Hunters quickly hit mountain lion quotas in five districts in Montana, concluding the season.
That didn’t take long. Montana mountain lion seasons are scheduled to go into the spring, but five districts were done for the season this weekend according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
Five districts, including 350, 370, in Silver Bow and Jefferson counties and 390 and 391 in Broadwater, Gallatin and Meagher counties, are all now closed to all mountain lion hunting.
Hunters will still have an opportunity at mountain lions in district 315, which encompasses sections of Meagher, Sweet Grass and Park counties. However, they will be limited to male lions only.
The closures come as the result of the districts already hitting their quotas of taken animals. The winter season with hounds began only a few weeks ago on Dec. 1.
Other season dates for mountain lion hunting in Montana include the late winter season scheduled to go from Feb. 1 to April 14, 2016. There is also the hound training season which is for Montana residents only. That runs from Dec. 2 to April 14.