Sandhill Crane Bag and Possession Limits

Sandhill Cranes MAY be taken with lead shot. However, Wildlife Management Areas and Federal Wildlife Refuges have special regulations requiring nontoxic shot for ALL game bird hunting, including Sandhill Cranes.

Limits by Zone

Zone A

Daily Bag Limit:
Three
Possession Limit:
3 times the daily bag limit

Zone B

Daily Bag Limit:
Three
Possession Limit:
3 times the daily bag limit

Zone C

Daily Bag Limit:
Two
Possession Limit:
3 times the daily bag limit

Federal Sandhill Crane Hunting Permit

A Federal Sandhill Crane Hunting Permit is required to hunt Sandhill Cranes, in addition to a valid Texas hunting license, Texas Migratory Game Bird Endorsement, and HIP Certification. The Federal Sandhill Crane Hunting Permit can be obtained in person ONLY at TPWD Law Enforcement offices (see pg. 18 of the Outdoor Annual) and TPWD headquarters in Austin, but also is available by phone at (800) 792-1112 (Option 7, menu 7) or (512) 389-4820, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or through Online Sales. For phone and online orders, a transaction receipt will be issued in lieu of a permit. A $5 administrative fee will be charged for online orders. Permittees should keep a record of hunting activities because 26% of crane hunters are chosen for a federal harvest survey.

Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp

A Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp ("Duck Stamp") is NOT required to hunt Sandhill Cranes.


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