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Hunter traffic slows a bit on closer in southeast Montana


December 10, 2021

FWP Region 7 non-game biologist Brandi Skone collects a chronic wasting disease sample from a mule deer buck at the Ashland check station.

The final weekend of the 2021 big game season was warm and windy, and check station traffic on November 28 was a bit slower than is typical.

Hysham check station

Hysham saw 116 hunters in 59 parties come through that Sunday. That's just shy of the 10-year average of 134 hunters and 66 parties.

"Overall, hunter success was below average at 52 percent," said wildlife biologist Steve Atwood.

The 10-year average is an 84 percent success rate, but Atwood attributes some of that to a drop in bird hunters in the area.

"Typically, upland game bird hunters and waterfowl hunters have a high success r...

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