DILLON, Mont. -

People in Dillon are raising scholarship money in an unusual way.

Blue barrels are set up around town and surrounding areas to collect animal hides.

The hides are worth money, and the folks collecting them use that money to give back to a scholarship fund for kids in Dillon.

The leader of the group told NBC Montana he's been doing this for more than 30 years.

"We needed money for the Elk scholarship and Youth Activity," said Dillon resident John Plutt Jr., "so we thought, 'well we'll sell hides and the money we get from the hides we'll give to the Elks scholarship and Youth Activity.'"

We're told this year they've raised about $7,000.

Platt said the blue barrels are placed in 12 different locations.