Montana Turkey Hunters Must Apply by July 31st

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Hunters planning to pursue wild turkeys in western Montana this fall must apply for a special permit by July 31.

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will consider final fall turkey permit quotas at its July 17 meeting in Kalispell.

Prospective fall turkey hunters interested in these permits must apply by mail using an official application, at a regional office, or online. Mail-in applications, which can be found on FWP's website, must be received by 5 p.m. on July 31. Paper applications are available at fwp.mt.gov on the Hunting Page under Licenses and Permit then Paper Applications. Online applications are available at fwp.mt.gov under Online Services and must be completed by 11:45 p.m. on July 31.

Here are the proposed limited permit areas, season dates, and mail-in application information for each region:

Western Montana-Region 2: Sept. 1-Jan. 1, 2009

  • Bitterroot Valley Area—300 permits
  • Mineral County Area—25 permits
  • Missoula County Area—50 permits

Southwestern Montana-Region 3: Sept. 1-Jan. 1, 2009

  • Lewis & Clark/Broadwater County Area—25 permits; and two youth permits
  • Gallatin/Madison County Area—10 permits and two youth permits
  • Upper Missouri Area—20 permits and two youth permits
  • Park County—30 permits and two youth permits.

Send application and $5 fee to: License Section-Fall Turkey Drawing, Montana FWP, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT, 59620-0701.

All turkey permit applicants must use an official FWP application form. Applicants must have a 2008 Conservation License and ALS number and they must pay $5 for the non-refundable drawing fee. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and will be required to purchase a valid fall turkey license before hunting.