It was opening day for rifle hunters and according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, numbers are similar to last years opening day.

FWP official Ray Washtak said opening season was off to a great start:

"Weather conditions are pretty mild right now. It’s quiet out there in the woods because of all the rain we’ve had, so I think that’s going to help the hunters today," Washtak said.

NBC Montana reported that as of 2 p.m., more than 10 deer came through a check station in the Flathead Valley, off Highway 2; most of them between a year and a half and three and a half years old.

Game officials want to remind hunters that it is required, by state law, to stop at these checkpoints.

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