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Montana Mountain Grouse

Montana hosts three species of mountain grouse, Blue (Dusky Grouse), Ruffed, and Franklin's (Spruce Grouse). The Blue Grouse is the largest of the species, and all species are primarily found in Central to Western Montana. In the winter they eat deciduous tree buds and shrubs. In summer, they subsist on a mixed diet of insects, green plants and berries, with young birds eating primarily insects.

Listed below are 2012 dates. 2013 dates should be close to the same. This site will be updated with 2013 dates once they are released, which will be during the first few months of 2013. Blue, Ruffed and Franklin's Grouse may be taken by shotgun not larger than a ten guage, by rifle or handgun, or by bow. The general mountain grouse season dates are Sept 01 through Jan 01, and there is a bag limit of three birds per day. The possession limit is twelve birds. The falconry season allows either-sex hunting by falconry, with a daily bag limit of two birds and an aggregate possession limit of six birds.


*You should check fwp upland bird regulations before planning your hunt and prior to entering the field to ensure compliance to all regulations. Upland Game Bird Regulations are updated by FWP in mid-July each year.

Mountain Grouse
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