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News from the office of Governor Gianforte

HELENA — Honoring Montana’s hunting heritage, Governor Greg Gianforte today celebrated ten winners of his inaugural Youth Hunting Story Contest in a ceremony at the State Capitol. 

“We started the Youth Hunting Story Contest this year with a simple purpose: to celebrate our hunting heritage in Montana,” Governor Gianforte said. “After receiving and reading over 200 stories, I was proud to welcome our top ten winning hunters to the State Capitol today. Hunting is a proud tradition in Montana, and every youth hunter in Montana should be proud of their part in preserving it.”

Governor Gianforte shares the hunting story of Emaline Musson, one of ten winners of the 2022 contest

Governor Greg Gianforte this fall created the Youth Hunting Story contest for Montana youth and apprentice hunters between the ages of 10-17.

To enter the contest, resident hunters had to submit a story of no more than 500 words and a photo from their hunt. Eligible entries included the harvest of any legal game, furbearer animals, or birds in Montana.

The governor recognized the ten winning hunters in the State Capitol this afternoon. Winning hunters received prizes from Stone Glacier, Vista Outdoor, Sitka, J2 Taxidermy, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

“With such great prizes on the line, this contest had some stiff competition,” the governor said. “I thank Stone Glacier, Vista Outdoor, Sitka, J2 Taxidermy, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for their generosity and helping us celebrate these young hunters.”  

The local wining hunters is below and his story can be viewed at:

—  Mika Smith of Charlo (10 years old) for the story of his duck hunt. 

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