Upland Bird and Small Game Seasons Opening Soon

Upland Bird and Small Game Seasons Opening Soon

Opening day for hunting mourning doves, sharp-tailed grouse, blue grouse, ruffed grouse, and small game is set for September 1st, 2013.

Bird hunters will have success finding doves if the weather stays warm into September. The limit is 15 per day, 30 in possession. The season runs through November 9th, but most doves will have migrated south before then.

Mourning dove hunters need to have the federal Harvest Information Program or HIP permit in their possession while hunting. The permit is available on the Game and Fish website. (http://gf.state.wy.us).

The “mountain” or blue and ruffed grouse hunting season runs from September 1st through November 30. The limit of blue and ruffed grouse in combination is three daily and nine in possession.

Sharp-tailed grouse season opens September 1st and closes December 31st. with a daily limit of three and a possession limit of nine. The sage-grouse season opens September 21st in Area 4 in northeast Wyoming and closes September 23rd . Sage grouse hunters can harvest two birds per day and be in possession of four.

Chukar and gray partridge (Huns) can be hunted from October 1st through January 31st , 2014.
Chukar and gray partridge have separate limits for each species. For each bird a hunter can harvest a daily limit of five and possess 15.

Fall wild turkey season opens October 1st in northeast Wyoming with the exception of Area 1 (the Black Hills) where the opening date is November 1st .
Hunters can buy a “general turkey” license for Areas 1, 3, and 11. There are 250 limited quota Area 3 fall turkey licenses available for those that would like an opportunity to harvest an additional turkey.
Snowshoe hare, cottontail rabbit, and red, fox and gray squirrel seasons open September 1st and run through March 1, 2014.
Hunters are reminded that they will need to purchase a 2014 license for small and upland game bird seasons that run into 2014.

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