CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
September 2, 2010
By Ed Mitchell, IDFG
The first shotgun hunting seasons of the fall are coming right up.
Mourning dove and sandhill crane seasons began Sept. 1. A $1.75 federal migratory game bird harvest validation on hunting licenses is required for both birds. Sandhill crane hunters also need a $15 tag per bird. Shotguns incapable of holding more than three shells are required for dove or crane hunting. Nontoxic shot is not required.
Sandhill crane hunting was formerly by controlled hunt but, because of low participation, has gone to an over-the-counter tag hunt with a limit on tags sold in each of five hunt areas. All sandhill hunting areas are located in southeastern counties in the Upper Snake and Southeast Regions.
For hunt boundaries and other information specific to cranes, hunters should consult the current season flyer available at vendors or Fish and Game offices or on the Fish and Game website http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/rules/ug/10crane.pdf
Legal shooting hours for cranes and doves are listed in the current upland game bird rules brochure.
Dove season is unchanged from
previous years, running from Sept. 1-30 with a daily limit of 10 and possession
limit of 20. Dove hunters should note page 17 of the upland game rules book that
explains the rule on Eurasian-collared doves. The recent arrivals to
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