Longneck Outfitters offers some of the best guided sandhill crane hunting in the nation. Sandhill cranes start arriving in mid-October and are here in full force by early November.
The southern Texas panhandle is a major wintering area for cranes. Once they arrive they very rarely leave, some stay till mid-march before trekking back north.
Our hunts take place over an 8 county area in the southern Texas panhandle. Our headquarters is located in Lubbock, TX but we follow the birds as they shift from one area to another. We try to hunt as many new areas as possible to insure quality hunting throughout the entire season. All crane hunting takes place in the morning. This gives us ample time to locate the next days fields. We do hunt water on occasion, but it is dependent on the overall water sources available.
We provide decoys, dogs, blinds, and calling. Our spread consists of Deception Decoy full body cranes. We use A-frame style blinds to keep you comfortable and hidden. We use only the best equipment to increase your chances of a successful hunt. We pride ourselves it getting the birds up close and in your face. Check out the FAQs page for more info on hunts.
More about Crane Hunting
We prefer 6-12 hunters per hunt to insure a quality hunt. We have harvested 3,000+ sandhill cranes in the last two seasons. It is also possible to shoot a few bonus geese or ducks during crane hunts. Sandhill’s are big, tough birds and can carry a lot of shot, so we recommend BB-#2 shot for these bad boys. Shots can range from less than 10 yards to 35-40 yards.
Season: Oct. 31 - Jan. 31
Daily Bag Limit: 3 Cranes
Tag: Annual Sandhill Crane Hunting Permit required