Friday, August 18, 2000Opening day for most upland game bird hunting season occur on the same day every year-Sept. 1. The standardized statewide hunting season openings are:
- Sage Grouse September 1-November 1
- Sharp-Tailed Grouse September 1-December 15
- Mountain Grouse September 1-December 15
- Partridge September 1-December 15
- Turkey September 1-December 15
- Ring-Necked Pheasant October 7 - December 15
- Falconry Season September 1-March 31, 2001
This year the seasons will open on a Friday morning, one-half hour before sunrise. Pheasant hunters, however, will have to wait until Oct. 7 for their opening day. The Upland Game Birds and Falconry Regulations provide details on areas of the state open for each species.
The daily limits are three sage grouse, four sharp-tailed grouse, three mountain grouse, and eight partridge. The possession limit for these birds is two times the daily bag limit for sage grouse and four times the daily bag limit for all others. The sage grouse season will close Nov. 1 while the mountain grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and partridge hunting seasons will close Dec. 15.
Daily bag limit for mourning doves is 15 and 8 for Common (Wilson's) snipe. The possession limit is two times the daily bag limit. The dove season closes Oct. 30 and the snipe season closes Dec. 16.
For wild turkey hunters, the bag limit is one turkey. The fall turkey-hunting season closes Dec. 15.
Upland game bird hunters from 15 to 61 years old need a Conservation License and an Upland Bird License. Residents 12-14, 62 and older, and holders of a Resident with a Disability Conservation License need only a Conservation License. Turkey hunters need a valid Turkey License.
Hunters should check regulations for exceptions and additional seasons. Upland game bird hunting regulations are available from most license dealers and all FWP offices.