Fewer mule deer B tags in portions of Eastern Montana this hunting season

Fish, Wildlife & Parks

GLASGOW – Hunters who are used to buying surplus mule deer B licenses right before the general season might have been disappointed this year. However, this reduction in some B licenses in Eastern Montana is important to mule deer management, according to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

When mule deer numbers are down in large regions of the state, or even in specific hunting districts, FWP adjusts the number of B licenses in response. The methodology is called adaptive harvest management, and it’s the foundation of mule deer management in Montana.

“When we see localized areas of mule deer numbers trending down, like we are now, we drop the number of licenses we sell,” said Drew Henry, FWP Region 6 supervisor. “That’s what adaptive management is. We monitor numbers closely and have flexibility within the licensing system to respond.”

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