January 16, 2013
Sandhill Crane Hunting Gaining Popularity in Kentucky
By Chad Love
Now in its second season, Kentucky's sandhill crane season continues to gain popularity among hunters. A total of 92 cranes were taken during this year's season.
From this story on courierpress.com:
Hunters killed 92 sandhill cranes in Kentucky's second hunting season for the bird. That's 42 more than were killed in the previous season. Most of the birds killed were in Hardin and Barren counties on private land. No more than 400 birds could be hunted during the season. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Migratory Bird Specialist Rocky Pritchert told WFPL in Louisville. The department considers the season a success. Pritchert says the highest estimates had between 100 and 200 birds being shot. Three hundred and thirty-two hunters were given permits this year.
According to the story, there are 84,000 birds in the eastern population of sandhill cranes, and the crane population would have to fall to about 30,000 before Kentucky cancels its crane season. Although sandhills are primarily known as a plains species, they're obviously doing well back east. Any east-of-the-Mississippi crane hunters out there?