Sandhill Crane Regulations in Eastern Idaho
Sandhill crane hunting in eastern Idaho is subject to specific regulations to manage the population and mitigate crop damage. The daily bag limit is set at 2, with a corresponding season limit of 2. It's imperative to adhere to the guidelines to ensure sustainable hunting practices.
Hunters must use a shotgun capable of carrying no more than 3 shells during sandhill crane hunts. This restriction is in place to maintain safety and ethical hunting practices. Compliance with this requirement is mandatory.
The use of nontoxic shots is not mandatory for sandhill crane hunting. However, it is recommended for environmental reasons. Hunters have the flexibility to choose their ammunition, keeping in mind the impact on the ecosystem.
To participate in sandhill crane hunting, hunters must obtain a Sandhill Crane Tag. These tags are available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 AM MDT on August 1. Additionally, a Migratory Bird (HIP) Permit is required, but only for the first tag purchased. A Federal Migratory Bird (Duck) Stamp is not mandatory for sandhill crane hunting.
The hunting season spans from September 1 to 15, September 16 to 30, or September 1 to 30, 2022, depending on the tag type acquired. Hunters must be aware of these dates to ensure compliance with the regulations in place.
Shot Size Restriction
Hunters are prohibited from using shots larger than two-tenths (0.2 inches) in diameter (size T) when taking the sandhill crane. This restriction aims to minimize the impact on the birds and promote ethical hunting practices.