Governor Greg Gianforte has announced the commencement of the second annual Governor's Youth Hunting Story Contest.

The Details

This opportunity is tailored for Montana's youth and apprentice hunters aged between 10 and 17.

The contest aims to foster a sense of camaraderie among young hunters while spotlighting their thrilling hunting narratives.

Governor Gianforte said,

Last year, we received hundreds of submissions from young hunters across Montana for our inaugural Youth Hunting Story Contest. We're excited to bring back the contest for its second year, and I invite all of Montana's youth and apprentice hunters who harvest an animal this year to be a part of it.

The contest invites participants to pen down their hunting experiences in a concise story not exceeding 500 words, accompanied by an image encapsulating their hunt.

Exclusive to Montana residents

Entrants must hold a valid hunting license or be registered as an apprentice hunter, falling within the age bracket of 10 to 17 years.

Submissions may revolve around harvesting diverse legal game, furbearer animals, or birds within Montana's borders.

Governor Gianforte will select ten distinguished winners, divided into two age groups: five winners aged 10 to 13 and another five aged 14 to 17.

The Winners

The victors' names will be publicly disclosed in mid-December, with the recognition ceremony scheduled for January of the upcoming year at the esteemed State Capitol.

Young hunters have until Monday, November 27, 2023, to submit their captivating narratives and accompanying photographs.

You can find the official contest website at

The contest aims to encourage the next generation of hunters to share their tales of adventure and further solidify the bond between Montana's youth and its cherished wilderness.

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