Montana's young hunters will have the state’s waterfowl and pheasants pretty much to themselves this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23.
Legally licensed hunters ages 12 through 15 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 bag limits, shooting hours and all other regulations that apply to the regular waterfowl season apply to this special hunt. There is, however, one exception to the youth waterfowl season and that's at the Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area near Helena. Shooting hours there will extend from one-half hour before sunrise to noon each day.
Remember, all hunters must ask first to gain permission to hunt on private land. Montana's general waterfowl hunting season opens Sept. 29 for most species.