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Game range opens to the roar of engines


Jean Pocha

Desirae Dell, age 13, Bigfork, was happy and excited to find an elk horn within an hour of the game range opening.

Every year the Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (WMA) commonly known as the Game Range near Clearwater Junction in Greenough opens for eager shed hunters to collect antlers from the field.

The annual tradition has become a kind of festival.

"Horn hunting is like an Easter-egg hunt for adults," said Trevor Welnel, a Helena area hunter who came to the Greenough for the opening day event.

The Game Range opened on May 15.

"Once the gate opens you drive until your heart is bursting with excitement," Welnel said. "Then you park and start running."

People came from as far as Oregon...

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