Montana Bird Hunting

Seasons Span September 1 – January 1, 2022

Resident License Fees:

$17.50 (base + upland)

Non-Resident License Fees:

$125 (base + upland)
3-Day $50

State Drought Monitor – Upland hunting conditions are often highly dependent upon moisture for both habitat production and bird survival.

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*prior to hunting, always verify all local rules and regulations with the appropriate state agencies because these laws are continually changing and are often area specific



Hungarian Partridge

Montana Hungarian Partridge Season

September 1 – January 1, 2022

Limits: 8 per day, 32 possession


Blue Grouse

Montana Blue Grouse Season

September 1 – January 1, 2022

Limits: 3 per day, 12 possession in aggregate with Ruffed and Spruce


Spruce Grouse

Montana Spruce Grouse Season

September 1 – January 1, 2022

 Limits: 3 per day, 12 possession in aggregate with Ruffed and Blue


Ruffed Grouse

Montana Ruffed Grouse Season

September 1 – January 1, 2022

Limits: 3 per day, 12 possession in aggregate with Blue and Spruce


Ring-Necked Pheasant

Montana Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

October 9 – January 1, 2022

Limits: 3 per day, 9 possession


Sharptail Grouse

Montana Sharp-Tailed Grouse Season

September 1 – January 1, 2022

Limits: 4 per day, 16 possession


Sage Grouse

Montana Sage Grouse Season

September 1 – September 30, 2021

Limits: 2 per day, 4 possession

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