Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 27, 2012

Will Wisconsin Hunt Sandhill Cranes?

The New York Times reported that a bill to allow Sandhill Crane hunting  has been introduced in the Wisconsin State legislature.  Farmer have complained that the conservation efforts have been too successful and that the sandhill cranes are eating acres of freshly seeded cornfields. Wisconsin has strong traditions of both bird watching and hunting, which may result in a complex and hot debated issue. Peter Cannon, the President of Madison Audubon raised the issue that hunters may confuse the sandhill cranes with the very rare whooping crane and pointed out that farmers could treat corn to make it taste undesirable to sandhill cranes. A UW-Madison assistant professor of avian biology, Mark Berres said it is essential to study genetic diversity and fledgling rates before considering a hunting season on cranes. Read more at  Wisconsin Consider Hunting of Sandhill Crane – NYTimes.com.

Sandhill Crane hunting has been going on for over 50 years and is currently allowed in 13 states. An article at NRAhuntersrights.org reports:

“While sandhill crane hunting may be a novel concept in the East, Texas and New Mexico have been hunting the birds since 1961. In total, 13 states in the West and Midwest, including nine of the 10 states in the Central Flyway, allow sandhill crane hunting today. Sandhill crane hunting seasons currently exist in Alaska, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming and Minnesota.

Most of the sandhill cranes that are presently hunted in the United States belong to the Mid-Continent Population, which at more than 500,000 birds is the largest sandhill crane population in North America. The Mid-Continent Population winters in Alaska, Siberia and Canada and migrates through the Central Flyway to its wintering grounds in Texas, New Mexico, southeastern Arizona and Mexico. From 2000 to 2009, it’s estimated that 8,600 hunters harvested about 17,000 sandhills annually from the Mid-Continent Population.”


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  1. […] Will Wisconsin Hunt Sandhill Cranes? (naturalhistorywanderings.com) […]

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  2. Yes, when nature gets in our way, we go out there and kill it! Don’t you just love our own species?

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