By Montana Grant

Posted: November 25, 2018

Hunting season is coming to an end. I am sure that many wives, girlfriends, and employers are relieved. Now the excuses, stories, lateness, and preoccupation can end too.

There is still some hunting left in the season. Pheasants, grouse, Huns, season will be around until Jan. 1st, 2019. Shoulder elk hunts and weapons restriction zones are open until next year as well. All other big game seasons are closed on Nov. 25th, except for special management hunts.

Montana’s weather is partly to blame for the end of hunting season. The snow, cold, and migration of critters makes hunting harder. The deer and elk seem to end up on private land where hunting opportunities are limited at best. Backcountry hunts are harder with deep snow and cold.

Ironically, deer hunting is just getting good. The RUT, or breeding time, is now and into December. In many other states, deer season opens the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. These hunters are just getting into their deer hunts while we must end ours.

The next Big Sky treat will involve skis, ice, snow, and sleds. For many, this is the best time of the year. I enjoy the ice fishing but not the other winter sports. Instead, winter is when we reload for next year. Tying flies, reloading, repairing, cleaning and organizing gear, planning new adventures, and celebrating another year.

Being Last just means getting ready for the First Day of the next season!

Montana Grant

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