Montana -(Ammoland.com)- Elk and white-tailed deer harvest is up and mule deer harvest is lower than last year after the first two weeks of the general big game hunting season in west-central Montana.
The harvest of 218 elk through the Anaconda, Bonner and Darby check stations compares to 155 at this point last year. The harvest of 211 white-tailed deer is the highest week two tally since 2008, while the mule deer harvest is lower than in any season since before 1997.
At the Bonner Check Station, hunter trips reached 3,310, which is higher than any season since 2011. The elk harvest of 36 is higher than last year, but below the five-year average. White-tailed deer harvest through Bonner totaled 157, which was 19 percent higher than last year and 30 percent higher than the five-year average. While mule deer harvest was down across the three check stations combined, the harvest of 26 mule deer at Bonner was slightly higher than at this time in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
At the Darby hunter check station, elk …Read the Rest