Montana’s mentoring program is getting new hunters into the field (VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
Kim Selby, a beginning hunter in Big Sky Country, this season had a chance to fill a 20-year dream by bagging her first deer. Selby, who was coached by Hi-Line Sportsmen as part of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Mentorship program, put in lots of hard work and relied on the program to help get her into a successful hunt.
“I was born and raised in Montana and I have become more interested in keeping the Montana traditions alive in the family,” Selby said. “And I found out about the mentorship program and it was just like exactly what I was looking for.”
In what some are calling Hunters Education 2.0, the program matches more seasoned hunters willing to impart their skill set gained by experience to those lacking a mentor. Its a situation with benefits on both sides of the hunt.
“It was an honor and a pleasure to share time afield with Kim,” said Francis Drew Henry with Hi-Line. “The goal was to teach her what I know, but in the end, we both learned a lot from each other. I’m sure that her persistence and dedication will continue to make her a successful hunter in the future, and I’m looking