Guidebook: Montana Hunting Season Should Be OK Despite Drought | State


(The Center Square) – A long drought and extremely high temperatures don’t seem to have diminished the chances of good hunting seasons, an official with the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association said.

Despite the heat and dry conditions, the animals appear to be doing well, Mac Minard, executive director of the association, said at The Center Square. But it will be localized.

“Today I’m in the far northeast corner of Montana, and the country is looking great. Cereals and harvests were not bad. They have been OK, ”he said.

The day before he was in the Bear Paws, south of Northern Great Falls and south of Hammond. The bear paws looked pretty good, albeit extremely dry.

“But the animals are fine. We see a very good number of deer in most places. We are seeing excellent horn growth on the elk, ”said Minard.

He said it looks like the drought will have very little or no effect on most of the places he has visited, and it seems to me that the drought will have very little or no effect on most of the places he has visited. places visited. He expects a good hunting season.

The National Integrated Drought Information System for September 19 reported that 98.7% of Montana was at least in severe drought, with more than 68% of the state in extreme drought. In extreme drought, crops are not harvestable; winter pastures are open to grazing; the ground has large cracks; the fields are bare and the fire restrictions are increasing.

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Montana Governor Greg Gianforte declared a statewide drought emergency on July 1.

Hunters should always be aware in very dry areas, such as around Jordan, Minard said.

“Parking your vehicle can be a very dangerous proposition if you’re not careful. And we’ve got to be super, super careful this year as to where those vehicles are parked, ”said Minard.

Hunters need to make sure the grass does not touch the catalytic converter when parking and take special care to make sure they don’t create a problem, he said.

All the reports he received across the state were good, which was not what people might have thought.

This will not necessarily be good news for all hunters.

“I think the waterfowl, some bird hunters are going to be a little disappointed. But the big game seems to be doing quite well in fact. And like I said, the horn growth has been surprisingly good, ”said Minard.

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