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Montana Sharp-tailed Grouse

Sharp-tailed Grouse sexes are similar, although males have inconspicuous yellow eye combs and pale violet air sacs on the neck. Both sexes have feathered legs and upper parts mottled with white, buff, brown, and black. The wings have conspicuous white spots, and the breast and flanks have V-shaped brown markings on a snow-white background. Their habitat is primarily grasslands interspersed with shrub and brush-filled coulees. They prefer stands of inter-mixed tree and shrub grasslands.

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. Sharp-tailed Grouse may be taken by shotgun not larger than a ten guage, or by bow. The general sharp-tailed grouse season dates are Sept 01 through Jan 01, but are closed west of the Continental Divide. There is a bag limit of two birds per day. The possession limit is four 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.

Sharp-tailed Grouse
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