Kentucky Considering Sandhill Crane Season
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 Courier-Journal.com.