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Special Youth Hunting Opportunities in Montana

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Apprentice Hunter Program

The "Apprentice Hunter" law was enacted by the 2015 state Legislature creating the opportunity for youth 10-17 years of age to hunt without completing hunter education. Learn more

Youth Rule

State law allows resident and nonresident youngsters who will reach 12 years of age by January 16, 2017, to hunt any game species with a valid license during an open season after August 15, 2016. They must first, however, successfully complete an approved hunter education course.

Youth Waterfowl and Pheasant Weekend

Montana’s young hunters will have a special treat the weekend of the youth waterfowl and pheasant special seasons, September 24-25, 2016. Licensed hunters, 15 and under, will be able to hunt ducks, mergansers, geese, coots and pheasants statewide on these 2 days.

The 2-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;
  • and 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.

Youth Deer Only Hunt at Fall Break

A youth hunt for deer limited to youngsters between the ages of 12–15 was approved for October 20–21, 2016. These dates coincide with Montana’s annual 2-day teachers’ convention, which are no-school days for most public school students.

The 2-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;
  • and 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.

This hunt is for deer only. All regulations apply. Elk hunting is prohibited.