By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ checked nearly 3,000 hunters and more than 300 game animals in southwestern Montana for opening weekend of hunting season.

The Helena Independent Record reports hunters saw more whitetails than average, but fewer elk than usual. Across the seven game check stations in Montana’s Region 3 wildlife officials checked 31 whitetail mule deer and 225 elk.

At the Townsend game check, hunters saw a success rate of 15.6 percent, the highest in the region.

Warden Sgt. Dave Loewen in Helena says it was a pretty typical opening weekend of enforcing Montana’s game laws, with only a few violations.

The Great Falls Tribune reports hunters on the Rocky Mountain Front took home the fewest elk and mule deer on opening weekend in five years.


Information from: Independent Record,

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