To celebrate our hunting heritage in Montana, Governor Greg Gianforte in 2022 hosted the inaugural Youth Hunting Story Contest for Montana youth and apprentice hunters ages 10-17. To enter the contest, hunters wrote and submitted a story of no more than 500 words of a hunt from 2022. Governor Gianforte selected ten winning hunters from over 200 entries statewide.

Congratulations to the ten winners of the 2022 contest.

  • Brynlee Epperson, Lewistown
  • Emaline Musson, Belgrade
  • Grayson Fulton, Colstrip
  • Greyson Garza, Belt
  • Jack Heicher, Townsend
  • Jaeger Tombre, Savage
  • Jason Michalsky, Billings
  • Lilly Ebert, Whitehall
  • Mika Smith, Charlo
  • Ruthy Vinson, Manhattan

A special thank you to J2 Taxidermy, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Sitka, Stone Glacier, and Vista Outdoor for donating prizes to the winning hunters.

View the winning stories here: