Hysham, Montana Check Station Report

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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.

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Retired2hunt's picture

  The encouraging piece

 

The encouraging piece within this report is the number of youths reported and their success.  Great job dads and moms of Montana in getting your son or daughter out hunting!

 

numbnutz's picture

I'm not a huge fan of the

I'm not a huge fan of the road side check points that hunters are required to check their game. I'm sure they serve their purpose but I'm just not a fan. I like how we have it set up. The road side stations are volentary and actually I haven't eben seen one in a few years now. However we do have a mandatory online or call in report system that has worked very well. Since it'd only been 3 years since it has become mandatory they haven't implemented penilties yet but they say they will. With that being said it sounds like officials have checked some pretty nice animals in so far. I always like to hear about bigger older animals being harvested. thats a good sign that hunters are letting the babies walk away to grow.The other possiblity is there are just more older class animals out there for some reason.