Posted: Nov 3, 2013 9:23 PM by Mackenzie Lee - MTN News
BONNER - The opening weekend for hunting season in Western Montana got off to a slow start last weekend, and unfortunately this weekend hasn't been shaping up much better.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Jay Kolbe told us that they're about 40 percent below where they were this time last year for elk, and about 30 percent below average for whitetail deer.
Although he expects to see more animals come through the check point when it's dark, Kolbe says this could be a sign of a population problems with these two animals.
"So, if harvest doesn't pick up several years in a row, it's one of our strongest indicators that populations themselves are low," Kolbe explained.
He added that they have seen the early signs of deer rutting behavior, which might mean the season could pick up.