Much cooler temperatures. A little snow in the higher elevations. Could this be ideal conditions for a youngster to bag the big one?

Well, let's hope so, as we wish the kiddos and their adult companions best of luck this weekend for Montana's annual youth deer-only hunt, a weekend prior to the general big game season for all Montana hunters.

A youth hunt for deer limited to youngsters between the ages of 12–15 was approved for October 15-16, 2020. These dates coincide with Montana’s annual two-day teachers’ convention, which are no-school days for most public school students.

According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the two-day youth hunt is open to legally licensed 12-15 year olds who have completed hunter education and who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 18 years of age. Also, properly certified and legally licensed apprentice hunters 10-15 years of age who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult "mentor" at least 21 years of age can participate as well.

Remember, this hunt is for deer only. Elk hunting is prohibited. All rules and regulations apply. Hunters will notice some changes to this year’s Deer/Elk/Antelope Regulations. The regulations booklet has been reorganized and reformatted for better flow and clarity. In addition, the legal descriptions will be published in a separate booklet.

Good hunting to the kids and good mentoring to the adults. We hope you get to spend some quality time together, successful or not.