Today is the final day of Montana's general antelope season. From what the game managers tell me, they think a big snowstorm across much of Eastern Montana on the opening weekend put a big crimp in hunter numbers and in the overall harvest this year as some hunters chose not to go.
So this week's GazOutdoors.com poll asks, "How was your antelope hunting season this year?" We'll offer an array of answers, just pick the one that best describes your experience.
In last week's poll question, we asked, "For goose hunting, what gauge of shotgun and length of shotshell are you most likely to be using?" No doubt about it, the 12-gauge shotgun is king. But the results of the survey were still very interesting.
A total of 44 percent (28 votes) favored 3-inch shotgun shells. But a surprising 37 percent (23 votes) opted for the longer, 3.5-inch shells, which newer-vintage shotguns can handle. Just 11 percent (7 votes), used 2.75-inch shells, and 8 percent (5 votes) opted for the bigger 10-gauge shotguns with 3.5-inch shells. Nobody in the poll used a 20-gauge.
So expect a good run on 3-inch and 3.5-inch shotgun shells in the weeks ahead if you live in southern portions of Montana. The goose hunting in November and December typically gets better and better.