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Wisconsin lawmaker wants hunting of sandhill cranes
Chicago Tribune ^ | 2-1-12

Posted on 02/01/2012 4:50:24 PM PST by SJackson

A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to let hunters go after sandhill cranes.

Sandhill crane populations have grown dramatically across North America over the last 30 years. Wisconsin is a key nesting area for cranes that migrate up and down the eastern United States, and the International Crane Foundation is based in Baraboo.

But state Rep. Joel Kleefisch says the population has grown so much that they're causing too much damage to farmers' cornfields. He has introduced a bill that would require the Department of Natural Resources to set up a limited hunt.

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1 posted on 02/01/2012 4:50:28 PM PST by SJackson
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; phantomworker; joesnuffy; ..
If you’d like to be on or off this Outdoors/Rural/wildlife/hunting/hiking/backpacking/National Parks/animals list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.
2 posted on 02/01/2012 4:51:04 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: SJackson
They aren't exactly a rarity here in southern Michigan. I see them pretty much every single day. They love my neighbor's yards.

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3 posted on 02/01/2012 4:52:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SJackson

Sounds like a good idea to me.I see them on a regular basic in northern Wis. also.

We could use a limited hunt.


4 posted on 02/01/2012 4:55:10 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: cripplecreek

They’re all over. I’ve never had crane, but I’m told they’re good, and were a food source in our early days.


5 posted on 02/01/2012 4:56:18 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: riverrunner

We have quite a few of them in Crivitz too.
Probably tastes like goose. Yum!!


6 posted on 02/01/2012 4:57:57 PM PST by tractorman (I never miss a chance to tweak a liberal.)
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To: SJackson

We even had a whooping crane hanging out in the area this fall.

Now how about a mute swan hunt.


7 posted on 02/01/2012 4:59:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SJackson; Nick Danger
Wisconsin is a key nesting area for cranes that migrate up and down the eastern United States

An impressive detour to WI from the eastern U.S.

Side note--Somebody accidentally hit a sandhill crane today on the golf course shortly after a bald eagle swooped onto the fairway to attack a well-placed fairway shot.

8 posted on 02/01/2012 5:05:49 PM PST by NautiNurse
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To: SJackson

While not as bad as deer which can destroy a garden 50 do congregate in newly planted fields and eat the newly planted seeds besides the work of re-planting seeds ain’t cheap either


9 posted on 02/01/2012 5:13:01 PM PST by mosesdapoet (Moses ..A nick name I received as a kid for warning another -It's a sin to tell a lie")
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To: NautiNurse
We nearly ran down a 3 ft tall buzzard of some sort who was dragging a cat's dead body off the road.

What a nice animal. You can't get just anybody to do that!

10 posted on 02/01/2012 5:20:01 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: SJackson

Is Joel Kleefisch Rebecca’s husband? Rebecca Kleefisch is the Lt. Gov.


11 posted on 02/01/2012 5:20:59 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: cripplecreek

Beautiful! I’d hate to see them hunted, unless they were doing real damage to crops. I could use some hunters to come here after the wild turkeys. They are really plentiful the ast couple of years.


12 posted on 02/01/2012 5:24:31 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SJackson; cripplecreek

I would have no issue with hunting them as long as they are on the limited hunt i would do it.


13 posted on 02/01/2012 5:25:49 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Don’t know, might be. I like her, can’t believe the unions are doing a recall on her too. Just do a Statehood recall.


14 posted on 02/01/2012 5:27:04 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Sorry, meant to ping you for your list. I’ve no problem with hunting them, there are plenty. Don’t know how much the crop damage is. Less than deer, more than turkey.


15 posted on 02/01/2012 5:29:36 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: SJackson

Do they taste better than Whooping Crane?


16 posted on 02/01/2012 5:36:06 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: SJackson

I think she’s terrific. I can’t believe that those punks are recaling everybody. It just stinks. I’ve examined a lot of petitions, and many of them look really phony.


17 posted on 02/01/2012 5:39:15 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SJackson; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; TaMoDee; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

Wisconsiin SandHill Crane Hunting Season ping

If you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list, just FReep Mail me.


18 posted on 02/01/2012 5:41:58 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: muawiyah
That's right. Buzzards are useful but underappreciated creatures. Commonly can be seen congregating at the Roadkill Bar and Grille.
19 posted on 02/01/2012 5:45:56 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard
You get a hot summer day they're out there ~ drifting higher and higher in the thermals ~ and then, all at once, one of 'em will fly down, and next thing you know you've got 2 or 3 dozen of the creatures disposing of the dead.

When they're done, they fly back up and circle around and around.

20 posted on 02/01/2012 5:53:31 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: SJackson

The relevant quote from this story:

“Thirteen states already allow people to hunt sandhill cranes.”


21 posted on 02/01/2012 5:54:25 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SJackson

So sad. It may be necessary, but I find it sad when an animal that lives in security must go through the terror of being hunted.


22 posted on 02/01/2012 5:57:31 PM PST by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: SJackson

If I can’t eat it why hunt it?

Hunters eat their kills. If they just kill for fun, they aren’t hunters.


23 posted on 02/01/2012 6:00:24 PM PST by Randy Larsen (ROTFLMFAO!)
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To: Randy Larsen

You can eat cranes, I’m told they’re very good. Lots of receipes on the web.


24 posted on 02/01/2012 6:04:47 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: Randy Larsen
Hunters eat their kills. If they just kill for fun, they aren’t hunters.

Why do you think they would not be eaten?

Everything that I have read about the cranes indicates that they are excellent if prepared properly.

If ever you find you're self in a position to hunt Sandhill cranes you will have found your self hunting one of the best tasting bird there is. This long legged wading bird looks as if was a Blue Heron but don't be fooled this is no fish eater. This astounding bird that stands over three feet in height and has a wing span of over six feet eats grain from the same fields as do Mallards, Snow geese and White Fronted geese and has been nick named the flying Rib eye of the sky. Try this recipe out, it was given to me in the northern plains of Saskatchewan by a farmer friend some years back.

* Start with: 1-2 Lb = two Sandhill cranes breasts, thinly sliced Sandhill crane breast

* 10 TBS Kikkoman Soy Sauce

* 4 T

* 4 Tsp Minced Garlic

* 1 1/4 TSP Cayenne Pepper

Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic & cayenne pepper. Marinate crane breast meat in marinade for anywhere from six hours to over night in the refrigerator depending on how spicy you like it. Remove from marinade and place on plate you need to let the meat warm just a bit before placing on hot coals, once warmed to room tempter it's time to cook. Grill on BBQ using a flat screen style tray, other wise the thinly sliced crane will fall on to coals. Cook crane until nicely browned just as with all waterfowl do not over cook as meat is thin it will cook very quickly depending on how hot your coals are. This pre meal entree goes very well with a fine bottle of your favorite beer. This makes a wonderful appetizer and I use this only on the Sandhills I get but I am sure it would work just as good on geese.

25 posted on 02/01/2012 6:08:38 PM PST by marktwain
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To: Paleo Conservative
Do they taste better than Whooping Crane?

By at least $10,000, possible time, and loss of hunting license for years. I'd consider hunting sandhills, but I'd certainly brush up on identification first. Other than maybe color, I can't tell them apart very well. I say maybe cause some whoopers appear brown at times.

Expensive difference. Have to get those identification cards you'd see in the WWII movies

26 posted on 02/01/2012 6:10:54 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: Bellflower

Don’t tell the cranes they’re secure, they’ll ignore the coyotes.


27 posted on 02/01/2012 6:11:15 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: Bellflower
So sad. It may be necessary, but I find it sad when an animal that lives in security must go through the terror of being hunted.

They do not live in "security". They are constantly hunted, and they constantly hunt smaller creatures. It is known as the "state of nature".

28 posted on 02/01/2012 6:11:35 PM PST by marktwain
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To: SJackson; marktwain

Next thing we’ll be eating is coots!


29 posted on 02/01/2012 6:12:24 PM PST by Randy Larsen (ROTFLMFAO!)
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“So sad. It may be necessary, but I find it sad when an animal that lives in security must go through the terror of being hunted.”

How anthropomorphic of you. Your mistake is assigning human emotions to wild animals. No wild animal lives in “security”. Animals live by instinct. One such instinct is to be tenacious of life. There is nothing more “terrifying” than survival of the fittest out in the wild. There are no veterinarians on call in the woods.

If these cranes can be taken/harvested in a properly regulated hunt for the good of the overall health of the species and it’s habitat, I’m all for it. Cheer up and don’t be sad.


30 posted on 02/01/2012 6:30:49 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: SJackson; marktwain
Don’t tell the cranes they’re secure, they’ll ignore the coyotes.

I forget about them varmints, somewhat a new appearance in the last 15 to 20 years maybe. The cranes look so peaceful when you see them out in the fields it is hard to imagine them as hunted. Since the coyotes are on the increase they probably have to be on the watch for their lives these days.

I have heard that cranes can be quite vicious when cornered. Their very sharp beaks can turn into bayonets and their claws are also sharp. They can do some serious damage but not sure if they can hold up very well against coyotes.

As far as hunting they seem a bit like sitting ducks as when I get close enough to take their pictures they usual just walk away. Maybe if they are hunted they will be a bit quicker at getting away.

I'm looking forward to the coming of The Kingdom of God when all things will again live in security and peace.

31 posted on 02/01/2012 8:07:29 PM PST by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: Bellflower

I like watching the cranes too. Untill the Kingdom comes, we may have to depend on the DNR. I doubt that if there was a season, we’d be talking, well I haven’t a clue. I see them out there too, and could take them with a rifle. Shotgun, like most fowl, probably a different story. Walking up to them, they’ll learn about that quickly. I’ve not an opinion about how a hunt should be managed. I do enjoy watching them.


32 posted on 02/01/2012 8:22:44 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: muawiyah

“We nearly ran down a 3 ft tall buzzard of some sort who was dragging a cat’s dead body off the road.”

3 ft tall?? The only ones that big I know of are California Condors. Mebbe you meant 3 foot wing span?

JC


33 posted on 02/01/2012 8:43:08 PM PST by cracker45
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To: SJackson

Can sandhill cranes be good to eat?


34 posted on 02/01/2012 8:47:23 PM PST by Mike Darancette (11/06/2012: Starts "Occupy the White House")
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To: Mike Darancette

Don’t know, I’ve been told they’re very good, I’ve never tasted one. Like goose, they say the breast is the best part. I can’t easily find citations, but I know I’ve read of crane being an early food source in what now is the midwest.


35 posted on 02/01/2012 8:55:01 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: cripplecreek
They aren't exactly a rarity here in southern Michigan.

The fall of 2010 was the first time I've ever seen any here in S.E. Michigan. I was pheasant hunting in the thumb when a small flock flew over really high. I thought they were whooping cranes so had to look them up in my books when I got home.

I saw another flock this past fall but thats the only time I've seen them. Never on the ground.........

As a side note, I'm seeing more and more white egrets. And another thing, I always thought that blue herons nested on the ground until I discovered a rookery of them in a wooded area in Troy about 10 years ago......

36 posted on 02/02/2012 3:12:24 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: Hot Tabasco

They’ve always been common here in Jackson county but they were endangered at one point despite the fact that they congregated here.


37 posted on 02/02/2012 4:54:49 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SJackson

I assume the similarities in the appearance is the reason they don’t allow a mute swan hunt. The much rarer native trumpeter swan is nearly identical. Mute swans have an orange bill and trumpeter swans have a black bill.


38 posted on 02/02/2012 4:57:57 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
Mute swans are hunted other places.

When we were fighting for a crow season the antis said we would mistake eagles for crows.

The argument that you might mistake them for something else is just another anti hunting blue herring.

39 posted on 02/02/2012 5:09:07 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: cracker45
He was walking on the road. That's height from his feet to his head.

The biggest tribe of the most common species in the Eastern US can be an average of 32 inches tall ~ and some members can be even bigger.

I gauged him with the height of my car at different points.

We've had a great deal of major construction in this area the last 3 or 4 years so a young'n would have plenty to eat.

40 posted on 02/02/2012 5:29:25 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Mike Darancette
Tell all the swan hunters "what" ~ and that is, be virtuous and clear the community of GIANT CANADA GEESE FIRST.

Certainly they are edible.

41 posted on 02/02/2012 5:32:29 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Randy Larsen

I have ate cranes, they are very good. Slightly better than Canada goose.

The ‘drumsticks’ ain’t much of a meal...lol, but the breasts are meaty and flavorful.


42 posted on 02/02/2012 8:26:10 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: SJackson

Killing harmless animals out of blood lust is not right. I watched a crane try to get its dead mate off a highway and it haunts me. I’m an avid gun and knife nut and I hunt targets.


43 posted on 02/02/2012 9:21:43 AM PST by mcshot (Voter fraud will be the doom of the Republic as desired by the Lib Dems.)
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To: mcshot

Always nice to hear from vegans.


44 posted on 02/02/2012 10:06:16 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: SJackson

Hate to disappoint you but not “vegan” as meat eating predator hunter. I just dislike the killing of animals for thrill and I’ve seen far more than I like be it ducks, doves, song birds and the list goes on. Predators be damned though.


45 posted on 02/02/2012 11:25:30 AM PST by mcshot (Voter fraud will be the doom of the Republic as desired by the Lib Dems.)
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