Hunting bans and habitat conservation have helped restore the Sandhill Crane population, with their 6-foot wingspan and calls that date back to prehistoric times. Each winter, they gather around the Barren River Wildlife Management Area and Barren River Lake State Resort Park as the water levels retreat and thousand of acres are covered in mudflats.
The proposal would allow only 400 hunters to take one Crane each during the thirty day season for a total harvest of 400 birds. If the state approves the hunt, Fish and Wildlife will have to concur before hunting begins.
The federal government banned the hunting of Sandhill Cranes from 1916 – 1961. Other states that already have a Sandhill Crane season are generally west of the Mississippi River.
What are your thoughts on this? Would you hunt these beautiful birds? Or would you rather let them fly by and stick to your typical waterfowl? Let us know in the comments below.