GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) – The final harvest numbers are in from the 2019 general deer and elk season on part of the Rocky Mountain Front, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says they are well below long-term averages.
For the check-station in Augusta, the only one located in Region 4, mule deer harvest was 31 percent below the 10-year average and 15 percent below last year. Meanwhile, elk harvest was 32 percent below the 10-year average and 4 percent below last year.
Whitetail deer harvest was above-average all season but dropped over the last week season. Overall harvest was down 8 percent from the 10-year average and 12 percent from 2018. Overall hunter numbers for Region 4 came in at 2,850, down 25 percent from the 10-year average and the lowest number since 2002.
FWP says poor weather on the front this Nov. contributed to the low numbers.