Average harvest for big game opener

During opening weekend of the general big game hunting season, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) reported checking 2,325 hunters and 179 harvested animals at its three permanent check stations in west-central Montana, on par with average first weekend totals.

Region-wide, hunter harvest and participation was comparable to last year's opening weekend, with a few hot spots. At the hunter check station near Darby, FWP saw 1,012 hunters, the highest total since 2015, and 73 elk--the highest since 2011.

The elk harvest of 16 reported at the Bonner check station was the lowest since 2014 but stil...


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