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ISSUE 101

Montana MRS: Pronghorn

Pronghorn hunting opportunities are on the upswing in Montana. Fish Wildlife and Parks estimates the pronghorn herd at 159,215 animals. This is an increase of about 21,000 over the 2015 estimate. The population continues its strong recovery trend since it was decimated by the harsh winter of 2010-2011. In 2010 the antelope population was 216,632 but crashed to only 90,000 in 2011. Early this winter the severe weather created concerns that winter kill would be high. Montana missed many of the worst storms, and most of the antelope areas were not hit hard with snow. The population should hold steady. FWP has not reduced the permit allocation in any district. 2017 population surveys will not be completed for a couple of months, but signs are looking good for Montana pronghorn.