The general big game hunting season in Montana ended Sunday and the numbers in our area are about normal, according to figures from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The Darby Check Station, which brings in hunters from the southern Bitterroot Valley and the Big Hole, had a season-ending total of 165 elk, 37 mule deer and 82 white-tailed deer with over 4,000 hunters checking in. Region Two numbers, including Darby, Bonner and Anaconda, had a total of 10,225 hunters with 245 elk, 99 mule deer and 483 white-tailed deer. Most of the white-tailed deer came from the Blackfoot area. There were also four black bears, one moose, three bighorn sheep and two wolves.

Vivaca Crowser of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said that more complete numbers will come from telephone surveys of hunters that the department conducts, starting in January.

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