I left New York with only a vague understanding of what I’d be hunting in Saskatchewan: sandhill cranes. Hunting cranes over decoys has risen in popularity over the past five years, but I had never done it before—so when Benelli USA invited me to Canada to try for the birds, I didn't know what to expect. I did enough research beforehand to glean only that cranes are gangly and loud, and that there are droves of them north of the border. Besides that, I knew only enough to stay within the local game laws. Three days later, though, I arrived back home with a new favorite waterfowl species to hunt and a better understanding of why sandhill cranes have recently captivated so many sportsmen.