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Strong Opening Weekend for Hunters in West-Central Montana


October 26, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Serving up the annual Senior Center Hunter's Breakfast on the opening of rifle season, Oct. 21.

Montana's general big game hunting season opened on Saturday. In the west-central part of the state, hunter check stations reports show the highest number of big game animals harvested on opening weekend since 2010.

 Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) reported 117 elk, 111 white-tailed deer, 15 mule deer and five black bears at its Darby, Anaconda and Bonner check stations combined, where the tradition of inspecting harvested animals goes back as far as the 1940s. 

"The check stations only sample a relatively small portion of the hunting effort and harvests across the region, and they...

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