Kentucky Considering Sandhill Crane Season

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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission have a new hunting season on their docket this year for discussion and voting Friday; the eastern sandhill crane. If approved, the season would be from December 17th through January 15th, with a quota of 400 birds. 400 permits would be sold, each valid for 2 birds. Once the first 400 are taken the season would be over. This may be difficult to monitor, since there would be 800 tags issued and only the first 400 can be used.

Kentucky would be the first state east of the Mississippi River with a sandhill crane season, 13 other states offer a crane season. Hunting the sandhill crane is compared to hunting Canadian geese, not necessarily an easy hunt.

There is opposition to starting a season. Ben Yandell is a spokesman for the Kentucky Coalition for Sandhill Cranes, which opposes a hunting season. The birds have not been hunted for over a hundred years, and just because their numbers have grown is not a reason to be the first state to start hunting them. They do not threaten the environment as some animals do.

Friday's vote will be the biggest hurdle for the crane hunt, the General Assembly will have to give assent to pass the hunt. Also the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services will have to approve the hunt because the cranes are a migratory species, from


GooseHunter Jr's picture

Would be a cool new

Would be a cool new oppurtunuity for the state to make some more money from hunting.  They are a great bird to hunt and they are pretty good to eat...mean suckers...don't let you dog after a down crane..could be bad news for the dog.

hunter25's picture

I didn't realize there was no

I didn't realize there was no crane hunting east of the Mississippi river as the first one I remember ever seeing were in Wisconsin when I was a kid and that memory is what motivated me to hunt them in Texas last year. Of course the limit is three per day down there. These quota hunts can be hard to monitor as they said but they seem to work in many states for many different species of animals so I don't see areal problem. And if done properly they can be a very easy bird to hunt. Since there is no experience in this state it shouldn't be to bad but in Texas I bet they could go over the quota very easily on the first day if they weren't careful.