Department of Fish and Wildlife
Applications being taken through Nov. 30 for sandhill crane hunt

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 17, 2015  
Contact Information:  1-800-858-1549  

FRANKFORT, Ky. Applications are being accepted through Nov. 30 for Kentucky’s 2015-16 sandhill crane hunting season. Applications are only accepted online at, the website of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will issue 400 permits to hunters this year through a randomized computer drawing. Applicants drawn for a hunt must pass an online identification test before they can receive a permit. Applicants must have a valid Kentucky hunting license or be license exempt when they apply. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife charges a $3 fee for each application.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will conduct the drawing on Dec. 2, with results made available to applicants online. Drawn hunters will receive a packet, including their season tags, in the mail soon after the drawing. However, drawn hunters must complete the online permit requirements, including the identification test, before hunting or they are not a legal hunter.

Sandhill crane season opens Dec. 12, 2015 and closes Jan. 10, 2016. The daily and season bag limit for each hunter is two birds. Hunters must telecheck their game the same day it is taken. The season will close earlier if hunters reach the quota limit of 400 birds.

Hunters participating in this season’s hunt must complete a post-season survey by Jan. 25, 2016. Those failing to do so forfeit their eligibility for next year’s season.

Kentucky’s season is statewide. However, sandhill cranes may not be hunted in the Beaver Creek, Skaggs Creek and Peters Creek embayments of Barren River Lake Wildlife Management Area.