Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials remind upland game bird hunters headed afield this fall of important changes in regulations concerning the transportation of the birds they take. Montana's 1998 hunting season for most species of upland game birds opened on September 1.
Regulations now state that hunters transporting any harvested sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, mountain grouse and partridge must leave one wing naturally attached to each of the birds for species identification purposes. The wing is to remain attached at all times while the birds are being transported from the place where they were taken until they have arrived at the permanent residence of the hunter or the person who possesses them.
When the 1998 ring-necked pheasant season opens on October 10, successful pheasant hunters will further need to remember that they now need to keep not only one leg, but also one foot naturally attached to all the pheasants they take while the birds are being transported to the home of the hunter or the person possessing them. Hunters are not required to leave a wing attached to pheasants.
Hunters with questions concerning these regulation changes are urged to contact their local game warden or their nearest FWP office.