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Big Game Harvest Comparable To Past Five Years

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BOZEMAN -

Big game hunting is over. It ended at sundown on Sunday.

Hunters were as successful this year as they were in the past five.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said this year's big game harvest is right on par compared to recent years.

Only 8.4 percent of hunters going through open check stations in southwest Montana were successful this year.

FWP region three spokeswoman Andrea Jones said it's hard to compare year to year.

"It is hard to compare year to year because the data we're looking at necessarily isn't the same," said Jones. "We're looking at different check stations being open."

Jones said the last weekend was the most unsuccessful of the six weekends for big game hunting, mostly because of the weather.

"Yesterday (Sunday) in the northern part of our region we were seeing rain, and in the 40s, in most of the northern part of this region," Jones said.  "That's not really conducive to great numbers."

Jones said Monday's cold snowy weather in Bozeman would've been perfect for hunters last weekend.

Even though hunting was not the greatest at the tail end of the season, Jones said hunters were successful overall.

"It was about who was out there hiking, who was getting up high, and really looking for these animals. Those people had more success than people who just drove around, looking and spotting," said Jones.

Jones said their newest check station consistently showed high success rates for hunters.

"Alder, the newer check station that we had open, saw some strong numbers consistently in the double digits so we're pleased with that," said Jones.

Even with the weather now perfect for hunting FWP said they aren't extending hunting season for any game.

Wolf season remains open until March 15 and wolf trapping starts December 15.

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