Online show highlights Montana upland bird hunting

Renee Tomala, left, and Erica Hill celebrate a bird in the hand during the ‘Montana Mixed Bag’ hunt this fall. Both women work for Pheasants Forever.

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For a Minnesota upland bird hunter, the possibility of encountering a grizzly bear while afield takes the sport to a different level, said Bob St. Pierre.

In other states he’s hunted, the biggest hazards were snakes or porcupines. Then he joined Pheasants Forever’s Rooster Road Trip this fall to chase birds along the Teton River in northwest Montana.

“I’ve never hunted in a place where something could eat me,” said the chief marketing and communications officer for the conservation group.

To heighten the pressure, news of a grizzly bear mauling a hunter along the Rocky Mountain Front was in the news a week earlier.

“So it’s in the back of your mind,” St. Pierre added.

Now in its 13th year, the Rooster Road Trip visited Montana for four online episodes titled “Montana Mixed Bags.”

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