It’s Spring Turkey Time in Montana
While the weather looks like it could be rather hit and miss with wind and snow showers in western Montana, here's hoping you don't miss.
Good luck to those on the hunt tomorrow (Saturday). Montana’s spring male turkey season opens April 10. Turkey hunters can purchase a turkey license for a general area at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks offices, license providers or online. Spring turkey season runs April 10 - May 16.
While the application deadline for western Montana’s spring gobbler season permits has passed, the 2021 fall and winter turkey season dates are September 1 - January 1. Regulations, with details on turkey hunting in the general area, are available on this page of the Montana FWP website.
Hunters should remember that when transporting a spring turkey in the state on Montana, one leg and foot must be naturally attached for evidence of sex. Montana law requires landowner permission for hunting on all private land. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks also reminds spring turkey hunters that all Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program enrollments are currently closed and only open during the fall hunting season. Similarly, most Block Management Areas are also closed, but some remain open for spring turkey and spring bear opportunities. No shed hunting, hiking or other recreations are allowed on these properties without landowner permission. Be sure to check the FWP website for dates and locations these properties open.
The Merriam’s turkey was introduced to Montana in 1954. It represents one of the most prized upland game birds. They have become an exciting addition to Montana's wildlife and hunting scene.
If tomorrow is a Turkey Day for you, here's wishing you much success.
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