GREAT FALLS - Sunday marked the last day of the general hunting season in Montana.
Montana Wildlife and Parks is now preparing for the shoulder season, which allows hunters to hunt elk while also controlling overpopulation. The shoulder season will start in a few weeks and runs into February.
FWP Game Warden Kqyn Kuka told MTN News it is bittersweet that the hunting season is over because most wardens work nonstop to ensure hunters are safe and follow the rules.
She said not many people in the area hunted on the last day of the general season and weather may have played a role.
"I don't know if it’s the wind or the warmer weather but I haven't checked very many hunters today compared to the beginning of the season," Kuka said. "But the beginning of the season, we had an early snow fall at the beginning of November, and it stuck around for a couple of weeks. That created a lot of activity with the wildlife."
Kuka added that she saw much more hunting during that colder time frame. "It was a good season overall," she said. "I know that we were even above average on our elk harvest and our deer."
For more information about hunting season regulations, visit the FWP website.