Elk Harvest Strong, Deer Harvest Below Average During Fourth Weekend in Southwest Montana

Harvest of elk was strong during the fourth weekend of the 2009 general big game season in southwest Montana. Deer harvest was below average.

Overall 7.7 percent of hunters checked game through the six check stations with 107 elk, 38 mule deer, and 15 white-tailed deer. About 2,076 hunters stopped at a southwest Montana check station.

“The colder temperatures and snow got the elk moving and helped hunters harvest more of them,” said FWP Regional Wildlife Manager Kurt Alt.

Divide check station south of Butte saw the greatest percentage of hunters with game. Twelve percent of hunters checked game through the station with 27 elk, six mule deer, and one white-tailed deer.

Hunters passing through Blacktail station south of Dillon checked 11 elk, 2 mule deer, and six white-tailed deer. Approximately 9.7 percent of hunters checking through Blacktail had game.

Hunter numbers are down slightly from the five-year average of 2,478 hunters. The percent of hunters with game is about the same as the five-year average of 7.9 percent. Elk harvest was above the five-year average.

FWP reminds hunters to avoid three common mistakes:

· Hunters are required required to stop at all check stations, going to or coming from the field, with or without game

· When transporting a big game animal, evidence of the animal’s sex must remain   attached to the carcass.

· Proper validation means completely cutting out the date and month on the tag immediately after taking an animal.

2009 Check Stations Weekend 4 Southwest Montana
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