Name Flathead Indian Reservation Bird Hunting Regulations
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FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION

PHEASANTS, GRAY PARTRIDGE AND MIGRATORY WATERFOWL

2016-17 HUNTING SEASONS, SHOOTING HOURS AND LIMITS

Upland Game Birds

Gray Partridge

Hunting Season: September 1, 2016 through January 1, 2017

Shooting Hours: Legal sunrise through legal sunset of each day within the listed hunting season

Daily Bag Limit: 8 gray partridge

Possession Limit: 32 partridge in possession after the fourth day of the hunting season

Pheasant

Hunting Season: October 8, 2016 through January 1, 2017

Shooting Hours: Legal sunrise through legal sunset of each day within the listed hunting season

Daily Bag Limit: 3 male pheasants

Possession Limit: 9 male pheasants in possession after the third day of the hunting season

Special Youth Pheasant and Waterfowl Hunting Days

Special Youth Pheasant and Waterfowl Hunting Days are scheduled for September 24-25, 2016 to encourage youth participation in pheasant and waterfowl hunting and conservation. Legally licensed hunters 12-15 years of age may hunt pheasants and legally huntable species of ducks, mergansers and geese on these dates. Youth hunters must be accompanied in the field by a non-hunting adult at least 18 years of age. The adult may not hunt pheasants or the species listed on these days, but may participate in other open hunting seasons. Bag and possession limits, shooting hours, hunter education requirements and all other applicable regulations that apply during the regular hunting seasons shall apply.

Migratory Waterfowl

Ducks, Mergansers and Coots

Hunting Season: October 1, 2016 through January 8, 2017 and January 14, 2017 through January 18, 2017. A split season closure of all waterfowl hunting from January 9, 2017 through January 13, 2017 will also be in effect.

The hunting season for scaup is October 1, 2016 through December 25, 2016.

Shooting Hours: Legal sunrise through legal sunset of each day from October 1, 2016, through January 1, 2017 and one-half hour before legal sunrise through legal sunset of each day from January 2, 2017 through January 18, 2017 of the days of open season noted above.

Daily Bag Limit: 7 ducks and/or mergansers and shall not include more than 2 female mallards, 2 pintails, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks and 3 scaup. The daily and possession limit for coots is 25.

Geese

Hunting Season: October 1, 2016 through January 8, 2017 and January 14, 2017 through January 18, 2017. A split season closure of all waterfowl hunting from January 9, 2017 through January 13, 2017 will also be in effect.

Shooting Hours: Legal sunrise through legal sunset of each day from October 1, 2016, through January 1, 2017 and one-half hour before legal sunrise through legal sunset of each day from January 2, 2017 through January 18, 2017 of the days of open season noted above.

Daily Bag Limit: 4 dark geese (Canada geese) and 20 light geese (snow, blue, Ross’)

Possession Limit: The possession limit for geese may not exceed three times the daily bag limit.

Possession limit: The limit of ducks and mergansers may not exceed three times the daily bag limit.

Species Closed to Hunting on the Flathead Indian Reservation

Taking of migratory birds is regulated by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Pheasants, gray partridge and migratory waterfowl (ducks, mergansers, geese and coots) are the only species which can be legally taken. Taking of trumpeter swans, tundra swans, harlequin ducks, common loons, sandhill cranes, wild turkeys, doves, white-tailed ptarmigan and all species of grouse is prohibited on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Legal Age for Hunters

No bird hunting stamp shall be issued to a non-member under the age of eighteen (18) years of age unless he or she presents to the Permit seller a certificate of hunter competency used by an approved hunter safety course.

Non-members under the age of fifteen (15) years who are hunting or otherwise have firearms in their possession must be accompanied by a responsible, permitted adult.

Hunters 16 years of age or older must also have federal migratory bird stamps in their possession while hunting migratory waterfowl (ducks, mergansers, and geese) and coots.

Legal Means of Taking, Firearms and Ammunition

For all permitted upland and migratory waterfowl species only shotguns not larger than 10 gauge incapable of holding more than three shells are considered legal firearms. Only federally-approved non-toxic shotshell shot types legal for use in shotguns for migratory bird and upland gamebird hunting on the Reservation are allowed. Lead shot is prohibited for hunting pheasants, gray partridge, and migratory waterfowl. Only federally–approved non-toxic shot, including steel, bismuth-tin, tungsten-bronze, tungsten-iron, tungsten-matrix, tungsten-nickel-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-tin-bismuth and tungsten-tin-iron, and tungsten-iron-copper is legal for use on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Hunting gray partridges, pheasants and migratory waterfowl in which hunting involves bait is prohibited. However, use of artificial decoys to hunt migratory waterfowl shall not be deemed a taking involving bait. Leaving artificial floating decoys (with line connection) unattended is prohibited.

Use of electronic calls for bird hunting is prohibited.

Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, are conducting a Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Project on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Trumpeter swans are the largest species of waterfowl, with a wingspan of up to seven feet. Hunters may encounter trumpeter swans in the field. Some, but not all, trumpeter swans in this project are fitted with a red neck collar and a red leg band, each with a white alpha-numeric code for identification of the individual swan. Hunters are reminded that no harvest of any swans of any species is allowed on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Hunters are also requested to report any observations of marked swans, including neckband identification numbers if possible, to the Tribal Wildlife Management Program at (406) 883-2888. The cooperation of hunters in this project is greatly appreciated.

BE BEAR AWARE!!!

Grizzly and black bears inhabit the Mission Valley, especially the areas east of U. S. Highway 93. Bears are also occasionally observed in areas adjacent to Ninepipe and Kicking Horse Reservoirs. Bears generally use heavy cover along streams and wetlands, but may also be found in open fields and shrub thickets. Hunters should be cautious when entering dense cover that limits visibility to avoid surprising a bear. If a bear, bear tracks or bear sign is observed, please report the observation to the Tribal Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office at (406) 675-2700 or (406) 675-4700, or the Ninepipe Wildlife Management Area at (406) 644-2510. To receive information on avoiding bear confrontations, please contact the Tribal Wildlife Management Program at (406) 883-2888.

Additional Applicable Bird Hunting Regulations

It is unlawful to shoot firearms from or across public roadways and/or public rights of way.

It is unlawful to discharge a firearm while hunting within 150 yards of a residence.

The use of a motor or engine propelled boat or watercraft to hunt waterfowl is lawful only when all motion caused by such motor or engine as ceased. A boat motor may be no larger than 15 horse power except on Flathead Lake upstream from Kerr Dam.

All game birds taken on Reservation lands shall be field dressed in such a manner as to retain at least one fully feathered wing and one foot attached to the body.

Hunter Check Stations

Hunters must stop at established check stations if a check station is on the hunter’s route of travel. Your cooperation in this information retrieval process will aid in enhancing resource management practices.

Areas Closed to Hunting

The National Bison Range, Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge and Pablo National Wildlife Refuge are closed to hunting.

An annual fall bird hunting closure of Tribal lands in the Millie’s Woods area is in effect from September 1st to December 1st of each year.

Hunters are expected to determine ownership of lands where they hunt prior to doing so and to obtain permission from applicable landowners prior to hunting.

LEGAL SUNRISE AND SUNSET SHOOTING TIMES

FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION

2016 - 2017 BIRD HUNTING SEASONS

Tom Roster’s 2016 Nontoxic Shot Lethality Table

Tom Roster’s 2016 Nontoxic Shot Lethality Table is provided to assist bird hunters in selecting proven nontoxic loads for waterfowl and upland gamebirds. Recommendations are based upon Mr. Roster’s extensive research on the use of appropriate loads for selected species of waterfowl and upland gamebirds. His research and results are widely recognized by wildlife managers and hunters as the authoritative source on the subject.

Land Ownership in the Ninepipe-Kicking Horse Area

 

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