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More than 100,000 deer have been killed annually in Montana in recent years. Due to three relatively mild winters, deer populations across the state are in good shape. For mule deer, look to the southwest and regions 2 and 3, where mature bucks should figure prominently in the harvest. Whitetail populations are increasing statewide, with excellent prospects in Region 1, particularly along major river drainages. Region 7 in the southeast has increasing deer populations, mature bucks and high success. About 3.1 million acres are enrolled in the Block Management Program here. Contact: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (406-444-2535, www.fwp. state.mt.us).

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