Sandhill crane, swan application deadline is July 23
By angelamontana

Posted: July 20, 2021
Waterfowl and webless migratory bird hunting regulations available online

HELENA – Applications are due July 23 for Montana licenses to hunt sandhill cranes and swans this coming fall.

This year, no paper applications for sandhill crane or swan hunting licenses will be accepted by mail. Hunters must submit their applications online at and follow links under the “hunting” tab or over the counter at FWP offices.

Special sandhill crane hunting districts that require applications for licenses are mostly in the Pacific Flyway of western Montana, where the season runs from Sept. 1 through Oct. 30. In the eastern part of the state, sandhill crane licenses are available for purchase over the counter and the season will run from Oct. 2 through Nov. 28.

Swan hunters may apply for either the Pacific Flyway or Central Flyway, but not both.

Regulations for all waterfowl and webless migratory bird hunting seasons are available on the FWP website.


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