7 thoughts on “Really? A Hunting Season For Sandhill Cranes?

  1. Jake – Can you give both sides of the story here? What is the reason the Dept of Fish & Wildlife is proposing to initiate this type of hunting season?? — I don’t know and need more info here for any sort of informed opinion can be formed. – Thanks!

  2. GtownReader – Thanks for the very good info — Looks like they just need to allow the farmers to take care of them as the link states – I agree that the cranes are “fascinating” but how are they “often-beneficial”? Do they have some extraordinary purpose? – Thanks!

  3. Sounds like the Lesser Sandhill Crane (per my quick research this is the one in Kentucky) is doing okay according to this excerpt and other similar ones that I found: Though the Sandhill Crane is not considered threatened as a species, the three southernmost subspecies are quite rare. (NOTE: These are not the ones in Kentucky) While the migratory birds could at least choose secure breeding habitat, the resident populations could not, and many subpopulations were destroyed by hunting or habitat change. However, initially the Greater Sandhill crane proper suffered most from persecution; by 1940 probably fewer than 1,000 birds remained. They have since increased greatly again, though with nearly 100,000 individuals they are still less plentiful than the Lesser Sandhill Crane, which numbers over 400,000 individuals, making the species the most plentiful crane alive today.[11]

  4. I have no problem with a sandhill crane season. KFW would not allow it if they did not feel it was appropriate. They regulate all other hunting seasons very reasonably.
    I support it!

  5. The bottom line is that is the species is not threatened and my understanding is that they are proposing a very limited bag count, why not? Whereas most non-profit animal advocacy groups talk a lot about promoting animal welfare, hunters and fisherman actually do it.

    The 1937 Pittman-Robertson Act created a 10% excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition, that combined with boat licenses and tax form check boxes, accounts for over 70% of the KDFW budget.

    Likewise, food plots and habitat restoration for hunting purposes, benefits many non-game species. So if opening a limited responsible season benefits all species, without hurting the crane population, it sounds like a pragmatic decision to me.

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