Game check stations up and running

Stopping at game check stations isn’t only the law; it provides a great opportunity for successful and unsuccessful hunters alike to learn something.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check station staff get the chance to visit with hunters all through the day and hear about hunting conditions and animal movements. If you’re struggling to locate critters, a swing through a check station might be just the help you need.
If you are successful, check station staff clue you in as to your animal’s age and health.
With the general deer and elk season set to open Oct. 22, hunters should remember that state law requires them to stop at all game checking stations on their routes of travel to and from hunting areas.
While in the field, hunters can expect to encounter two basic types of game check stations--law enforcement stations and biological stations. If you are a hunter you must stop, even if you have no game to check.
Officers at law enforcement stations will normally ask to see hunters’ licenses and if they were successful in bagging an animal. They will also check to make sure that any animals taken are properly tagged and that all other laws and regulations governing the taking of that animal were observed.
Wildlife biologists generally operate biological checking stations. When hunters stop at biological checking stations, they may be asked a variety of questions including how many deer, elk or antelope they saw, and in which drainages or general locations their hunting took place. The biologist may weigh the animal, measure its antlers or horns, or remove a tooth from its lower jaw, all to provide an index to the health and condition of a particular herd or population.

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