The 25th. of October has arrived and the general big game rifle season has started with a total of 23 wolves harvested in Montana and a total of 43 wolves harvested in Idaho.Out of 1009 hunters in the Ennis,Mt. check station there were only 43 Elk harvested in two days.This is a very poor hunt considering that this part of Montana is one of the premier hunting areas in the state.
I spoke with one rancher who ran steers on the forest service and he stated to me that his steers came off the range thinner then they were when he placed them on it.
This was due to wolves chasing them constantly,as he observed on his checks of the steers.
There are more wolves in the state then the fish and wildlife predicted this year,which means less big game to harvest.
The 21st.of October finds no new reported wolf kills in Montana,but this should change with the opening of big game rifle season on the 25th.of October.