Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

Hunting Harvest Up from Last Year's Opening Weekend


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

The Seeley Lake Senior Center hosted their annual Hunter's Breakfast on opening day. They served around 150 people which was slightly below average. Dick Lewis won the pellet gun and Loren Stebleton walked away with the 50/50 winnings. Seniors' President Boyd Gossard was very thankful to everyone who donated silent auction items, those who attended and the community for their support.

MISSOULA - Hunters in west-central Montana enjoyed a harvest success above last year on the opening weekend of the big game general hunting season. 

An increase in harvest in the Blackfoot accounted for most of the bump. At the Bonner hunter check station, 1,378 hunters checked 21 elk, 14 mule deer and 56 white-tailed deer. Hunter trips through Bonner were higher than any opening weekend since 2010.

In total, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) biologists and student volunteers from the University of Montana checked 212 harvested animals across check stations at their traditional loca...

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