The application deadline for special permits to hunt sandhill cranes is Aug. 1.
In the Central Flyway, for Wheatland and a portion of Sweet Grass County, 35 special permits will be available. Hunting sandhill cranes in the remainder of the Central Flyway requires a free license available from FWP regional offices.
In the Pacific Flyway, the number of permits available are:
* 35 permits in the Dillon-Twin Bridges-Cardwell area,
* 25 permits in Warm Springs area, and
* 35 permits in the Ovando-Helmville hunting area.
Sandhill crane permit applications are available on the FWP web site. Or hunters may apply online at any FWP regional office or the Helena headquarters, or at the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click on Hunting and then click on "Obtain a License."
Applications can be picked up at any FWP regional office or by calling 406-444-4715. Applicants who apply for special permits through the mail must apply for one area only to: FWP, License Section, Sandhill Crane Drawing, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.
Applicants must print their name and include a signature, state the hunting area they are applying to hunt in, and provide an address, date of birth, ALS number, and a $3 nonrefundable drawing fee.
Applicants must have a 2005 Conservation License before applying for the sandhill crane permit. Successful applicants may need to purchase a 2005 Migratory Bird License to hunt.
The sandhill crane season is Sept. 10-18 and the bag and possession limit is one sandhill crane.