West Central Montana Hunter Control Station Totals

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MISSOULA — Hunter check stations in west-central Montana are reporting a harvest before last year for deer and elk entering the last week of the general season.

According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), hunter traffic at the resorts slowed down a bit in the fourth week of the season as freezing temperatures affected much of the region.

Despite the cold, hunters who passed through the four FWP fighter checkpoints had slightly more success than last year.

Monitoring stations in west-central Montana are reporting 8,205 hunter stops with 274 total elk, 95 mule deer and 421 white-tailed deer, compared to 167 elk, 94 mule deer and 381 white-tailed deer at this point in the 2021 season.

At the hunter checkpoint just outside Bonner, harvests of elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer are all up from last year.

The monitoring station near Darby is up from last season in all categories except the mule deer harvest, which is slightly below 2021 but just above the five-year average.

Monitoring stations near Anaconda and in the Fish Creek area near Alberton both reported their slowest weekend of the season, but the overall totals are in line with this point last year.

The Fish Creek station saw 15 male whitetails over the weekend.

Hunters have just under a week of general deer and elk hunting opportunities and a forecast that offers slightly milder hunting conditions.

FWP notes that the snow that has been on the ground all season in most places, combined with additional wildlife movement in the latter part of the season, should continue to boost hunter success.

General deer and elk season continues through Sunday, November 27.

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