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Deer and elk harvest in Northwest Montana remains slow
by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
November 11, 2010

At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 7, a total of 8,262 hunters checked 285 white-tailed deer (218 of these were bucks), 60 mule deer, and 66 elk for a 5.0 percent rate of hunters with game. 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. FWP Wildlife Manager Jim Williams notes that whitetail harvest remains slow at most check stations.

Hunters are reminded that it is buck-only for whitetails in northwest Montana. Antlerless whitetails remain legal game for youth 12-15 years of age (and some qualifying 11-year olds, see regulations) and disabled hunters with the Permit to Hunt from a Vehicle. Mule deer are buck-only for the entire season. Elk are brow-tine bull only except for youth 12-15 years of age (and some qualifying 11-year olds, see regulations), who can take an antlerless elk. Spike bull elk are not legal game for any hunter in Region One. Hunters should refer to the hunting regulations for the hunting district they plan to hunt.

REGION ONE CHECK STATION SUMMARY - WEEK TWO Through November 7, 2010

Station: Hwy 2
Number of Hunters: 2,905
Whitetail Deer: 94
Whitetail Bucks: 72
Mule Deer: 18
Elk: 17
% Hunters with Game: 4.4

Station: Swan
Number of Hunters: 1,538
Whitetail Deer: 71
Whitetail Bucks: 52
Mule Deer: 3
Elk: 12
% Hunters with Game: 5.6

Station: North Fork
Number of Hunters: 572
Whitetail Deer: 25
Whitetail Bucks: 18
Mule Deer: 4
Elk: 3
% Hunters with Game: 5.6

Station: Thompson Falls
Number of Hunters: 1,125
Whitetail Deer: 25
Whitetail Bucks: 19
Mule Deer: 12
Elk: 31
% Hunters with Game: 6.0

Station: Olney
Number of Hunters: 1,222
Whitetail Deer: 57
Whitetail Bucks: 45
Mule Deer: 8
Elk: 0
% Hunters with Game: 5.3

Station: Canoe Gulch
Number of Hunters: 900
Whitetail Deer: 13
Whitetail Bucks: 12
Mule Deer: 15
Elk: 3
% Hunters with Game: 3.4

TOTAL
Number of Hunters: 8,262
Whitetail Deer: 285
Whitetail Bucks: 218
Mule Deer: 60
Elk: 66
% Hunters with Game: 5.0


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