Windy, Warm Keeps Elk, Mule Deer Numbers Below Average on Front

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) – Recent windy and warm weather on the Rocky Mountain Front has kept the numbers of hunters and hunter harvested mule deer and elk below long-term averages.

A press release says mule deer and elk harvest are 22 percent and 15 percent below the 10-year average, respectively.

The white-tailed deer harvest, however is 18 percent above the long-term average, probably from hunters using antlerless B licenses.

The numbers were collected at FWP’s Augusta check station, the department’s sole Region 4 biological check station, and apply only to a handful of hunting districts on the Rocky Mountain Front.

Elk hunters so far have brought in 148 animals, compared to the average of 175 elk. Mule deer at the check station have numbered 99 animals, with the t0-year average at 128. White-tailed deer totals stand at 158, while the average is 134.

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