By angelamontana

Posted: September 13, 2022

GREAT FALLS – The 2022 Youth Pheasant and Waterfowl Weekend is fast approaching, and several kick-off events are scheduled around Region 4. To get interested hunters and their families prepared for the youth weekend, which is Sept. 24 and 25, these free events will provide the opportunity to meet with mentors, get a firearms safety refresher, learn field tips, ask questions of FWP staff, and provide a chance for youth to practice their wing shooting skills in advance of their hunt.

During the week prior to the youth weekend, FWP will release pheasants on several wildlife management areas around the state, including Freezout WMA near Fairfield. The purpose of the pheasant release program is to give youth hunters an opportunity to experience hunting success, encouraging their future participation.

In addition to pheasants, licensed hunters, ages 15 and under, will be able to hunt ducks, mergansers, geese, and coots statewide on these two days.

The two-day youth hunt is open to:

  • legally licensed 12- to 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.

Events are scheduled as follows in Region 4

  • Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Mentored trap shooting and pheasant hunt over dogs in cooperation with Pheasants Forever and Golden Triangle Sporting Dog Club. Call or text 406-727-4676 to register or for more information.
  • Sept. 22 in Conrad: Pondera County Shooting Sports Center 6 – 8 p.m. 972 Granite Road; FWP staff and Shooting Sports Center members assist youth with wingshooting practice, answer questions about the upcoming youth hunt weekend.
  • Sept. 24 and 25, 8 a.m.-noon, Freezout Lake WMA Headquarters, Fairfield; FWP staff will be on site to answer questions about hunting opportunities at Freezout Lake WMA, and also provide an opportunity to practice shotgun shooting before venturing afield.
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