Elk Harvest is Higher Than Last Year, But Below 5-Year Levels
Hunters have had more success in their hunt for elk with a week left in the general season, but deer harvests are down in the Bitterroot.
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks reports 198 elk through the Darby Check Station so far, which is up from 136 a year ago at this time. The number is down 15 percent from the five-year average, according to a news release Monday. In the West-Central Region, elk harvest is 294, up from 211 last year.
Meanwhile, hunters had less success with deer in the Bitterroot Valley. Montana FWP reports 25 mule deer through the Darby station, two less than last year at this time, and 71 white-tailed deer, which is 18 less than last year. For the region, numbers were generally higher than last year with 127 mule deer checked through, and 492 white-tailed deer taken.
Six black bears, two moose, two bighorn sheep and two wolves have also been taken during the general hunting season, which ends Sunday, November 29.