Issue 97 - Montana Big Game Forecast 2016
Updated: Apr 16, 2019
Tucked up to the Canadian border and including some of the most remote forests in Montana, FWP’s Region 1 is a dynamic area to pursue elk and deer.
Mild winters continue to help elk calf survival and recruitment. Elk populations in many areas in northwestern Montana are stable to increasing. Elk numbers in "backcountry" HDs 150 and 151 appear to be holding steady. Elk numbers in the lower Clark Fork area, the region's best elk producer, continue recent favorable trends with good calf numbers recorded during spring surveys. Adult bull numbers observed in surveys appear to be stable in many areas and should provide good hunting opportunities for the 2016 season.