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Hunting season in full swing as general rifle season for big game opens


October 23, 2019

Teddy Crowley was joined on an archery hunt by his sons Kruz and Jaxton on opening day (September 7) of bow season. Teddy harvested this massive Bull Elk south of Chinook in the Bear Paw Mountains. The three hunters spotted the Bull and were able to sneak within 45 yards of him. After a 30 minute wait the Bull stood up and presented a shot. Joining the trio for a picture following the hunt was Teddy's youngest son Kane, and nephew Hudson. The massive bull had a rough score of 386 gross.

Hunting and fishing are two of the most popular activities for many along the Hi-line and across Montana. The industry also provides a huge boost to our local economy, bringing in plenty of hunters from nearly every state in the union. Those hunters buy food, gas, lodging and provide a much needed economic boost.

The Archery season began on September 7 for Antelope, Elk, Deer, Big Horn Sheep, Bear, Mountain Lion and Wolf. Moose and Mountain Goat Archery season began on September 15. In Blaine County Elk, Deer and Antelope are the primary targets of hunters but many locals travel throughout the state in search of the prized moose or mountain goat.

The 2019 Upland Bird Season for Mountain Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse and Partridge began on September 1 and runs to January 1, 2020. Pheasant season attracts plenty of out of state hunters to the area and kicked off October 12 and continues until January 1, 2020. Turkey season for the fall began on September 1 and goes through January 1, 2020 as well. There is a spring season also that will begin in April of 2020.

For the majority of hunters, both visitors and locals alike, the start of the Big Game Rifle Season is a date circled on the calender. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks held a youth only Deer hunt October 17-18 and plenty local youth were successful on their hunt.

General Rifle Deer and Elk season opens October 26 and runs through Sunday, December 1. General Antelope began October 12 and runs through November 10.

Hunting requires everyone to have completed a Hunters Safety Course, and the most recent here in Blaine County concluded last week. The process is quite interesting and the Blaine County Journal will be doing a story for next weeks paper on what it all entails.

The joy and excitement of a young hunter making his or her first hunt is something memorable to be a part of. Being the adult who accompanies those youth brings the same sense of happiness. Get out and enjoy a trip of your own and what Blaine County has to offer.


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