Youth Only Pheasant & Waterfront Hunts on Tap
Montana’s young hunters will have the states’ waterfowl and pheasants to themselves Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27.
Legally licensed hunters ages 10-15 may hunt ducks, geese, coots mergansers and ring-necked pheasants statewide on these two special days set aside for youngsters.
The two-day youth hunt is open to legally licensed 12-15 year olds who have completed hunter education and who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 18 years of age; and properly certified and legally licensed apprentice hunters 10-15 years of age who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult “mentor” at least 21 years of age.While the accompanying adult or mentor may not shoot, he or she can assist with setting decoys, calling and retrieving. The bag limits, shooting hours, and all other regulations that apply to the regular waterfowl season apply to this special hunt.
There is, however, one exception to the youth waterfowl season. That’s at the Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area near Helena where shooting hours will extend from one-half hour before sunrise to noon on each day.
A second youth-only hunt for deer is set for Oct. 15-16.
All hunters must ask first to gain permission to hunt on private land.
For more information, visit FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov. Click “Hunting” then click “Special Youth Hunting Opportunities”; for information on the new apprentice hunter program click “Apprentice Hunters”.