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Sandhill Crane Seasons & Areas

Sandhill Crane Seasons and Limits

DAILY BAG LIMIT: 2 | SEASON LIMIT: 2

  • Shotgun capable of carrying no more than 3 shells—

    REQUIRED

  • Nontoxic Shot—NOT REQUIRED

Sandhill crane hunting occurs in eastern Idaho. One of the purposes of these hunts is to help reduce crop damage.

Tags will be available for purchase at 10AM MDT on August 1, first-come, first-served.

• September 1–15, September 16–30, or September 1–30, 2022 depending on tag type.
• Sandhill Crane Tag—REQUIRED
• Migratory Bird (HIP) Permit—REQUIRED WITH FIRST TAG ONLY
• Federal Migratory Bird (Duck) Stamp—NOT REQUIRED
• Shotgun capable of carrying no more than 3 shells—REQUIRED
• Nontoxic Shot—NOT REQUIRED
• Shot Size: No person shall take sandhill crane while in possession of shot larger than two tenths (0.2 inches) in diameter (size T).

Tagging

Immediately after any sandhill crane is harvested, the tag must be validated and securely attached. The tag must remain attached so long as the sandhill crane is in transit or storage.

Know Your Crane!

Please note the age of the crane you harvested. This data is important for crane harvest management.

An adult sandhill crane stands nearly four feet tall. Grayish plumage is accented by a featherless red head
patch. Juveniles have tannish brown heads with no red.

h no red.

AREA 1

Includes all of Bear Lake County and all of Caribou County, except that portion lying within the Grays Lake Basin.

AREA 2

Includes all of Teton County, except that portion lying west of state Highway 33 and south of Packsaddle Road (West 400 North) and north of the North Cedron Road (West 600 South) and east of the west bank of the Teton River.

AREA 3

Includes all of Fremont County, except the Chester Wetlands Wildlife Management Area.

AREA 4

Includes all of Jefferson County, except that portion beginning at the 1400 E/1750 N intersection, then west following the Mud Lake WMA boundary to the 1100 E/WMA Sparks Canal Road, then north and east following the Sparks Canal Road to the WMA North Bluff Road intersection, then east following the North Bluff Road to the WMA Lower Lake Road, then drawing a straight line south to the beginning point of 1750 N/1400 E intersection.

AREA 5

Includes Bannock County east of Interstate–15 and south of U.S. Highway 30; and all of Franklin County.

AREA 6

Includes that portion of Oneida County within the following boundary: beginning at the Idaho/Utah border on Old Highway 191, then north along Old Highway 191, then west on 1500 S, then west on Highway 38 to 5400 S, then south to Pocatello Valley Road, then west and south on Pocatello Valley Road to 10000 W, then south on 10000 W to the Utah/Idaho border, then east to the beginning point.

    Sandhill Crane Seasons, Limits and Tags

    Hunt Area

    Season

    Tags

    1-Bear Lake

    September 1–30

    330

    2-Teton

    September 1–15

    50

    3-Fremont

    September 1–15

    48

    September 16–30

    48

    4-Jefferson

    September 1–15

    30

    September 16–30

    30

    5-Swan Lake

    September 1–30

    50

    6-Malad

    September 1–30

    50

    Note: Daily limit is 2 for all hunts. The season limit is 2 cranes.