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FWP collecting upland game bird wings in southwest Montana

Bozeman, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists this fall will be collecting wings from hunter-harvested sage-grouse, mountain grouse and Hungarian partridge across southern portions of Region 3.

Biologists will use these wings to identify birds by species and age class—juvenile or adult. This helps biologists monitor juvenile recruitment among upland game bird populations.

Wing collection barrels will be placed in the following locations during the sage-grouse hunting season:

Hook and Horn Mercantile, Wisdom
Sportsmen’s Campground along the Big Hole River, Montana Hwy. 43
Blue Moon Saloon, Divide
Mill Creek Highway at the check station site, three miles southeast of Anaconda
FWP’s office in Dillon
The intersection of Big Sheep and Muddy Creek roads
The intersection of Medicine Lodge and Horse Prairie Creek roads
Snowline Block Management Area’s sign-in box
The intersection of the Ruby River and Sweetwater roads
The Upper Sweetwater Basin Block Management Area sign-in box
The intersection of Blacktail Deer Creek and Rock Creek roads
Lima Reservoir Dam
The east side of Monida Hill along the South Centennial Road
Near the mouth of Sage Creek
Along the High Road west of Twin Bridges

If hunters intercept a wing collection barrel while traveling from a hunt, please put only one wing from each harvested bird into the barrel. Wings can also be turned into area wildlife biologists or game wardens.

For more information, contact wildlife biologists Dean Waltee (Sheridan), Craig Fager (Dillon) or Vanna Boccadori (Butte) by calling 406-994-4042.