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First Peoples Buffalo Jump Park Celebrates Labor Day

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This weekend has been a big weekend for the First Peoples Buffalo Jump national park as the park held it's annual Montana Atlatl Mammoth hunt activity weekend. 

This labor day weekend first peoples buffalo has set up several stations inviting people to learn ancient hunting techniques. "We have a fun time at our park to come out and try throwing the atalatl, shooting the ancient bow and throwing a hatchet at a cottonwood target and we have people here that if you say well I don't know how to do that they will spend the time with you to teach you how to do it," says park Manager Richard Hopkins. Visiting the park for Montana residence is quite cheap. "Free if your a Montana resident and you come with a Montana license plate on your vehicle. if they are not you license plate on your vehicle. if they are not you know we get a lot of foreign visitors a lot of out of state visitors and it's a 5 dollar fee most people will say wow that's pretty cheap," explains Hopkins. Hundreds of people from all over have came to the park for the Labor Day weekend festivities. "We have yeah yesterday we had over a couple hundred we lost count and the day before probably that many and I think we are going to top that today also," says Hopkins. Each station is taught by expert volunteers with a bow, ataltil and tomahawk. "Oh yeah they are excited about bow shooting, primitive bow shooting and the tomahawk throwing as well as the atalatil throwing. most come out not wanting to compete but they are all interested in learning how their all interested in learning how to throw," says atlatl expert Jim Ray. The park will continue to operate at it's summer park hours of 8 am to 6 PM until the beginning of October where the park hours start at 10 am and run until 4 in the afternoon.

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