Winter Conditions Help with Elk Harvest on Front

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) – Snow and cold temperatures on the Rocky Mountain Front are helping fewer than average hunters bring in near average numbers of elk to the Fish, Wildlife and Parks check station in Augusta.

A press release says the numbers at the Augusta Check station apply to only a handful of hunting districts on the Rocky Mountain Front.

For deer, mule deer numbers are down, though expected to increase as the season progresses, while the white-tailed deer harvest is up mostly because of hunters using anterless B licenses.

Elk hunters so far have brought in 57 elk compared to the long-term average of 61 elk.

Mule deer at the check station have numbered 28, with the long-term average at 43. The white-tail count in Augusta stands at 48, with the 10-year average at 44.

The general deer and elk season runs through December 1st.

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