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Whooping Cranes & Sandhill Cranes

Whooping cranes are an endangered species that migratory bird hunters may encounter. The Department believes that hunting can continue when whooping cranes are present as long as hunters are aware and diligent in their responsibility to absolutely identify their quarry.

While standing next to one another, whooping cranes and sandhill cranes can be relatively easy to tell apart, as seen on this page. However, hunters should be especially careful during low light or backlit conditions as whooping cranes and sandhill cranes will both appear dark and can look similar. If you cannot positively identify the bird, don’t shoot!


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