State biologists are looking to collect upland bird wings from across southwestern Montana this fall.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced Thursday that there will be wing collection barrels set up at 14 different locations southwest of Bozeman.

Biologists are looking for a single wing from sage grouse, mountain grouse and Hungarian partridge that have been taken by hunters. They’ll use the wings to identify the species and age class of the birds, FWP’s release said. The data will help them monitor juvenile recruitment in upland populations.

If hunters come upon a wing collection barrel while leaving a hunt, FWP’s asking they put one wing from each harvested bird in the barrel.

The barrels will be at the following locations:

n Hook and Horn Mercantile, Wisdom

n Sportsmen’s Campground along the Big Hole River, Montana Highway 43

n Blue Moon Saloon, Divide

n Mill Creek Highway at the check station site, three miles southeast of Anaconda

n FWP’s office in Dillon

n The intersection of Big Sheep and Muddy Creek roads

n The intersection of Medicine Lodge and Horse Prairie Creek roads

n Snowline Block Management Area’s sign-in box

n The intersection of the Ruby River and Sweetwater roads

n The Upper Sweetwater Basin Block Management Area sign-in box

n The intersection of Blacktail Deer Creek and Rock Creek roads

n Lima Reservoir Dam

n The east side of Monida Hill along the South Centennial Road

n Near the mouth of Sage Creek

n Along the High Road west of Twin Bridges

The bins will be out for all of sage grouse season, which starts Sept. 1, and runs until Sept. 30. The season for mountain grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge begins Sept. 1, and runs until Jan. 1.

Michael Wright can be reached at or at 406-582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1.

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