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    Dear Waterfowlers:

    I just read in the November 2019 issue of "Wildfowl" that the State of Alabama will be conducting its first Sandhill Crane season this year with 400 permits being issued to hunters to harvest three (3) birds each this season.

    The State of Kentucky and the State of Tennessee have been granted Sandhill Crane seasons in recent years due to the rapid increase in the number of birds within the Eastern Population of Sandhill Cranes. However the Province of Ontario has yet to address this issue.

    Jerome Katchin, D.V.M.

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    Over the last few seasons I have been seeing an increase of Sandhill Cranes, however this season the numbers have been through the roof. In one day of hunting I must have seen 1000 to 2000 cranes. On Saturday afternoon, I saw another 1000 + cranes flying to their roost.

    I have seen the damage they do to local farmer 's fields/crops, and its shocking.

    It also appears the cranes push out geese and ducks from fields.

    I feel its time for a crane hunt, even if its a limited season of a week or 2 with a bag limit of 3 cranes or a tag system.

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    I also hear there awesome eating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hookerdown View Post
    It also appears the cranes push out geese and ducks from fields.
    I've never seen evidence of that and I hunt fields here and in western Canada where all are present at the same time. Cranes here may compete for the same food source but they seem to get along and keep their distances from each other. Big difference out west this year was that the geese were keying on waste grain and the cranes were gorging themselves with crickets

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    down south here I don't see very many, certainly not enough that I could hunt. But 4 hours north there are lots, but not in the thousands. And I have also heard the are amazing to eat. Stubble bum,, I want to shoot with you.

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    I seen I’m guessing a few hundreds flying over my place a month ago. Whenever I see them, I always wonder how far they move in a day. Seems like their always going in circles. They should follow Geese for a while lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabmgb View Post
    And I have also heard the are amazing to eat. Stubble bum,, I want to shoot with you.
    Excellent table fare - we target them at least three days when we're out to get enough to bring home. Last day this year we limited on specks and cranes.

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    Wouldn't hear me complaining if I could get after some flying rib eye!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oaknut View Post
    Wouldn't hear me complaining if I could get after some flying rib eye!

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    Theyre that good??

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanO View Post
    Theyre that good??
    Google "rib eye in the sky"

    I have never had the opportunity but when something has a nickname like that I can't help but want to give it a try.

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