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Field Trials

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A field trial is an examination to determine the ability of dogs to point, flush, or retrieve game birds. An individual or organization wishing to conduct a field trial must obtain a permit from the department. Applications for field trials are submitted to regional offices in the region that the intended field trial is located at least 20 days prior to the anticipated date of the field trial. Applications must indicate the location (township, range, section) of the field trial, the date or dates of the field trial, and must be from official gun dog clubs or organizations typically providing competitions for gun dogs. The application is reviewed by the regional office and a permit number affixed to the approved application. That permit number allows the holder of the permit to lawfully purchase upland game birds from a licensed game bird farm in Montana or to have upland game birds shipped to the permit holder from out of state. If birds are shipped into Montana from out of state, the shipper must obtain a health certificate and an import permit for the shipment of birds from the Montana Department of Livestock, (406) 444-2976. In addition, all birds shipped into Montana must be from National Poultry Improvement Program approved sources.

All wild birds must be flushed from the area in which a field trial is to take place prior to the field trial and all captive reared birds released must be marked. If an unmarked bird is shot during a field trial, it must be replaced by a live captive reared bird immediately. Field trial permits are issued for a specific day or days and a permit must be obtained for each field trial held by a group or organization.



There are no fees associated with this application.

Field Trial Application


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