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Hunting season winding down in Northwest Montana

Posted at 2:05 PM, Nov 20, 2018
Montana Hunting Check Station
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KALISPELL – The big-game hunting season is down to the final days across Montana with general hunting season ending November 25.

Activity continues to increase across Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ five game check stations in northwest Montana although overall numbers remain down from previous years for reported hunters, white-tailed deer and elk.

So far, 11,574 hunters have checked 583 white-tailed deer, including 388 bucks, as well as 82 mule deer and 52 elk. Overall hunter success is 6.2% compared to 7.5% a year ago.

“The final week of hunting season is always exciting,” said Neil Anderson, FWP Region 1 wildlife manager. “Hopefully the weather will improve for hunting conditions. We hope everyone enjoys a safe time in the woods as the season wraps up.”

Either-sex white-tailed deer can be harvested across most of the region from November 19 to November 25 on private lands, excluding private timberlands such as Weyerhaeuser, Stoltze and Stimson property.

Mule deer buck hunting in the North Fisher portion of Hunting District 103 near Libby is permit-only.