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Opening Day of General Hunting Season Renews Montana Traditions


In Montana, a weekend like none other awaits. After purchasing hunting licenses, applying for permits months ago, and laying plans over hot coffee and topography maps, young and old are filled with the anticipation that only comes with the opening day of Montana’s general deer and elk hunting season.

Beginning Sat., Oct. 24 and continuing until the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, hunters in Montana will head afield with friends and family in pursuit of tradition as much as deer and elk.

“There’s really nothing to compare it to,” said Jeff Hagener, director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena. “About 100,000 hunters will be afield this weekend. Grocery stores will be busier than on Super Bowl Sunday. Rural coffee shops have ordered extra bacon and eggs and stocked up on homemade pie. FWP phones in every region of the state are ringing constantly and the FWP website will try to hold its own as folks far and wide try to find last-minute information on their favorite hunting areas.”


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