Montana Antelope and Mule Deer Numbers Suffer From Harsh Winter
Montana is unsure how many antelope and mule deer permits will be issued, and are also letting hunters know there will be slim pickings. Eastern Montana's winter was detrimental to the antelope and mule deer populations. This past winter the Glasgow area had 108 inches of snowfall, beating their previous record of 70 inches. They are waiting for final numbers in July. The draw for antelope licenses is July 15th. Some areas may not have the license reductions that Eastern Montana will have. Spring survey flights confirmed that about 1,000 antelope, crowded along railroad tracks, were killed by trains over the winter, from DailyInterLake.com. Antelope tried to survive by eating hay, which proved fatal for some of them as well. Others were hit by cars, or starved to death from lack of food in the high snow.
However, with the plentiful precipitation the antelope and deer that did make it through the winter will have wonderful grazing opportunities.