Fewer pronghorn hunters means lower harvest opening weekend

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Pronghorn bucks gather near Broadview in July.

LARRY MAYER, Billings Gazette Fish, Wildlife & Parks

The number of antelope hunters who stopped at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ south-central Montana check stations over the weekend and the number of checked animals were down from 2019 and well below the historic average.

FWP wildlife biologists operated check stations at Big Timber, Broadview and Billings on Saturday and Sunday of the opening weekend of the general antelope hunting season. They did not operate in 2020 because of COVID-19.

Weather conditions this year generally were conducive to antelope hunting, with a light rain part of Saturday and clear skies with a breeze on Sunday.

The hunter and harvest numbers likely resulted from fewer antelope on the landscape than earlier years – thanks to poor fawn numbers.

At the Broadview check station, FWP wildlife biologist Ashley Taylor counted 194 hunters over the weekend, down from 200 in 2019, the last year that the station was open. The hunters checked 50 antelope,

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