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Hunting in Montana: 3 Animals To Hunt in the Summer

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Jun 2015 09:21 PM

Summer in Montana can provide hunters with some of the state’s most stable hunting weather throughout the year. Montana has occasional heavy rains from fall through spring, though it’s mostly clear skies during the summer.

Because of the rich diversity of Montana’s wildlife and its sprawling landscape, many hunters consider Montana to be a premier destination for hunters.

Summer is a great time to hunt in Montana, especially for these three animals.

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1. Antelope
Open season for Antelope begins in August and continues into November, according to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP). Hunters must apply for a specific license, permitting them to hunt antelope, elk or deer. Antelope, or pronghorn as they’re also called, are evenly distributed throughout the state and can be found in a wide range of locales, especially during the summer. Bucks can be especially aggressive during the summer.

2. Eurasian Dove
Eurasian doves are an invasive species and have no specified open season or bag limit. They can be hunted year-round, though hunting in the summer provides the clearest skies and easiest shots. These doves were first introduced to Montana in 1997 in small quantities, though they’re now widespread throughout the state. The Eurasian dove is easily confused with the native mourning dove, whose season runs from September through October, the FWP said.

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3. Starling
These small birds didn’t exist in the United States until the last 1890, when 100 European starlings were brought to New York City, according to the FWP. The birds have spread throughout North America, where hundreds of millions of them exist.

Starlings can cause damage to local habitats, as their tenacious tendencies allow them to prosper over native species. They steal other birds’ nests, damage local fruit and vegetation, and carry diseases. They can pass some of these illnesses onto livestock, which is why Montana has no closed season for the starling, the FWP said. Hunters can freely target them at any time throughout the year without a bag limit.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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