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Hunt Species Guide: Sandhill Crane

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Regulations & Maps

Regulations for upcoming seasons are posted online throughout the year. Waterfowl, Sandhill Crane, Mourning Dove & Snipe regulations are typically posted mid June.


All downloads below are in PDF format.


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These dates are provided only as a general reference. Check current regulations or use FWP's online Hunt Planner for specific dates.

2020 Sandhill Crane Season Dates

Over the Counter

For mid-continent Sandhill Crane populations

October 3 – November 29

Special Permits

For Rocky Mountain Sandhill Crane populations

September 1 – October 30

Licenses & Fees

Sandhill Crane

Details: See Migratory Bird regulations for details


  • Resident: $5*

  • Nonresident: $5*

*Cost includes $5 nonrefundable drawing fee


Sandhill Crane — Central Flyway Only

Details: See Migratory Bird regulations for details


  • Resident: $0

  • Nonresident: $0

Application & Drawing Deadlines

Sandhill Crane


July 24


This license is available via Special Drawing.


Sandhill Crane — Central Flyway Only


This license is available Over the Counter.


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