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Hunt Species Guide: Migratory Birds


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Regulations & Maps

Regulations

Regulations for upcoming seasons are posted online throughout the year. Waterfowl, Sandhill Crane, Mourning Dove & Snipe regulations are typically posted mid June.

All downloads below are in PDF format.

 

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Seasons

These dates are provided only as a general reference. Check current regulations or use FWP's online Hunt Planner for specific dates.

 

2020 Common Snipe Season Dates

Central Flyway 
September 1 – December 16

Pacific Flyway
September 1 – December 16

 

2020 Duck & Coot Season Dates

Central Flyway 

Duck & Coot - Zone 1 

October 3 – January 7

Duck & Coot - Zone 2

October 3 – October 11 and October 24 – January 19

Falconry - Zone 1 

September 23 – January 7

Falconry - Zone 2

September 23 – October 11 and October 24 – January 19

Youth Weekend

September 26 – September 27

 

Pacific Flyway

Ducks

October 3 – December 27 and December 28 – January 10 and January 16 – January 20

Falconry, Ducks, Coots & Geese

October 3 – January 10 and January 16 – January 20

Scaup

October 3 – December 27

Youth Weekend

September 26 – September 27

 

2020 Goose Season Dates

Central Flyway*

*Central Flyway is divided into 2 zones. See the regulations for details on the zones and the specific dates.

Geese & Falconry - Zone 1 

October 3 – January 10 and January 16 – January 20

Geese & Falconry - Zone 2

October 3 – October 11 and October 24 – January 27

Youth Weekend

September 26 – September 27

 

Pacific Flyway

Geese & Falconry

October 3 – January 10 and January 16 – January 20

Youth Weekend

September 26 – September 27

 

2020 Mourning Dove Season Dates

Central Flyway 
September 1 – October 30

Pacific Flyway
September 1 – October 30

Licenses & Fees

Migratory Bird License

Details: Residents and nonresidents, 17 and under, need to purchase a Conservation and Base Hunting License and may purchase a Migratory Bird License at half cost (resident - $3.25; nonresident - $25). Federal Migratory Bird Stamp is also required for individuals, both resident and nonresident, 16 and older. The federal stamp is available from the USPS as well as all FWP offices.

All migratory bird hunters in Montana, as well as in al other states, are required to take part in a National Harvest Survey Program. To comply with HIP, you must complete a survey including your name, address and date of birth before you can purchase your Montana Migratory Bird License.

Fees:

  • Resident: $6.50

  • Nonresident: $50

Application & Drawing Deadlines

Availability 

This license is available Over the Counter.

Duck & Goose Identification

Most FWP regional offices will have free waterfowl identification guides that you may pick up and carry while hunting.

Helpful Information

MONTANA OUTDOORS

What Duck is That?

Waterfowl hunters are legally required to identify the species and even gender of the birds they shoot. For everyone else, it’s simply fun to know which duck is which.

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What Duck is That cover article