Hi, my name is Gary Loper and this page is dedicated to providing you with most of the specific information about hunting Sandhill cranes with me here in North Dakota
Hunting location- My hunts for cranes are primarily south and west of the Minot area. However, I have hunted for them as far east as the town of Drake. Season dates- Tentatively, for the fall of 2002 the crane season opener should be 21 Sep Note: Shooting hrs are from 1/2 hr before sunrise to either 1 or 2pm based upon std or savings time. Best time for success- Beginning in late September, with mid-Oct being the peak of migration. How many birds can a person shoot? The limits for 2001 were 3/day with 6/possesion. The limits should be the same for 2002. Suggested gun/ammo for cranes- Any gun capable of shooting 1-1/8 oz of BB or larger steel shot or similiar non-toxic shot. Hunting methods used for cranes- I prefer field hunting over decoys for cranes. September hunts will be over 24-48 decoys with the occasional pass-shooting hunt if we can establish their flightpaths from roost to feed. Hunts in October coincide with goose season and hunts occasionally result in a mixed bag.
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