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Believe it or not, Kentucky is considering Sandhill Crane hunt

Local bird enthusiasts are urging crane enthusiasts to voice opposition to hunting the beautiful creatures, who, unfortunately for the species, are considered excellent table fare. Links, action e-mail address below
See also: Our first Sandhill Cranes: A fantastic sight story and photos by Barbara Armitage See also: How cranes and geese go, a report by Linda Waggener on BJ Fudge vocal performance of crane gargle at Columbia Post Office

By Ed Waggener

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission consideration of a hunting season on Sandhill Cranes is drawing heavy opposition from bird lovers.

Bob Burt, who shares a love of the birds with his wife, widely known Adair County ornithologist Wendy Butler Burt, wrote, "Believe it or not, Kentucky is considering opening up a hunting season on Sandhill Cranes!"

He calls on other Sandhill Crane enthusiasts to come to the birds' aid."If you agree that there should not be a hunting season on Sandhill Cranes please let the state know of your opposition." Opinions can be expressed by writing to this email address:

The complete Fish & Wildlife proposal can be read at the Kentucky Fish & Wildlife website. Click to Kentucky's Sandhill Crane Hunt Proposal which has links to the full text of the proposal, to Sandhill Crane Questions and Answers, and to Sandhill Cranes Regulations processes.

So far, Pen's research has found, "It sounds like most of the opposition so far is anti-hunting period,not anti-hunting of cranes." He also found that, according to FW, "Their meat is excellent table fare, prized bymany as the best of all migratory game birds."

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Birds of Kentucky: Sandhill Cranes visit, fly over Adair Co., KY

2011-02-26 - Photo by George Rice, Kay Haupt.
Sandhill Cranes are favorite visitors to Kentucky, and much photographed for CM. In the top frame, a flock is on the ground, captured in this photo by George Rice. In the lower photo, naturalist Kay Haupt of Greenbriar Ridge RD, caught the birds in their familiar vee formation. Bob Burt, a Sandhill Crane enthusiast, is calling on other advocates for the birds to write in opposition to a Kentucky Fish & Wildlife proposal for a Sandhill Crane Hunting season in Kentucky. Whether they are good to eat or not is a controversial subject, with critiques from "My dog wouldn't eat it," to calling it "flying filet mignon," and "ribeye in the sky."

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