Central Montana reports fewest hunters in nearly 30 years

The game check station in Augusta is the only station for Region 4 in Montana.

On Monday, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) issued its second overview of hunters and game animals passing through the Augusta field inspection station. The Augusta station, 55 miles west of Great Falls, is the only field inspection station in north-central Montana Region 4.

The overview shows the total number of hunters in Region 4 lower than what they’ve been in decades, and total harvest totals below 10-year averages for all species.

“Total number of hunters, both successful and unsuccessful, is the lowest count in nearly 30 years and 25% below recent average,” the FWP news release states.

While the hunter success rate remains on-par with recent seasonal averages, low hunter turnout has translated into the lowest total of elk and deer harvested in Region 4 since 2014.