stations – and the percentage of hunters with animals – generally were very low during the second weekend of the 2014 general big-game season. Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:54:02 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2201.html 2014-11-03T21:54:02Z Weather Plays Role in Opening-Weekend Hunting Success in South Central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2200.html Weather in south central Montana played a big role in the opening day of the 2014 general big game season. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:34:07 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2200.html 2014-10-30T16:34:07Z Hunting Experience Positive in Southeastern Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2199.html MILES CITY--Hunters stopping at various Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations throughout southeastern Montana consistently report having a positive experience and an increase in the number of antelope, deer and elk observed during their hunt compared to last year. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:20:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2199.html 2014-10-28T20:20:00Z Hunters Be Cautious While Hunting Near Marias Pass http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_4111.html A wounded grizzly bear in HD 415 near Marias Pass is cause for hunters to take extra caution while hunting and removing animals from the field. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:20:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_4111.html 2014-10-28T19:20:00Z