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Pair of trumpeter swans

Hunt Species Guide: Swan

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  • Montana Field Guide: Trumpeter Swan View Guide 
  • Montana Field Guide: Tundra Swan View Guide 

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Regulations & Maps


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


2020 Swan Season Dates

Central Flyway

Tundra Swan (permits only)

October 3 – January 7

Pacific Flyway

Swan (permits only)

October 10 – December 1

Licenses & Fees


Details: See Migratory Bird regulations for details


  • Resident: $5*

  • Nonresident: $5*

*Cost includes $5 nonrefundable drawing fee


Swan — Central Flyway Only

Details: See Migratory Bird regulations for details


  • Resident: $0

  • Nonresident: $0

Application & Drawing Deadlines



July 23


This license is available via Special Drawing.


Swan — Central Flyway Only


This license is available Over the Counter.

Swan Identification

Swan hunting is allowed in Montana only by holders of a special permit.

Two species of swans can be found in Montana:

  • Trumpeter Swans
  • Tundra Swans

It is legal to hunt either species of swans in a small portion of the Pacific Flyway part of the state. The later opening date and earlier closing date in the Pacific Flyway is intended to reduce the chance of harvesting trumpeters. It is NOT legal to shoot a trumpeter swan in the Central Flyway part of the state; the swan season there is only for tundra swans.

Swan identification can be difficult in normal hunting conditions. Understanding the different characteristics of swans can help you make the right decisions in the field.

Distinguishing Trumpeter Swans from Tundra Swans is possible by paying close attention to calls, although bill characteristics and other features may be helpful at close range.

Montana's Animal Field Guide offers information about both the Trumpeter Swan and the Tundra Swan.

For further information about swan identification and to hear additional swan calls, visit The Trumpeter Swan Society.