Fish, Wildlife & Parks
MILES CITY – Despite the wintry conditions that marked the closing weekend of pronghorn season, a lot of hunters still came through southeastern Montana check stations on Sunday.
Sixty-five hunting parties and 130 hunters passed through, bringing six antelope (two bucks, four does/fawns), 38 mule deer (36 bucks, two does) and 34 white-tailed deer (20 bucks, 14 does) and one elk.
“The number of total mule deer checked was below average, but that is to be expected with the purposeful reduction in Region 7 antlerless mule deer licenses,” said FWP biologist Steve Atwood. “Mule deer buck harvest was typical for the third weekend of the general season, and several quality bucks for the area were checked.”
The white-tailed deer harvest was above average for this point in the hunting season. Overall harvest rates were average, with 60% of hunters bringing something home. In general, hunters reported seeing fewer deer than last year, but most had a chance to harvest a deer and were satisfied with their hunting opportunity.
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Hunter traffic at the Ashland check station was slightly less busy than typical for the closing weekend