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The Rise of Women Hunters in Montana

Young, Fearless, and In Pursuit
Bella Fabich with her buck antelope that she shot in Montana. (Hank Fabich)

In Montana, a state known for its sweeping plains, rugged mountains, and rich hunting traditions, a new group of hunters is making its mark – women. 

 In the small town of Livingston, Montana, young hunters such as the ones mentioned in this article are gradually gaining recognition for their extraordinary trophies. 

One of these hunters is Bella Fabich who is a freshman at Park High. Bella says “My dad introduced me to hunting when I was younger because it’s a big part of our family.” To her, hunting is not just a sport, but a tradition through many generations.

 Throughout all of the years Bella has been hunting she says that her most memorable hunt was going to Alaska with her dad and getting a moose. Even though she has gone on her fair share of big hunts, Bella still appreciates all of the small ones she’s gotten to go on even if she doesn’t bag a trophy. 

Another hunter at Park High who has been increasing her collection of horns in recent years is Maddison Wise. She is a junior at Park High and says that her brothers introduced her to hunting when she was younger. 

One of her earliest memories of hunting was when she shot her first buck with her mom at the age of 12. For Wise, shooting her first buck was an unforgettable thrill, and she hasn’t stopped hunting since. Maddison recalls “The biggest buck I’ve ever gotten did a backflip after I shot it.” 

It’s clear that a shift in female participation is occurring with young hunters such as Bella and Maddison leading the way. These women who have respect for the tradition and are breaking down the barriers aren’t just participating in hunting but are reshaping it. 

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