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Elk in a Skalkaho field. (Fullerton Photo)
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Hunting Season Stats – Elk and Mule Deer on Par, Whitetail Deer Up

The final day of general hunting season in Montana was November 30 and the numbers were comparable to last year.

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Elk south of Hamilton. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Last Week of Hunting Season – Elk Numbers Down

The Darby hunters check station, operated by the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks, noted a weekend elk harvest of 136 for the season, which is down about four percent from last year.

With less than a week left in the general hunting season, the deer harvest at Darby was down 25 percent for mule deer, at 27, and up 11 percent for whitetail deer at 89 animals

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(KLYQ File Photo)
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Bitterroot Valley Hunters have Lower than Average Success

The Darby hunter check station personnel report more hunters in the field this year, but less success.

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Elk near Lake Como. (Smith Photo)
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Hunters, the Darby Check Station Will Only be Open on Weekends This Year

Hunters, you should always stop at the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks check stations - when they're open.

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Elk along Highway 93. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Hunting Numbers are Up in Every Major Category

A little bit of snow makes a difference. The Darby check station has shown increased numbers in the hunting season this year.

Hunter trips, according to Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, are 4,894 for the first three weeks of the season, which is 23 percent up from last year

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Mule deer. (KLYQ File Photo)
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General Hunting Season Opens – Weekend Numbers

The number of hunters in the field in the Bitterroot Valley on the first week of big game rifle season was higher than last year.

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There's more than one mule deer in there. (KLYQ Photo)
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Western Montana Hunters Claim More Mule Deer

The general hunting season harvest in west central Montana's Region 2 - with check stations at Darby, Anaconda and Bonner - reported more deer coming through the stations, but less elk.

Mike Thompson, Fish Wildlife and Parks Region 2 Wildlife Manager said that mild weather "is taking its toll" on overall success

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Photo courtesy of Jesscorrigan/Flickr
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Weekend Hunting Report Shows Less Hunters, More Kills

According to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks the three west-central Montana hunter check stations reported seeing 2500 hunters over the October 20 weekend.

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