Press Release

Mourning dove, sandhill crane, and early goose seasons open Sept. 1

The 2016 mourning dove, sandhill crane, and early Canada goose seasons open Thursday, September 1.

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The mourning dove season runs through October 30, with a daily bag limit of 15 and a possession limit of 45.

Eurasian collared-doves are an introduced species that have expanded their range into Idaho. Eurasian collared-doves harvested while dove hunting, should be left unplucked so they can be distinguished from mourning doves. They will not count as part of the aggregate bag limit of mourning doves as long as they are identifiable. There is no daily bag or possession limit for Eurasian collared-doves.

Sandhill crane season runs through September 15 in all five hunt areas, with seasons extending to September 30 in three hunt areas.  The daily limit is two birds for all hunts, and the season limit is two birds for each hunter.

The early Canada goose hunt will run through September 15 in Bear Lake and Caribou counties, and that portion of Bingham County within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage.   The daily bag limit is five and the possession limit is 15 during this time period. 

Hunters can now find seasons and rules for waterfowl, sandhill crane, dove and crow in the 2016-2017 Migratory Game Bird Seasons and Rules brochure, as well as license requirements, shooting hours, and hunt area descriptions.  The brochures are available at Fish and Game's offices, license vendors, and online at