Weird Montana Laws

Ladies? Ever open your husband’s mail?  Wait, don’t answer!  The answer may tend to incriminate you.

Can you believe it is a felony, yes a felony, to open your husband’s mail if you reside in Montana? That’s right. I was reminded of this quirky law when I received the dentist bill with my name handwritten right next to my husband’s on the envelope. It’s a good thing too, because he has far more important things to do besides concern himself with how much it costs to examine my daughter’s crooked tooth.

Think that law is strange? There’s more! Here are a few Montana laws that I think are particularly unusual.

  • It is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to ever go fishing alone. I suppose that’s why they had so many dads at the Snappy’s Fishing Fair hogging their daughter’s fishing poles.
  • Seven or more Indians are considered a raid or war party and it is legal to shoot them.  My goodness, they’re the ones who helped Lewis and Clark survive grizzly country and find the Pacific Ocean. How ungrateful can you get?
  • It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.  Did you catch that?  It says “in the cab of your truck“. That’s the interior. It‘s not the bed where most people haul farm animals.  Forgive me, but the image of a redneck in a rusty old pickup, with his arm around a pretty little ewe, comes to mind.


M and snake

Gals in Montana can handle snakes, but they cannot fish alone.


Peculiar? Strange?  Yes, but here’s another one on the weird Montana law list but that I don’t find so funny.


    • One may not pretend to abuse an animal in the presence of a minor.  Does this mean that it is okay if you’re not pretending? Is it acceptable if no minors are present? Perhaps someone can clear this up for me.



Just for the record, my daughter’s crooked tooth has since fallen out as we had hoped and she may not even need braces. Yippee!

And I wanted to give you an update on the opening of the Wal-Mart Supercenter.  It is tomorrow.  The old store is closing forever, tonight.  In the meantime, everything that is left is 30% off.   Kelly, you’re right.  The people of Wal-mart website is something else. Yikes!

So long for now.


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