By Toby Trigger

Posted: September 24, 2016

Montana’s young hunters will have the state’s waterfowl and pheasants pretty much to themselves this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25.

Legally licensed hunters ages 15 and under may hunt ducks, geese, coots mergansers and ring-necked pheasants statewide on these two special days set aside for youngsters, but they must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age.

While the accompanying adult may not shoot, he or she can assist with setting decoys, calling and retrieving.

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,
  • 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.

All regulations apply. The Canyon Ferry WMA is an exception—only to the youth waterfowl season shooting hours—they will be one-half hour before sunrise to noon.

Remember, all hunters must ask first to gain permission to hunt on private land. Montana’s general waterfowl hunting season opens Oct. 1 for most species.


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For more information, visit FWP’s website at Click “Hunting” then click “Youth Opportunities.”