Montana Law Allows Young Hunters to Get an Early Start
A new Montana law passed last year will allow some youths to start hunting before their 12th birthday.
House Bill 221, passed by the 2009 Montana Legislature, makes it possible for a youth who will reach 12 years of age by Jan. 16, 2011 to participate in any hunting season that opens after Aug. 15. The youth must first pass a hunter's education course and be properly licensed.
"The law seeks to allow youngsters who turn 12 in the course of a license year to get started hunting a bit earlier than they could in the past," said Ron Aasheim, chief of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Communications and Education bureau.
In past years, a youth could not hunt until he or she turned 12 years old.
For more information on hunting eligibility requirements visit FWP's Web site at fwp.mt.gov.