Montana’s spring turkey gobbler season begins April 11.
Residents must have a 2009 conservation and upland game bird
license and nonresidents will need a conservation license to
purchase a turkey license. In addition to opportunities to hunt
male turkey in most of eastern Montana’s general turkey hunting
areas, spring male turkey permits are available through special
drawings in areas of western Montana. In northwest Montana, there
are four turkey hunting units:
- Flathead Valley Hunting Area : Spring turkey tags are sold over
the counter; no permit is required;
- Lincoln County Area : 400 spring male turkey permits;
- Portions of Western Sanders County Area: 400 spring male turkey
- Eastern Sanders County Area: 10 spring male turkey permits
Hunters interested in these special permits for Lincoln and
Sanders County should apply by March 12 before 5 p.m at the FWP
office in Kalispell. If mailed, the application must be received by
March 12. Applications can also be made online at fwp.mt.gov.
Applicants for special spring turkey permits may apply in
writing, or download the application from the FWP web site, and
send it to the Regional Office of the special permit area they
would like to hunt.
The written application must include name, address, ALS number,
indicate which area the application is for, and include a $5
nonrefundable drawing fee. Hunters must have the current 2009
conservation license. Hunters can send the information and $5 fee
to: FWP, 490 North Meridian Road, Kalispell, MT 59901. Hunters can
also stop in at the office on North Meridian Road to apply.
Details on spring turkey hunting in the general hunting areas
and special permit areas are available in the 2009 Spring Turkey
Hunting Regulations, found on the FWP website at http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/regulations.html