North Dakota's sandhill crane season opens  Sept. 16  and runs through  Nov. 12. Limits are three daily and nine in possession in unit 1 (west of U.S. Highway 281), and two daily and six in possession in unit 2 (east of U.S. Highway 281). Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to  1 p.m.  each day through  Nov. 4. BeginningNov. 5, [...]

North Dakota's sandhill crane season opens  Sept. 16  and runs through  Nov. 12.

Limits are three daily and nine in possession in unit 1 (west of U.S. Highway 281), and two daily and six in possession in unit 2 (east of U.S. Highway 281). Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to  1 p.m.  each day through  Nov. 4. BeginningNov. 5, shooting hours are extended until  2 p.m.  each day.

Hunters are urged to use caution and identify birds to prevent shooting at whooping cranes as they begin their fall migration.

In addition to other licenses required, resident hunters need a $10 crane permit, while nonresidents need a $30 permit. Hunters can  buy a license online  at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website,  gf.nd.gov. Harvest Information Program certification is required.  To get HIP certified, access the Department's website, or call888-634-4798.