Hysham, Montana Check Station Report
The Hysham check station was open Saturday, Sunday and Monday the opening weekend of antelope and pheasant seasons. According to station personnel Saturday was very slow; Sunday was steady and close to average for an opening weekend. Monday was steady to start with but dropped off dramatically by mid-late afternoon.
Similar to 2010, FWP personnel saw an older age-class of antelope, mostly in the 3-4 years and older range. The vast majority of antelope that came through the check station were bucks; only 10-12 does all weekend and one to two fawns. According to Erin O’Connor, “Something interesting that I personally noticed was a fair amount of first-time antelope hunters (kids) who had done very well and taken some nice goats! One had a beautiful 16-incher that would have been a trophy for anyone! “
The vast majority of the bird hunters coming through were hunting in FWP Region 6, particularly the Froid, Plentywood and Medicine Lake area. From both Region 6 and 7, folks were reporting that they thought the populations seemed down. Had a couple individuals report that they had seen Huns, apparently more than usual. Most parties reported seeing a lot of young, hard to distinguish roosters. Overall hunters seemed generally satisfied with their hunting experience and FWP’s reduction in antelope licenses.