Montana's Spring Turkey Hunting Season Coming Soon
Montana –-(AmmoLand.com)- Montana’s spring turkey gobbler season opens April 10thand ends May 16, 2010.
Licenses are available from all Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) offices, on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov and from FWP license providers across the state.
The 2010 Spring Turkey regulations with details on turkey hunting in the general and special permit hunting areas are available online and at FWP regional offices and FWP license providers beginning in mid March. Internet users should find the FWP homepage, locate the Hunting tab and the drop down menu to Regulations, click and scroll down to spring turkey regulations.
Hunters should remember when transporting a spring turkey within the state of Montana, one leg and foot must be left naturally attached for evidence of sex.
Hunters in FWP, Region 7 can purchase up to two turkey licenses per year, which are valid during the spring and/or fall seasons. In the spring, hunters can only harvest gobblers (males). Any turkey license not used during the spring season can be used in the fall beginning September 1st and are valid for gobblers or hens.
Reports from some landowners seem to indicate that resident turkey populations may be lower than previous years. Wildlife biologist, Don Sasse from the Ashland Ranger District suggests that several locations within the Custer National Forest that previously held healthy resident turkey populations may not support many turkeys this spring. Several ranchers living in or adjacent to the national forest who normally feed and overwinter populations of resident wild turkeys have not seen many turkeys this winter. These birds typically scatter throughout the national forest once spring conditions occur.