KALISPELL - Sunday marked the last day for open hunting season and most Northwest Montana stations ended on a good note.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region One saw an increase on the final weekend of hunting season as 8.6% of hunters ended the season with game as opposed to 7.5% the previous weekend.
Over the five stations in Region One, there was a reported 16,269 hunters between Oct. 21 and Nov. 26.
The U.S. Highway 2 check station saw the highest number of hunters at 7,100, but the Olney station saw the highest percentage of successful hunts at 11.4%.
The number of whitetail deer were down compared to last year but higher than the three previous seasons.
A total of 51 mule deer bucks were inspected in Region One this year, the lowest number since records were first kept in 1985.
CORRECTION: There are five check stations in Region One, not six.