Montana's spring turkey gobbler season runs April 8 to May 7 this year, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Ample opportunities to hunt gobblers exist in most of eastern Montana's "general turkey hunting areas" with a valid Spring Turkey License.
In addition, special spring turkey gobbler permits are required in some areas of central and western Montana. Hunters interested in these special permits should apply by March 16 to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks region office in the area where the hunter plans to hunt.
The special spring turkey gobbler permit allows a hunter to hunt in the described area during the time period specified on the permit. Each area has a quota of permits available. Applicants must submit in writing their name, address, current year's Conservation License number and a $3 nonrefundable drawing fee.
The permit and the regular Spring Turkey License are both needed in special permit hunting areas. Only the Spring Turkey License is required in general turkey hunting areas. The regular Turkey License ($5 resident and $13 nonresident) is available at FWP offices and most license agents throughout the state. The limit on this license is one wild male turkey per spring season. A Conservation License ($4 resident and $5 nonresident) and Upland Game Bird License ($6 resident and $110 nonresident) are prerequisites. Beginning this year, resident and nonresident hunters, including youth, also need to provide a Social Security number when applying for a Conservation License and most licenses obtained through special drawings.