GREAT FALLS- Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks say hunters success harvesting white-tailed deer along the Rocky Mountain Front were better than the seven-year average.

According to a news release, hunters brought 18 white-tailed deer through the Augusta check-station on opening weekend. The average over the past seven years is 14.

The check station saw a total of 17 elk and 14 mule deer. Those numbers are about one animal off from the seven-year average.

FWP Wildlife Biologist Brent Lonner said most of the elk were coming from easily accessible areas along the southern foothills. Lonner adds that very few elk so far have been harvest from the Sun River Hunting Districts. He credits cold and snow in the area.

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The check station in Augusta is the agency’s sole check station in Region Four. Region Four covers 12 and a half counties and includes the Rocky Mountain Front and Blackfeet Nation east into central Montana.