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Recent Surveys Show Abundant Deer In Northeast Montana


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists completed 2021 winter and spring aerial surveys of deer populations across Region 6 in northeastern Montana.

The surveys indicate aboveaverage numbers for mule deer and stable populations of white-tailed deer across the region. With the high population numbers, especially mule deer, biologists encourage hunters to play a role in helping manage herds by utilizing the numerous antlerless deer license opportunities.

Mule Deer – The 2021 spring surveys of trend areas showed region-wide populations at 84 percent above long-term average and a 28 percent increase from the previous survey. The region-wide fawn-to-adult ratios were about average, with 55 fawns to 100 adults.

According to Ryan Williamson, Outlook-area ...