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Montana Turkey

Montana is home to the Merriam's sub-species of turkey. The tail and lower back feathers of the Merriam's turkey have white tips and the bird's overall color has purple and bronze reflections.

Merriam's turkey prefer open ponderosa pine forest in rugged terrain, interspersed with grassland and brushy draws, and feed on insects, bearberry, snowberry and skunkbrush sumac fruits, and grass leaves and stems. Turkeys regularly roost in trees, and fly better than most people are aware.

Turkey are considered an Upland Bird species in Montana. You must possess an Upland Bird hunting license in order to purchase a turkey license. There are two turkey seasons in Montana. The General Fall Season runs Sept 01 - Jan 01, during which time you may harvest 2 wild turkeys, either-sex, however the limit of the spring and fall season cannot exceed two turkeys per hunter.

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. Applicants may apply for only one fall special turkey permit and in only one area of the state, and must apply by July 26th. If you subscribe to our services you won't need to keep track of this date or fill out the application form and mail it in each year. We also send updates any time there are changes that may affect your upcoming hunt. Subscribe today to take advantage of these services.


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

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