Surveys Indicate Good News for Deer and Antelope Numbers

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Feb 9, 2009
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MILES CITY—Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologists are busy completing post hunting season deer surveys across the region. These surveys are conducted annually to assess deer population trends after the hunting season. To date, half of the surveys have been completed and preliminary indicators point towards a good to excellent fawn crop this past summer for both mule deer and white tailed deer. “Production” is the number of fawns observed per doe and any ratio over 40 fawns per 100 does is indicative of increasing populations. Mule deer survey ratios so far range from 56 - 100 fawns per 100 does. The while tailed ratios are mirroring those of the mule deer.


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