Hunters may apply for controlled hunts for sandhill cranes from June 15 through July 15.
All hunting for sandhill cranes is by controlled hunt. Idaho will offer 550 permits this year, the same as in the 2000 season. Federal waterfowl authorities have authorized an Idaho harvest of 273 cranes for this year.
Because harvest goals have not been met in previous seasons, hunters who are drawn in the controlled hunt will be allowed to purchase up to nine permits and tags this year. The first tag will be obtained through the standard drawing and the other eight made available at any vendor as a leftover tag. The cost per permit is $14.50.
Five consecutive hunts are set in the southeast region between September 1 and September 15. Hunts are structured to offer more permits in early hunts. All hunts include at least one weekend or Labor Day. The Ashton hunt area was expanded this year to deal with a new depredation problem.
Sandhill crane hunting was instituted in Idaho in an attempt to deal with crop damage in parts of eastern Idaho.