Governor Gianforte Launches Youth Hunting Story Contest

Helena, MT - Governor Greg Gianforte has announced the launch of the inaugural Governor’s Youth Hunting Story Contest, open to Montana youth and apprentice hunters ages 10-17.

“Hunting is a proud tradition in Montana that will be carried on by the next generation,” Gov. Gianforte said. “To celebrate our hunting heritage, I invite Montana’s youth and apprentice hunters who harvest an animal this year to be a part of the first-ever Youth Hunting Story Contest.”

“We’ll read about their adventures, and recognize ten young hunters as the contest winners at the State Capitol this December,” the governor continued.

To enter the contest, hunters must submit a story of no more than 500 words and a photo from their hunt. Hunters must be a Montana resident and a licensed hunter or apprentice hunter between the ages of 10-17. Eligible entries include the harvest of any legal game, furbearer animals, or birds in Montana. 

The governor will select 10 winning hunters, five aged 10-13 and five aged 14-17, and invite them to the State Capitol in mid-December to be recognized. Winning hunters will also receive prizes from Stone Glacier and Vista Outdoor.

The deadline to enter the contest is Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.

To learn more and enter the Governor’s Youth Hunting Story Contest, visit


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