For many Montanans, hunting is a way of life. For many, it's a tradition that is passed down through multiple generations and not only is a way to provide food for the table but an opportunity for young and old to bond while spending quality time together.

Montana is known for many things, including its spectacular scenery. From its mountain peaks to its fields of gold, Big Sky Country has a lot to offer, including an abundant amount of wildlife. Montana has long been a hunter's paradise, with locals and out-of-staters hoping to harvest bison, deer, elk, moose, and other kinds of wildlife.

When it comes to states with the most hunting licenses, Montana ranks among the Top 5 according to one source.

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The folks over at Stacker decided to research the country and find out which states have the most hunters and it shouldn't come as a big surprise that our region leads the nation.

Where does Montana rank when it comes to states with the most hunters?

Montana comes in 3rd with just over 20 percent of the population registered as licensed hunters. So, what other states made the Top 5? It just so happens the remaining 4 are all "neighbors".

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Wyoming leads the nation with almost a quarter of its population registered to hunt, followed by South Dakota with over 22 percent. North Dakota comes in fourth with 19 percent and Idaho rounds out the Top 5 with over 15 percent of the population registered.

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While there are seasons for certain animals, Montana does allow for hunting all year round on specific species such as rabbits, foxes, badgers, and squirrels.

States with the most registered hunters

Stacker analyzed data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine which states have the most registered hunters. Read on to see how your state ranks on Stacker’s list.

Gallery Credit: Meagan Drillinger

States with the most registered hunters

Stacker analyzed data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine which states have the most registered hunters. Read on to see how your state ranks on Stacker’s list.

Gallery Credit: Meagan Drillinger