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Hunt Species Guide: Upland Game Birds


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Regulations & Maps

Regulations

Regulations for upcoming seasons are posted online throughout the year. Upland Game Bird regulations are typically posted mid July.

All downloads below are in PDF format.

 

Plan Your Hunt Online

Launch maps, obtain legal descriptions, regulations, and statistics all in one place.

Seasons

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

 

2021 Grouse Season Dates

Mountain Grouse
September 1 – January 1

Sage Grouse
September 1 – September 30

Sharp-Tailed Grouse
September 1 – January 1

 

2021 Partridge Season Dates

Partridge
September 1 – January 1

 

2021 Pheasant Season Dates

General
October 9 – January 1

Youth
September 25 – September 26

 

2021 Turkey Season Dates

Spring
April 10 – May 16

Fall
September 1 – January 1

Licenses & Fees

Upland Game Bird

Details: Residents 12-17, 62 or older, and the disabled may purchase for half cost ($3.75). Nonresidents 12-17 may purchase for half cost ($55).

Fees:

  • Resident: $7.50

  • Nonresident: $110

 

3 Day Upland Game Bird

Details: 3-day license for nonresidents. The license is not valid for sage grouse at any time or for ring-neck pheasants during the opening week of the season.

Fees:

  • Resident: N/A

  • Nonresident: $50

 

Upland Game Bird 3-Day Preserve

Details: Nonresidents need a Conservation and Base Hunting License as prerequisites. Valid only on state-licensed private Shooting Preserves.

Fees:

  • Resident: N/A

  • Nonresident: $20

 

Nonresident Montana Native Upland Game Bird License

Details: For a former resident who was born in Montana, with current resident relative, other qualifications apply.

Fees:

  • Resident: N/A

  • Nonresident: $55

Application & Drawing Deadlines

Availability 

Upland Game Bird licenses are available Over the Counter.

UGB Enhancement Program

Want more birds? Habitat is key for game bird production, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks collaborates with private landowners, public land managers, and conservation organizations to enhance, conserve, and manage lands for game birds. 

Montana Field Guides

Montana’s broad diversity of habitats provide for an array of wildlife, including nine upland game bird species. 

Three of the nine game bird species are not native to Montana yet arguably are the more popular game birds to hunt:  Ring-necked Pheasants, Gray Partridge, and Merriam’s Wild Turkey. 

Learn more about Montana’s upland game birds, including their habitat requirements, diagnostic characteristics, and general distributions, by visiting the Montana Field Guide links:

Hunter Access

Wondering where to start?  Check out FWP’s Hunter Access programs.

Learn how Montana FWP and other state and tribal agencies use federally awarded dollars to fund access programs:

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MONTANA OUTDOORS

Life after CRP

FWP offers new upland habitat lease options to help cure eastern Montana’s upland bird–hunting blues

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