GLASGOW, Mont. (NMB) – The final results are in at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Havre check station for the 2018 hunting season. A press release says that overall, both hunter numbers and most gig-game harvest have increased from last year, with mule deer numbers being the highest in over 10 years.
This harvest data includes only animals that were brought through the Havre check station and is only a partial representation of the region-wide harvest.
Hunter numbers were up 8% from last year and 17% above the recent average. Mule deer brought through totaled 713 for the year, which was up 8% from last year and 46% above the long-term average. 142 white-tailed deer were brought through the station, which is 19% higher than last year, but still 10% below the long-term average. 48 elk came through the check station, which is one elk above last year’s number and 20% above the long-term average.