Wildlife Possession License & Permit Applications

Permits are necessary to possess and/or use various types of wildlife, both native species and exotic species. There are some species of exotic wildlife that may NOT be possessed as personal pets. Learn the difference between controlled, noncontrolled, and prohibited species to be clear on which species you may possess.

No species of wildlife may be released into the wild without specific authorization from the department.

Wildlife Possession

Permit to Train Dogs in Upland Game Bird Nesting Areas

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The use of open fields for training dogs is only permissible if no live game birds are killed or captured during the training period requested and that the training is more than 1 mile from any bird nesting or management area or game preserve. To protect or naturally reproducing game bird populations during the period of critical nesting and brooding, a permitting process was developed to verify the location and time frame for permitting the activity. Learn more

Possess Captive-reared Upland Game Birds for Noncommercial Purposes

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Free permit needed to purchase and possess upland game birds. Learn more

Use of Captive-reared Upland Game Birds for Dog Training

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Free permit needed to purchase and use upland game birds for dog training. Learn more

Use of Captive-reared Upland Game Birds for the Training of Raptors in the Sport of Falconry

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Free permit needed to purchase and use upland game birds for falconry training. Learn more

Falconry License Application

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There are 3 classes of falconry licenses: the apprentice class, the general class, and the master class. Learn more

Nonresident Capture of Raptors

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Beginning in 2012, the capture of raptors from the wild will be allowed in Montana for non-residents who are licensed in their state, by the USFWS, or both for the sport of falconry. Learn more

Release Ring-necked Pheasants Between March 1 and September 15 for Noncommercial Purposes

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Free permit allows purchase and release of up to 200 pheasants on private land. Learn more

Field Trial Permit Application

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Free permit to conduct a sanctioned field trial to determine the ability of dogs to point, flush, or retrieve game birds. Learn more

Petition for Classification of an Exotic Species

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Animals not yet classified as non-controlled, controlled, or prohibited are considered prohibited for personal possession until classified. Learn more

Controlled Exotic Wildlife Permit Application

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Permit needed to possess an exotic animal already classified as a controlled species. Learn more

Roadside Menagerie Permit Application

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License needed to use species of wild animals, including birds, reptiles, and the like, for the purpose of exhibition or attracting trade. Learn more

Wild Animal Menagerie Permit Application

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License needed to hold any bear or large cat in captivity for use other than public exhibition. Learn more

Zoo Permit Application

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License needed by a non-profit zoological garden or an AZA-accredited facility to exhibit wild animals for public viewing. Learn more