Commonly described as the “Big Game” of birds, the Sandhill crane is a highly distinctive migrant that annually populates the vast wetlands and grain fields throughout Manitoba. Their challenging pursuit, formidable size and sought after table qualities have afforded them a notable trademark and a dedicated following from the most fanatical waterfowlers. With an uncanny ability to spot something out of the ordinary and an intriguing appearance that reaches 4 feet in height and presents wing spans of 6 feet, the Sandhill offers one of the most intriguing waterfowl experiences in existence.
You wait patiently within the margins of an overgrown hedgerow. Your cover is flawless, your profile invisible. The unmistakable echo of the most peculiar call instantly breaks the silence. Drove after drove, flying giants cautiously approach your concealed position. The first wave is high, your mind is in doubt. The second wave veers left, something’s amiss. It’s a moment of indecision, a period of unknown’s. Senses are overrun by vibrating calls and sprawling wing spans. Unwavering flights persist in your direction. Their path is perfect, your presence is undetected, they’re just overhead, the plan has succeeded!
Sandhill Crane hunts are popular in areas of the Northern, Parkland and Western Region. Hunting season dates are during the months of September through November.
General Hunting Info
For more information on Game Bird Hunting Zones (GBHZ’s), season dates, resident, non-resident & foreign resident Migratory Game Bird licenses, or additional information on hunting in Manitoba, please visit the Agriculture and Resource Development website or refer to the current Manitoba Hunting Guide or the 2021 Spring Supplement Hunting Guide.