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Should we hunt Sandhill Cranes?

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Should we hunt Sandhill Cranes?

Postby narcoleptish » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:27 am

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... 963f4.html

I have to admit I thought they were much rarer than they are. I used to see a pair at a time around the north side of town and in the Governor Nelson area. Then last year, on a drive up to Wautoma, I came across a farm field with literally hundreds of them. I was a little shocked, I had never seen more than 2 at a time.

I'm not sure how I feel about a hunt though. Is treating crops with a chemical to repel them any better? Wolf decoys?
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Re: Should we hunt Sandhill Cranes?

Postby jman111 » Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:38 am

Well, if they taste as good as Bald Eagle....
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Re: Should we hunt Sandhill Cranes?

Postby snoqueen » Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:02 am

Sandhills aren't like Canada geese or coyotes, species that do very well near people. They aren't pooping all over the parks or stealing small dogs to eat -- they're good neighbors. And they have only one or two chicks at a time not a dozen. They aren't endangered, but that doesn't mean we have any obligation to hunt them. The bill to do so is a special-interest bill not a public-interest one.

In rural areas where the sandhills are eating grain crops, alternative methods of crop protection are being tried. They don't sound too expensive or complicated. I found this link to a Minnesota site that references WI at the end:

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/livingwith_w ... index.html
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Re: Should we hunt Sandhill Cranes?

Postby Dangerousman » Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:47 pm

jman111 wrote:Well, if they taste as good as Bald Eagle....


I've had both and there's no comparison. Bald Eagle is much tastier--- right up there with California Condor with poached sea turtle eggs and fondued tiger meat. Mmmm mmm goood!

On a more serious note-- just leave the damn birds alone. They're beautiful. I don't understand why some people think a species should literally become "fair game" as soon as it's off the threatened list.
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Re: Should we hunt Sandhill Cranes?

Postby snoqueen » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:19 pm

Deep fried whooping crane is another a gourmet treat. You can substitute it for the "tur" in turducken, resulting in whoopducken.
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Re: Should we hunt Sandhill Cranes?

Postby rabble » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:36 pm

Dangerousman wrote:poached sea turtle eggs

Okay that was a good one.
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Re: Should we hunt Sandhill Cranes?

Postby Remember_Me » Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:55 pm

I think my grandpa's still got some dodo in his freezer for really special occasions...
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Re: Should we hunt Sandhill Cranes?

Postby David Marshall » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:32 am

Man this story is so fun that I hate to look away... Hey wait a minute, DAMN IT!
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Re: Should we hunt Sandhill Cranes?

Postby BrianV66 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:26 am

I always thought the jury was out on science, but apparently we know what dinosaurs sounded like -

From the linked article...
a call that sounds like a velociraptor crossed with a pteronodon
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Re: Should we hunt Sandhill Cranes?

Postby sylvie » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:52 am

"Then last year, on a drive up to Wautoma, I came across a farm field with literally hundreds of them. I was a little shocked, I had never seen more than 2 at a time.
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Hundred!! OMG!

Wait a minute - there are 7 BILLION humans on the planet - in a short time there will be 9 BILLION!
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Re: Should we hunt Sandhill Cranes?

Postby narcoleptish » Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:05 am

You understand that until that point I had never seen more than 2 or possibly 4 at a time and being unfamiliar with the subject, I thought they were fairly uncommon. And it was probably several hundred. And they were all smoking Camel Lights. I'm telling ya, it was a weird scene man....er ma'am.

And don't think I don't do a little OMGing myself when I have to go to Woodman's on a Saturday afternoon.
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Re: Should we hunt Sandhill Cranes?

Postby Huckleby » Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:40 pm

I can't believe that there are great flocks of cranes devouring amber fields of grain across the fruited plain. This has got to be a few pissed-off farmers in some favorite sandhill hang-outs.

In a few weeks I will have a chicadee problem. Those little birds are so noisy in the morning when a gentleman is trying to get his rest. I will not take action.

The bird is the word
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