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Northwest Montana Sportsmen Meet Over Low Numbers

February 4, 2009.

Hard winters, predator numbers and lower harvest quotas for the 2009 hunting season sparked Lincoln County commissioners to request a special hearing with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

In 2008, whitetail had only a 49-percent survival rate, with 21 percent to lions, 15 percent to hunters and 11 percent to wolves.

Hunter success for 2008 at Region 1 check stations was 7.6 percent, though the number of hunters checked was a 12-year high at 24,995. Whitetail checked was 1,532 with 219 mule deer and 147 elk.

For more, see the Western News.

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