Sandhill Crane Seasons & Regulations
Sandhill Crane Application Deadline: August 17, 2022
Deadline for all special permit sandhill crane hunts is August 17, 2022 before 5 p.m. MDT. No more than four persons may apply per application and no more than two persons may apply per youth-only hunt application.
Migratory Game Bird Species Include:
White-winged and mourning doves, American coot, band-tailed pigeon, gallinules, snipe, ducks, geese, sandhill crane, sora and Virginia rail. Hunting swans in New Mexico is not allowed.
Game Hunting Licenses
Licenses and permits can be purchased online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us or call: 1-888-248-6866. Licenses and permits may also be purchased over the counter (OTC) at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) offices or at local vendors.
Print Your Own Licenses and Permits
NMDGF game-hunting licenses, Eastern sandhill crane permits, light goose conservation order permits and band-tailed pigeon permits are available online and may be printed on standard paper. Licenses and permits will no longer be mailed unless requested by telephone: 1-888-248-6866.
Information Center Assistance: 1-888-248-6866 The NMDGF Information Center is open year-round Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (except holidays) to answer questions and assist with license issues or harvest reports.
Eastern Hunt (Eastern)
Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Eddy, Lea, Quay and Roosevelt counties: All Eastern sandhill crane hunters must possess an appropriate license (page 6), plus a free Regular Season sandhill crane permit (page 17). There is no deadline to apply. Permits are available online and at all license vendors.
Southwest Hunt (SW)
Parts of Sierra, Doña Ana, Luna, Grant and Hidalgo counties: Bounded on the south by the New Mexico/Mexico border; Bounded on the west by the New Mexico / Arizona border north to I-10; Bounded on the north by I-10 east to US 180, north to NM 26, east to NM 27, north to NM 152 and east to I- 25; Bounded on the east by I-25 south to I-10, west to the Luna county line and south to the New Mexico/Mexico border.
Hunters who draw Southwest Crane Permits must return the Harvest Questionnaire and Bill Measurement Card to NMDGF no later than five days after hunting.
Estancia Valley Hunt (EV)
Portions of Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Torrance counties: Bounded on the west by NM 55 starting at Mountainair and north to NM 337, north to NM 14 and north to I-25; Bounded on the north by I-25 east to US 285; Bounded on the east by US 285 south to US 60; Bounded on the south by US 60 from US 285 west to NM 55 at Mountainair. Hunters who draw Special Estancia Valley Crane Permits must return the Harvest Questionnaire and Bill Measurement Card to NMDGF no later than five days after hunting.
Middle Rio Grande Valley (MRGV) Hunts and Resident Youth-only Hunt Hunters who draw Special MRGV Crane Permits must: 1) Check all cranes harvested at the designated check station; and 2) Return the Harvest Questionnaire to NMDGF no later than five days after hunting. Sandhill crane check station dates in the Middle Rio Grande Valley: Nov. 13–14; Nov. 27–28; Dec. 11–12; Jan. 8–9, 2022; Jan. 15–16 2022. Harvest Questionnaires and hunt letters are available online:
Regular draw hunts: Valencia and Socorro counties only. Bernardo, La Joya and Casa Colorada WMAs are closed to crane hunting during regular draw hunts.
Resident Youth-only Hunt: Youth hunters will be assigned to hunt on either Bernardo or Casa Colorada WMAs.
Sandhill Crane Hunts
Bag limit is 3 per day and 6 in possession. Up to four hunters may apply per application.
Hunt Area - Hunt Code - Season Dates - Number of Permits
Eastern Hunt N/A Oct. 29–Jan. 29, 2023 . . . .Unlimited
Estancia Valley Hunt SCR-0-101 Oct. 29–Nov. 1 and Nov. 3–6. . . . . . . . . 65
MRGV Hunts SCR-0-102 Nov. 12–13 . . . . . . . . . . 75
SCR-0-103 Nov. 26–27. . . . . . . . . . . 70
SCR-0-104 Dec. 10–11 . . . . . . . . . . . 70
SCR-0-105 Jan. 7–8, ‘23 . . . . . . . . . . 65
SCR-0-106 Jan. 14–15, ‘23 . . . . . . . . . 65
Southwestern SCR-0-108 Oct. 29–Nov. 6 . . . . . . . . 70
SCR-0-109 Jan. 7–8, ‘23 . . . . . . . . . . 60
Youth Sandhill Crane Hunt (residents only)
Bag and possession limits are 3. Up to two hunters may apply per application.
MRGV Youth-only . SCR-0-107 . . . .Nov. 19. . . . . . . . . . . . . 24