More than 100 deer harvested in first days of Montana CWD special hunt

Hunters harvested at least 107 deer in south central Montana in the first three days of a special hunt, according to a news release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The special hunt was designed to get information about the prevalence of chronic wasting disease in the Carbon County area, south of Billings.

The hunt began on Dec. 15 and goes until Feb. 15. Licenses went on sale Dec. 11.

The hunt targets white tail and mule deer with 600 licenses available for each species.

Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal neurological disease effecting deer, elk and moose. Since its discovery in Montana this fall six deer, four mule deer bucks, one mule deer doe and one white-tailed doe, have tested positive for CWD within the designated hunt area, according to the news release.

No Idaho or Washington deer have been discovered with CWD.