Most of Montana's upland game bird hunting seasons are underway, but many experienced hunters—and their trusty retrievers and pointers— are hoping for good shooting and cooler days ahead.
In most areas of Montana, Montana wing-shooters should find the state rather accommodating with fair to good game bird populations and some pockets of very good hunting potential.
Montana's upland game bird hunting seasons generally run through Jan. 1, 2013. The exception is the sage grouse season, which closes Nov. 1.
Montana's pheasant season opens Oct. 6 and runs through New Year's Day. For more information on upland game bird hunting in Montana, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov, click "Hunting" then click Hunting Guide.
Here's a look at what upland game bird hunters can expect this season.
Region 2—Western Montana
Region 3—Southwestern Montana
Region 4—Central Montana
Regions 5 — South Central Montana
Region 6—Northeastern Montana
Region 7—Southeastern Montana