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Deer season is off to a good start in northwestern Montana

White-tailed deer.
White-tailed deer.

Big game hunters in northwest Montana were highly successful this past weekend, which kicked off the general rifle season for deer and elk.

Hunters that stopped at check stations across northwest Montana harvested a little over 200 white-tailed deer this past weekend, the most white-tails harvested in an opening weekend since 2017.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say that the number of deer brought to check stations does not represent the overall harvest, and officials want to remind hunters that they need to stop at any check station they encounter whether they harvested an animal or not.

Officials say they are seeing such a large white-tailed deer harvest because populations have fared well over the past two years when the region has had mild winters.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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