Rut Reporter Rich Landers, a native Montanan and life-long hunter, is the outdoors editor for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane. He has written several books about the western outdoors and has hunted whitetails all his life. States covered: WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, CO.
Sept. 6:** Hunting forecast news is sobering in Eastern Montana, where whitetails are suffering the double whammy of two difficult winters followed by this summer's onset of disease. Deer numbers have declined in many areas--and the numbers continue to plummet going into this fall's seasons.