This area is also important winter habitat for a wide range of ungulate species, migrating down-valley each year as the snowpack increases in the upper Sun River within the Rocky Mountains. Today’s Sun River Game, lying in the background of the photograph, provides critical habitat for wintering bighorn sheep, elk, and mule deer. Fescue, wheatgrass and june grass are important for elk early in the winter, but as later in the winter, creeping juniper, an important component of the ground cover, is increasingly important forage.1 This abundance of ungulates provides excellent opportunities for four and two legged hunters.
Map and Footnotes
- Kasworm, W. F., L. R. Irby, and H. B. Ihsle Pac. 1984. Diets of Ungulates Using Winter Ranges in Northcentral Montana. Journal of Range Management 37(1): 67-71. ↩