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North Dakota

Hunting

Sandhill Crane Seasons & Regulations

SeasonHunting UnitsOpensClosesSeason Dates Status
RegularUnit 209/18/202111/14/2021Finalized
RegularUnit 109/18/202111/14/2021Finalized

License Requirements

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Harvest Information Program registration
  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Small Game License (Not required of residents under age 16) and General Game and Habitat License
    or
    Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Sandhill Crane Permit

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Harvest Information Program registration
  • Fishing, Hunting, Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Valid Nonresident Small Game License (good for two 7-day periods or one 14-day period) or a Valid Nonresident Waterfowl License
  • Sandhill Crane Permit

Regulations

Species Specific Regulations - Unit 1

Daily Limit3
Possession Limit9
Open AreaThat portion of North Dakota west of U.S. Highway 281.
Shooting Hours30 minutes before sunrise to 2 p.m. each day through end of season.

Species Specific Regulations - Unit 2

Daily Limit2
Possession Limit6
Open AreaThat portion of North Dakota east of U.S. Highway 281.
Shooting Hours30 minutes before sunrise to 2 p.m. each day through end of season.


A hunter may take up to 3 cranes in one day, provided all 3 birds are taken from Unit 1, or no more than 2 birds are taken from Unit 2. Nonresident sandhill crane hunters must possess either a small game license or a waterfowl license. Nonresident sandhill crane permits are valid for use within the dates and zones of nonresident waterfowl or small game licenses selected during purchase. Sandhill cranes may be taken from a fl oating craft, excluding a sink box, if such a craft is beached, or fastened within or tied immediately alongside any type of fi xed hunting blind, or from such craft resting at anchor.

Additional Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations

WARNING – Know your crane species BEFORE you hunt. Endangered whooping cranes occasionally fl y with sandhill cranes. Adult whoopers are snow white and young whoopers are white with some rusty brown feathers; black wing tips show on both. If you see a whooping crane, contact a Game and Fish offi cial or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Whooping identification graphic