In Montana, upland game birds consist of sage and sharp-tailed grouse, blue, ruffed and Franklin's grouse, pheasants, wild turkeys, and Hungarian (grey) and chukar partridge.
Most upland game bird seasons begin Sept. 1 with the exception of ring-necked pheasants. Pheasant hunting doesn't start until Oct. 6 for residents. Nonresidents may begin pheasant hunting Oct. 8. The sage grouse season will close Nov. 1, while the mountain grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and partridge hunting seasons will close Dec. 15.
Daily limits are three sage grouse, four sharp-tailed grouse, and three mountain grouse. The possession limit is two times the daily bag limit for sage grouse and four times the daily bag limit for sharp-tailed and mountain grouse and partridge. For pheasants the bag limit is three cock pheasants daily and legal possession is three times the daily bag limit.
Fall turkey season, September 1 to December 15, is open to all hunters with a valid Fall Turkey License in Hill, Chouteau, Fergus, Wheatland, Sweet Grass, Stillwater and Carbon Counties and all counties east of these. Fall turkey special permit hunting areas are Flathead, Lake and Sanders Counties and FWP Region 3. The fall bag limit for turkey is one wild turkey.
Upland game bird hunters from 15 to 61 years old need a Conservation License and an Upland Bird License. Residents 12 to 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.
Hunters hunting upland game birds on Indian Reservations should check Indian Reservation regulations for season dates, bag limits, licensing requirements, shooting hours, legal species and shot shell requirements which may differ from state regulations. Both residents and nonresidents may begin hunting pheasants on the Flathead Indian Reservation on October 6. For details call FWP at 406-752-5501.