Foldin’ Fowl Outdoors:
Sandhill Crane Hunting in the Texas Panhandle

Welcome to the heart of sandhill crane hunting in West Texas!

The Texas Panhandle is renowned for offering one of the best sandhill crane hunting experiences in the country.
Dive into the exhilarating world of sandhill crane hunts, hosted by the expert guides of Foldin’ Fowl Outdoors.

Discover Sandhill Crane Hunting

Why the Texas Panhandle?

For those who have pondered where to hunt sandhill cranes, the Texas Panhandle remains an undisputed choice.

This region in West Texas not only boasts a dense population of these majestic game birds but also serves as a major wintering area for them. Its extensive cropland allows the birds to reside comfortably throughout the season, setting the stage for an unmatched sandhill crane hunt experience.

Foldin' Fowl Crane Hunt Package

All Packages Will Include:

   One professionally guided hunt per day
  Professionally trained hunting dog
  Decoys and blinds

Packages Do Not Include:

   Airfare and other travel
   Required state and federal licensing

Essentials for your Hunt

Know the Season

Before you book your hunt, it’s essential to be informed about the sandhill crane hunting season in West Texas.
Guided by regulations from the Fish and Wildlife Service, the
Texas sandhill crane season is a period full of promise.

Sandhill Crane Season in West Texas

Crane season in the Texas Panhandle typically falls between November and January.

Daily Bag Limit

3 per day / 3 times daily bag limit for possession.

Sandhill Crane Permit Texas

To hunt sandhill cranes in Texas, obtain a Federal Permit at TPWD offices, by phone, or online.

Hunt Responsibly

When embarking on your
sandhill crane hunting adventure in Texas, it’s essential to be knowledgeable about the birds you might encounter. Though we rarely see whooping cranes, distinguishing between them and sandhill cranes is vital. Whooping cranes are a protected species, and hunting them is illegal. Below are key features to help you correctly identify each bird:

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

- Color: Gray, with dark wingtips; may appear white in certain lights.
- Neck: Long, extended straight forward during flight.
- Wingspan: Approximately 5 feet.
- Legs: Extend beyond tail when flying.
- Wingbeat: Slow.
- Flock Size: Ranges from 2 to hundreds.

Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane

- Height: Stands nearly 5 feet tall, making it the tallest bird you’ll encounter.
- Color: Adult birds are primarily pure white with a distinct red patch on the head and a black “mustache”. Juveniles mix rusty feathers with white.
- Wings: Black-tipped primary feathers; black does not extend fully along the wing edge to the body.
- Wingspan: A staggering 7.5 feet.
- Flight Pattern: They fly with long necks and legs fully extended.
- Wingbeat: Slow and steady.
- Flock Size: Typically between 2 and 7.
- Migration: They sometimes migrate alongside sandhill cranes.

To protect these magnificent creatures, always ensure you’re targeting the right bird and rely on your expert guides to call the shot. If in doubt, it’s best to hold your fire.

Additional Offering & FAQs


Enhance Your Hunt

Supplement your hunting experience with our range of offerings:

    Opt for our
    sandhill crane guided hunts to make the most of your expedition.

    Expand your hunting range. After your sandhill crane hunt, try goose hunting in select regions.


What states can you hunt sandhill cranes?

The following states allow sandhill crane hunting: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

What is the sandhill crane limit in Texas?

The daily bag limit on sandhill cranes consists of three birds per person per day in Texas.

How to obtain a Texas sandhill crane permit online?

To hunt sandhill cranes in Texas, you’ll require a Federal Sandhill Crane Hunting Permit in addition to a valid Texas hunting license, Texas Migratory Game Bird Endorsement, and HIP Certification. The Federal Sandhill Crane Hunting Permit can only be obtained in person at TPWD Law Enforcement offices and TPWD headquarters in Austin. Alternatively, you can also secure your permit by phone at (800) 792-1112 or (512) 389-4820, available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or via Online Sales.

At Foldin’ Fowl Outdoors, we merge deep-rooted tradition with modern innovation, guaranteeing that your sandhill crane hunts in the Texas Panhandle and near Lubbock, Texas, become etched in your memories. Offering tailored packages, unparalleled guidance, and the unrivaled landscapes of West Texas, your pursuit for the quintessential sandhill crane hunting experience ends right here.

To reserve your spot, simply call or text Trey Frederick at 409-224-0747.