2015 Antelope hunting outlook

  Montana antelope populations are continuing to recover and grow from previous years’ winter kills and low fawn numbers in central and eastern Montana. This year, there are even a few more special licenses available – reflecting that improving status.

   Successful antelope license applicants may recognize increased fawn production in many areas as populations respond to this year’s favorable weather and habitat conditions. Montana’s antelope archery season will close Oct. 9. The general rifle season for antelope will run Oct. 10 – Nov. 8.

   As always, FWP wildlife biologists and game wardens will be operating hunter check stations throughout the state to collect biological information and ensure regulations are followed. All hunters are required to stop at check stations.

   For more information on antelope hunting in Montana, visit FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov, click “Hunting” then click Plan Your Hunt.

   Here’s a rundown on what antelope hunters can expect this year in Region 7 – Southeastern Montana:

   Antelope populations are rebounding throughout the region. Summer production surveys indicate numbers are 25 percent higher than last year, but still 23 percent below the long term average. As numbers continue to be best in the region’s southern portion, FWP recommends that hunters head in that direction for antelope this fall.