Kentucky Sandhill Crane Hunt Not a Huge Hit
For its inaugural Sandhill Crane season Kentucky had high expectations, a quota of 400 birds. A number they fell far short of, 50 cranes were killed during the 30 day season. This may be an indication that the birds are actually more difficult to hunt than expected.
Some think that with the season being so new, and the unknown was a reason for the low numbers. Even hunting permit numbers were less than what was expected. 342 people applied to receive the Sandhill permits. The application was $3, and done in a lottery style, with a total of 400 available. With only 342 applying, everyone was a winner. The permits were free, but one had to have a hunter's license and then either a waterfowl or migratory bird stamp.
Some concerned citizens who worried about the cranes applied for permits as well, to "save some cranes from the dinner plate." Kentucky Game officials are still pleased with their inaugural season. Kentucky was the first eastern state to offer such a season. The Sandhill crane population continues to thrive, and hunting is just one way to help manage the species. From Courier-Journal.com.