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A4 SIDNEY HERALD, SUNDAYJULY l4. 20|9 sports Ag Golf Day PHOTO BY NICOLE LUCINA/SIDNEY HERALD Annie Knetzger, Anne-Marie Baker, Kristan Haugen and Lacy Wahlstrom take a break for a photo during the annual Ag Golf Day held on Monday, July 8, at Sidney Country Club and golf course. Railyn Herbst Q&A BY NICOLE lUClNA Sidney Herald Name: Railyn Herbst Age: 14 How long have you been on the swim team? Seven years. What’s your favorite part of being on the team? The people on the team and the work it does to keep me in shape. What’s the most dif- ficult part of being on the team? G e t t i n g u p t o expectations. What’s your favorite stroke to swim? Butterfly. Anyone that you’d like to give a shoutout to? The Sanders kids. They push me through every- thing and I push even harder in the water just so I can get the biggest hug from Miss. Maddie Sanders. PHOTO BY NICOLE LUClNA/SIDNEY HERALD Mule deer, whitetail numbers still above average in Region The 2019 winter and spring aerial surveys of deer pop. ulations in Mon- tana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 7 revealed above long- term average num- bers for both mule deer and white- tailed deer. “We had abundant precipitation last spring and summer, which made for ex- cellent forage condi— tions and deer going into winter in good body condition,” said Wildlife Biolo- gfiflmfi‘sw Foster. “The winter was mild up until Feb- ruary, when we got about six weeks of bitter cold and snow. Seems like most deer had enough ‘gas in the tank’ to make it through to Spring green-up.” FWP received no reports of wide- spread winterkills of deer. “Mule deer are looking good,” Fos- ter said of the most recent surveys. “They are 5 per- cent below last year but still 27 percent above long-term average.” Foster determines long-term average by... .( tracmg Survey data" back to the 1996-97 season and harvest figures back to 1976. For mule deer, biol- ogists conduct aerial surveys of between 14 and 16 trend areas in Region 7, during the post-season and again during the “green-up” spring months. Surveys show mule deer population den— sity in Region 7 has been increasing since about 2012, when deer numbers began to rebound from a crash follow- ing back-to-back bit- ter winters. In 2015, deer reached the highest density re- cord'éd‘sinbe'fimfi. The recruitment rate for mule deer fawns is also solid, climbing steadily since 2010. “We are sitting at 56 fawns per 100 adults,” Foster said. “Similarly, mule deer bu‘ck harvest is 15 percent above long-term average.” Buck-to.doe ratios dropped from last year’s 48 bucks per 100 does but remain at a strong 34 bucks per 100 does. above long-term av- erage,” she said. “Whitetail buck har- vest was 3 percent below LTA last fall. Recruitment is still good at 54 fawns per 100 adults.” “A11 in all, I’d say whitetail numbers are about average for our neck of the woods, and as is typ» ical for whitetails, numbers are boom- ing in some spots and way down in others, on a very 104 calized scale,” Fos- ter summarized. Buck-to-doe ratios for whitetail are at 29 bucks per 100 does. That compares to a whopping 71 bucks per does last year, but Foster said those buck numbers were “abnormal and super high.” Whitetail popula— tions aren’t quite as robust as mule deer, but numbers are still above average. “Whitetails‘t‘ook‘a little dip this "spring; with counts 26 per- cent below last year, but still 12 percent .. We Deliver! WALK-IN INIC :WEEKDAYS " ’ SATURDAY K >7:00AM—6:30PM . 9AM—lZPM lohnson Hardware & l’urnimrc BIG Selection! LOW Prices! Free financing for 6 months ()./\.(3. BIG I'll-III]? BRING IT ON! fixfi.Paintit.Bomndalit.Wehaveyonr spring improvement and: covered with expert advice and everyday low prices! Builders FirstSource mas-am: ~ 100M“: St, SE, Sidney * \nlu'a (Q ‘N't’lllillllh l mgr 'wlm llnn liisrmml l’riu-s Serra ,1 llHLzr‘n'lr'Hiun ill It! / Hnl l:r(!ll\('l’~ Hn‘mxlr \nul Major Appliances on Sale Now lulu: munrnl (t)!l‘<lil(" ['l'IHl'l'lllJll Illl\lln‘l\f LARGEST SEL filamnWARK 3i rxflflfll‘ffflt W JIMKLK? {W} 4064881000