New law allows recovery of bighorn skulls, horns

May 9, 2019

With the passage of Senate Bill 344 into law, it is now legal to pick up and possess the skulls and horns of bighorn sheep that died of natural causes. Those who recover horns and/or skulls must report the find to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks within 48 hours and present it to FWP for inspection and plugging within 10 days. The fee for inspection and plugging is 30,000 in restitution, imprisonment, or both, and the potential forfeiture of any current Montana hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and the privilege thereof for a period of time set by the court.

As a reminder, Montana’s Wildlife Management Units open May 15; please remember that Montana law prohibits the capture, feeding, possession and harassment of wildlife-both game and nongame species.