On the third weekend of the general deer and elk season, hunters faced a change in the weather to bitter cold with significant snow in parts of southwest Montana. Staff and volunteers opened six check stations across the region seeing moderate harvest success.
As has been the case each week the Cameron check station in the Madison Valley saw the most hunters come through with 391. At Cameron, hunters checked 15 elk, six mule deer, and five white-tailed deer. Success was slightly greater than the week prior and about average considering the past eight years of data.
The check station which saw the highest percentage of hunters with game was the Livingston station which had over a 26 percent success rate compared to the 10 percent success rate in weekend two.
Success remained about the same to the west compared to previous weeks according to check station data from Alder, Divide and Mill Creek. Conditions made access difficult in these areas with hunters reporting many roads impassable and many commenting on the challenge of walking through areas of deep snow. Divide saw a big jump in hunter numbers over last year and success was about double that of the same weekend last year.