Press Release

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

The 2017 mourning dove, sandhill crane, and early Canada goose seasons open Friday, September 1.

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. There is no daily bag or possession limit for Eurasian collared-doves. They will not count as part of the aggregate bag limit of mourning doves as long as they are identifiable.

Sandhill crane season runs through September 15 in all five hunt areas of eastern Idaho, 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 County, the portion of Bingham County within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; and Caribou County, except that portion within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. The daily bag limit is five and the possession limit is 15 during this time period.

Hunters can find seasons and rules for dove, sandhill crane, and Canada goose in the 2017-2018 Migratory Game Bird Seasons and Rules brochure, as well as license requirements, shooting hours, and hunt area descriptions. The brochure is available at Fish and Game's offices, license vendors, and online at

Mourning dove on tree branch
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