Sandhill Crane

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  1. JR Parks

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    Just got back from a Sandhill Crane hunt near Edna, Texas. Hunted over cut rice fields, with some great decoys and a an even better caller. Big wary birds but really responded well to decoys -6 of us got our limit. And that last photo you can see why they are referred to "ribeye of the sky" Very tasty!

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    OMG I do love me some ribeyes from the skies. PM coming for some info

    Here's a couple I've met

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    I must admit, I never knew people hunted crane....
    That meat looks yummy!!!
     
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    Hunting and eating crane is new to me as well, but it looks dang tasty!
     
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    Arizona has a Sandhill Crane hunt. I haven't hunted them, but have seen a couple out on a stream I catch crawfish in.... ..... Beautiful birds. Does anyone remember Charlie?? ............... Jerry (in Tucson)
     
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    We have them here in Michigan, big birds, but there isn't a hunting season on them here.
     
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    Whooping Crane is a lot tastier but is much more expensive!! :sofa:
     
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    Protected species in Wisconsin when I lived there. Did a lot of damage in corn fields, walk up and down the rows and grab every kernel planted. Also walked up and down potato hills and damaged tubers when pecking for bugs. Lots of people wished there was a season up there.

    Good to hear they are tasty, and fun to hunt!
     
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    They were almost wiped by unregulated hunting pressure wiki says by 1940 fewer than a 1000 birds remained. Good population increases have now allowed some limited hunting.
     
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    Where is Eric when he's needed..... Jerry (in Tucson)
     
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    We don't have them here in Virginia regularly. Rare to see one here. Few states allow the hunting of them from what I understand.
     
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    I wonder if it taste like Bald Eagle??? ......... Jerry (in Tucson)
     
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    Many lobbied the state (WI), for a limited hunting season, but the presence of the International Crane Foundation in Barabo WI means there will probably never be one.

    To the Crane Foundation's credit, they have been active partners in working with researchers to prevent damage to crops. They have participated in and partially funded research projects throughout the state.

    Also interesting to see the different species of crane they breed at their center. They work closely with the Chinese to expand populations of many crane species that are threatened and/or endangered.
     
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    Just heard about hunting and eating last year from a friend at work. Meat looks incredible. Congrats Jim.
    Yep, very protected in Colorado but I thought there was a very limited hunt here.
     
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    Our sandhill crane season here in Texas runs from 10/26 through 01/26 depending on your location. With a daily bag limit of 3 birds. So no limitations down here. Well except for the east and northeast region of the state which is closed to crane hunting. Also the area all around the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is closed due to it being the winter home of the Whooping Cranes. You don't want to make an oops there
     
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    Nice job on those mounts Barry. I shot a nice bull canvasback last week. I was really tempted to put it on the wall but decided not to.
     
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    NO NO NO that's one that has eluded me

    Oh and thank you
     
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    Eluded you when hunting or you’ve yet to mount one?
     
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    While hunting. I’ve mounted a few
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    Holler if you head up to my neck of the woods and maybe we can get on some. Duck hunting has been terrible this year but we’ve scratched out a few decent days.

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