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A4 SIDNEY HERALD. SUNDAYJUNE 23. 20l9 SPORTS RODEO Sidney’s Garrett Larson set to compete at NationalJunior High Rodeo Finals Garrett Larson, seventh grader at Sidney Middle School has earned a position on the Montana National Ju- nior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Huron, South Dakota, June 23 through June 29 to compete at the 15th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the team roping competition. Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 44 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico, NJH— FR is the world’s largest ju- nior high rodeo. In‘ addition to competing for more than $80,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be vy- ing for more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds to advance to Sat- urday evening’s final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three—round combined times/scores. New this year is a $50,000 added money, optional jackpot, available to everyone at finals who cares to enter. Again, this year, the Satur- day championship perfor- mance will be televised na- tionally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour tele- cast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of all NJHFR per— formances will air on: www. Performance times are 7 pm. on June 23rd and 9 am. 7 pm. each day thereafter. Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR contestants have the op— portunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contes- ‘ tant dances, family-oriented activities, church services I sponsored by the Fellowship . of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NJHFR trade- show, as well as visiting area . attractions as Huron hosts NJHFR this year. To .follow " local favorites at the NJHFR, , visit daily for complete results. For ticket Sidney Middle School seventh-grader Garrett Larson will information and reservations, compete at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo begin- ning June 23 in Huron, South Dakota. visit FWP Region 6 mule deer, whitetail aerial survey findings released Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists have completed their 2019 winter and spring aerial sur- veys of deer populations across Region 6 in northeastern Mon- tana. The surveys indicate above average numbers for mule deer, and mostly stable populations of whitetail deer across the region. Mule deer For mule deer, 11 trend areas in Region 6 are typically sur- veyed each year from the air. The winter "post—season survey” was completed in January, and the "spring survey" was conducted in April. While total deer counts tend to be variable, FWP Region 6 Outlook-area biologist Ryan Williamson said the 2019 surveys indicate mule deer continue to do quite well. "Mule deer trends remain stable and well above av- erage across most of the region,” Williamson said. The 2019 post-hunting-sea— son surveys showed the re- gion-wide mule deer density at 56 percent above average, but 4 percent below the 2018 survey. The 2019 spring surveys showed region-wide densities at 41 per- cent above average and a slight increase of 4 percent from last year’s springbmlley. While re— gional numbers indicate above average rnuléfdeer levels overall, mule deer from the 11 mule deer trend areas range from slightly below average to well abovethe average. This same trend was seen in the deer fawn-to—adult ratios that are also estimated during the spring survey. "Region wide, the fawn numbers remain near average. Fawn to adult ratio is an indicator of over-winter sur- vival as well as new recruitment into the population," Williamson said. The 2019 survey showed 51 fawns to 100 adults across the region, which is slightly below the average of 53 fawns to 100 adults. The eastern half of Region 6 saw higher fawn numbers, with 57 fawns to 100 adults. The west- ern half of the region saw a de— crease from 2018 to 44 fawns to 100 adults. "Data collected during mule deer surveys are only one factor in deer management recom- mendations," Williamson further explained. "The prior year’s har— vest, weather and habitat factors, as well as additional input gath- ered from landowners, hunters, the general public and other agencies are all considered by the Fish and Wildlife Commission for season and quota—setting de- cisions.” Winter mortality was variable acrossithe region duringthe. 20i8'2019 winter but likely was minimal basewofi observations and reports. Williamson says, "A small amount of winter mortali- ty was observed throughout the region, with mostly fawns suc— cumbing to the harsher late win- ter weather. Generally speaking, the mule deer appeared to have overwintered well.” For 2018, most Region 6 hunt- ing districts will be managed under the liberal regulations for mule deer, which includes either-sex for a general deer li— cense (A-tag), as well as addition- al B-licenses. "As normal, hunting district 652 continues to be a limited either—sex permit district and will have a limited number of B—licenses available,” William- son said. "All hunting districts will have a varying number of mule deer B-licenses available this year.” The drawing deadline to put in for mule deer B-licenses was June 1, but there will likely be some surplus licenses available starting Aug. 12,2019. Whitetail deer White-tailed deer populations continue to remain stable. Wil- liamson said surveys have been completed in six areas across Region 6. "Due to more uniform habitat, the whitetail surveys tend to look at deer density, as opposed. to ,totalgnumbers, for trends,” added Williamson. The 2019 year'ssurvey showwhitetail deer density an average of 11.7 deer per square mile across the 2 19'GMGSIERRA1500 ~ .......r$53.625 ......L...’.r$ 933 trend areas, which is approx- imately 10 percent above the long—term average of 10.7 deer per square mile, an increase of 22% from the 2018 surveys. White—tailed deer densities re— main near average in the eastern part of the region. The western trend areas along the Milk Riv— er are more variable, however, with overall densities 10% be- low average. "When compared to average, densities increased improved further west along the Milk," said Williamson. Current densities are signifi- cantly less than from a decade ago when whitetail densities were as high as 40 — 50 deer per square mile in some areas. "That level of deer“density was unsustainable and was causing problems for landowners and al— so degrading habitat conditions prior to the EHD outbreaks that reduced the densities across Region 6,” Williamson said. Al- though no significant EHD out- breaks haven not been seen since 2014, areas with higher deer densities along the Missou- ri River have experienced small outbreaks of EHD in recent years. With whitetail numbers in- creasing across Region 6, and incaccordaoc’e'i'with .Fish and . Wildlife Commission rule set- ting, a single-region antlerless whitetail B—licenses will again be available for over the count- er purchase starting August 12, 2019. This license will be limited to one per hunter. Additional- ly, a region-wide limited quota whitetail B-license was available through the drawing, and any surplus will be available starting August 12,2019. CWD and deer A new challenge of manag- ing deer populations is the con- firmed occurrence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) that was first detected in Region 6 along the Hi-line in 2018. CWD is a pro— gressive, fatal disease affecting the nervous system of mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. it is part of a group of diseaSes called Transmissible Spongi- form Encephalopathies (TSEs). TSEs are caused by infectious, mis-folded prion proteins, which cause normal prion proteins throughout a healthy animal’s body to mis—fold, resulting in or- gan damage and eventual death. CWD is a slow—moving disease. However, if left unmanaged, it could result in long-term pop- ulation declines within affected herds. All the states and provinc- es that border Montana, other than ldaho and British Columbia, hat/e .found,CWD. in their wild. cervids. «In addition, high deer densi- ties are known to typically have a higher prevalence due to the ability to spread the disease. "Now that CWD has been detect‘ ed across the northern areas of Region 6, more emphasis will be put on reducing higher concen- trations and densities of deer as well as proper disposal of deer carcasses to reduce the threat of spread to other areas of the state,” says Williamson. CWD was first found in wild deer in Montana in October 2017. To date, CWD has been detect— ed in Carbon, Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, Sheri- dan and now Lincoln counties. To prevent the spread of CWD within Montana, FWP establishes CWD Management Zones in ar- eas where CWD has been found. Whole carcass, whole head or spinal column from any deer, elk, or moose harvested cannot be removed from these zones un- less the animal has tested nega- tive for CWD. "Higher deer densities tend to influence the spread of the dis- ease, so we take that into consid‘ eration when developing hunt- ing season regulations.” Hunters are encouraged to submit their deer harvested in the Region 6 CWD Management Zone for testing as well as keep informed on.the current regulations for transportation of those carcasses in and out of the CWD Manage- ment Zone. 406-433—2101 2 100' 14th St, SE. Sidney wwwblclncom