Southwest Montana saw fewer hunters during the general hunting season this year, and the weather made it challenging for those hunters who did take the field.

The state Fish, Wildlife and Parks says success rates for the season, which ended Dec. 1, were within long-term averages but varied across the region.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the Cameron check station south of Ennis saw 2,367 hunters this season — the lowest since 2013 when 2,212 passed through the station.

Snow storms and cold weather deterred many hunters and made it difficult to find game.

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