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Region 3 biologists collecting wings from hunter-harvested sage-grouse, mountain grouse and Hungarian partridges in some areas

Hunting

Mon Aug 27 15:34:21 MDT 2018

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists will be collecting wings from hunter harvested sage-grouse, mountain grouse and Hungarian partridges across southern Region 3 this fall. Wing collection barrels will be placed in the following locations during the sage-grouse hunting season:

  • Hook and Horn Mercantile, Wisdom
  • Sportsmen’s Campground along the Big Hole River, Hwy 43
  • The Dillon Fish, Wildlife & Parks Office
  • The intersection of Big Sheep and Muddy Creeks
  • The intersection of Medicine Lodge and Horse Prairie Creek Roads
  • Snowline
  • The intersection of the Ruby River and Sweetwater Roads
  • The Upper Sweetwater Basin Block Management Sign-in Box
  • The intersection of the Blacktail Deer Creek and Rock Creek roads
  • The Lima Reservoir Dam
  • The east side of the Monida Hill along the South Centennial Road
  • Near the mouth of Sage Creek
  • Along the High-Road west of Twin Bridges

If hunters pass by a wing-barrel while traveling from a hunt, please put one wing from each harvested bird into the barrel. Wings can also be turned into area wildlife biologists or game wardens. Wings will be used to identify birds by species and age class (juvenile or adult). This information allows biologists to monitor juvenile recruitment. 

Also, hunters in the Big Hole Valley may encounter sage grouse hens wearing GPS devices as part of an on-going research study. If one is harvested, please return the device to Butte wildlife biologist, Vanna Boccadori.

If you have questions, contact wildlife biologists Dean Waltee (Sheridan), Craig Fager (Dillon) or Vanna Boccadori (Butte).