May 29, 2012 8:16 PM by Marnee Banks (MTN - Helena)
HELENA- Hunters have just a few more days to apply for an antelope permit in Montana.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reports that the quotas for antelope are lower this season due to a lower antelope population in eastern Montana.
"Hunters should expect in eastern Montana that there will be less licenses available. As you know, we had a tough winter and we had some animals killed by trains, so the number of licenses available will be down significantly in what we call the 600 and 700 hunting districts," FWP spokesman Ron Aasheim said.
The deadline to apply is Friday, June 1st; this also includes B tags for deer and elk with Aasheim adding the deadline to apply for bulls and bucks has already passed but hunters can still apply for cow tags.
However there is reduced hunter opportunity for the B licenses because quotas are down for whitetail deer.
"In the eastern part of the state we had a real significant outbreak of what they call epizootic hemorrhagic disease. It's a disease late in the fall that often times when we have late falls, warm temperatures, we will loose significant numbers of white tail. I think our guys in northeastern Montana say we probably lost up to 90% of our white tail deer," Aasheim noted.."
Hunters can apply online or in person at any MT FWP office.