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Good Year For Big Game Hunting

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Hunters have until sundown on Sunday to get their big game for the year.

For many Montana hunters, it was a good year compared to recent years.

"It has been a little tougher conditions, but we've been able to have been blessed with a few animals so it's been a great season," said hunter John Mahoney.

Mahoney has gone hunting about six times in the last five weeks.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokeswoman Andrea Jones said good weather makes hunting a little more difficult.

 "We haven't had a lot of precipitation which helps folks track, it hasn't moved the animals a lot," said Jones.

Jones said even with the lack of precipitation, hunters are finding herds.

"We have found hunters are seeing game, especially those hunting hard, those that are getting out of their cars and taking long hikes, most of them are seeing animals, it is just whether or not the opportunity works out," said Jones.

Last weekend, 10 percent of hunters harvested game, compared to 7.4 percent a week earlier.

Mahoney has gotten two deer and an elk so far this year, but he would be happy even if he didn't come away with anything.

"The main thing I enjoy doing is just getting out in the woods and being out in God's creation," said Mahoney.

Mahoney said he's not done yet, "I think we will try to get out another time or two here in the next couple of days."

Even though the big game hunting season ends on Sunday that is when the winter season for mountain lions begins.

The winter season for mountain lion hunting goes until April 14.

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