General season opener brings mild weather, plenty of hunters to southeast Montana


November 5, 2021

Brothers Blain Priest (left), 12, and James Priest, 14, pose with the bucks they harvested over the weekend. This was Blain's first big-game harvest, and the family's first year hunting in Montana. The boys had to be talked out of putting down some tasty Indian tacos they picked up at a friend's house after their hunt to take a photo at the Ashland check station. Dad Jim and Mom Genevieve accompanied them on their hunt.

The general season opener brought mild weather and plenty of hunters afield. Below is a look at what Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff observed at three Sunday check stations operating in southeast Montana.

Ashland check station

"It was a pleasant weekend near Ashland, and hunters enjoyed being afield," said wildlife biologist Ryan DeVore.

The Ashland check station saw a total of 96 parties, or 197 hunters, come through. Seventy-five hunters were successful (38 percent), taking home 26 pronghorn (16 bucks, 10 does/fawns), 7 elk (4 bulls, 3 cows), 30 mule deer (23 bucks, 7 does), 15 w...

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