The commonwealth’s first official sandhill crane hunting season begins tomorrow. The hunt has been controversial, and hasn’t drawn as much attention from hunters as the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife anticipated.
Sandhill cranes have been hunted for more than 50 years in North America, but the eastern population of the birds has been protected for a century. Now, Kentucky will allow up to 400 of the birds to be killed in a hunt.
The hunting season lasts for 30 days, or until the 400 bird quota is reached. Rocky Pritchert is the migratory bird coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. He says the sandhill crane population has drastically recovered in recent years. [click to continue…]