Augusta check station hunter numbers down 33%

At the end of the third full week of the general rifle season, the total harvest and hunter numbers continue to remain low at Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ check station in Augusta.

Although numbers in both categories began to increase toward the end of the week, the increase was not enough to offset the slow start to the season. Just over 1,300 hunters have been checked this season, which is 33% below recent averages. The last time hunter numbers were this low was in 2001.

The arrival of snow and cold weather has helped with hunter success however. The percentage of successful hunters passing through the check station continues to remain at or above recent averages at approximately 24%.

Snow is a big help when hunters like Kate Hagengruber have to slide out their animal.

Dave Hagengruber, FWP

Total elk harvest is 34% below the recent average, although it is somewhat improved from last year at this time. Just over half the harvest has been antlerless elk, and the wintry

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