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Sandhill Cranes #7311416
07/22/21 12:52 PM
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There isn't a season where I live in MN. But, there is farther north I think. Has anyone ever hunted them and eaten them?
I had one of my elk hunting buddies tell me he got one a couple years ago and said he didn't consider them very palatable.


To the white people apologizing for the past. Speak for yourself, I myself did nothing to apologize for!
Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311424
07/22/21 01:06 PM
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I wish we had a season here. There was talk a couple years ago, but I haven't heard anything lately.


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Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311425
07/22/21 01:09 PM
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Crivitz WI
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Rib eye in the sky. They taste similar to bald eagle.


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Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311427
07/22/21 01:10 PM
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There was a time we had thousands migrate through here. They changed their migration route when Crp came into being. I tried many different recipes on them and never found one l liked.

Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311432
07/22/21 01:23 PM
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I've eaten a few and they tasted just fine.


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Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311438
07/22/21 01:27 PM
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I like seeing them around the neighborhood.


I know I'm paranoid......but am I paranoid ENOUGH???
Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311446
07/22/21 01:40 PM
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Draw tags are currently available to hunt them in NM. Draw hunt application is 8/18

There's a reason they are called ribeye of the sky

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Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311455
07/22/21 01:58 PM
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We hunt them here. They are very tasty. Kind of like turkey. Eggs are good too. They are eating berries here in the summer so have blue fat and quite good.

Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311461
07/22/21 02:13 PM
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I have shot a fair number of them and would not compare them to ribeye. They are not bad, but not my favorite. I have not shot one for years now. If they ate as good as some people think, I would still be shooting them. They taste different than ducks or geese, but they are a migratory bird, so they have dark meat. They are fun to shoot, if who ever goes along wants them all.


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Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Sprung & Rusty] #7311462
07/22/21 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Sprung & Rusty
Rib eye in the sky. They taste similar to bald eagle.

Though I've never had occasion to eat one, I was thinking more like Blue Heron would have been my guess.


To the white people apologizing for the past. Speak for yourself, I myself did nothing to apologize for!
Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311478
07/22/21 02:30 PM
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Taste ok
Mean when their wing shot…. Don’t send a good dog after an injured one
Can kill a limit every year in no time in Saskatchewan
They seem to like to hang out with speckle bellied geese for some reason
Anyone can hunt them here with a license and no guide is needed

Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: saskbone] #7311482
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Originally Posted by saskbone
Taste ok
Mean when their wing shot…. Don’t send a good dog after an injured one
Can kill a limit every year in no time in Saskatchewan
They seem to like to hang out with speckle bellied geese for some reason
Anyone can hunt them here with a license and no guide is needed

Interesting that you should mention them hanging out with speckle bellied geese. I have Canadian geese that land on my pond and the sandhill crane hang out with them some of the time.


To the white people apologizing for the past. Speak for yourself, I myself did nothing to apologize for!
Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311508
07/22/21 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Trapper7
Originally Posted by saskbone
Taste ok
Mean when their wing shot…. Don’t send a good dog after an injured one
Can kill a limit every year in no time in Saskatchewan
They seem to like to hang out with speckle bellied geese for some reason
Anyone can hunt them here with a license and no guide is needed

Interesting that you should mention them hanging out with speckle bellied geese. I have Canadian geese that land on my pond and the sandhill crane hang out with them some of the time.


You probably have canada geese.....not Canadian

Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Pirogue] #7311515
07/22/21 03:23 PM
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WI will discuss this again, but two major impactors are part of the discussion. One the international crane foundation is located in WI and WI is one of the leading if not the leading state for nesting Sandhills, so any season will need to factor in what impact as season will have on the population as a whole. Also the major corn damage is done in spring and seasons won't be until fall, so seasons are not going to be real beneficial to reducing crop damage here in WI as the cranes know where the later planted corn is (around the wetter areas) and they flock to those areas early in the season. There are retardants that can be bought and mixed in the seed and it works very well but adds about $30-$50 per acre cost, but then higher end seed corn runs $100-$200 an acre.

Bryce

Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311558
07/22/21 04:14 PM
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We have zillions of Greater Sandhills nesting throughout Michigan. Every time there is talk of a season, the Birder people do 3 things......first they swallow their collective gum, next they crap their collective britches, then they raise holy heck and the Powers-That-Be go hide under their beds until it blows over. The worse part of the whole deal is the fact that the Powers-That-Be issue crop damage permits and a big pile of cranes are blown away and in many cases, left to rot. Funny thing about those permits.....they allow you to kill craness, but no decoys, calls, or even camo clothing is allowed during the shooting. Heaven forbid anyone should go kill a crane and have it appear they are "sport" hunting!! A friend of mine was the trigger-man on some of the farms locally plagued by crane damaged corn fields. He used a rifle.

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Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311593
07/22/21 05:17 PM
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Get a late season crane that has feed on harvested corn. You have a choice meal in the making.
Preparation is the key in fine dining.
Pterodactyl hunting at it's finest.

Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311612
07/22/21 05:43 PM
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My buddy in Sask says they are great to eat.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

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Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Sprung & Rusty] #7311722
07/22/21 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Sprung & Rusty
Rib eye in the sky. They taste similar to bald eagle.



Yeah but are they as good as spotted owl? Who was it used to have the can of 'cream of spotted owl' for their profile picture. It always made me laugh


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Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311766
07/22/21 08:32 PM
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I have got a couple and cold smoked them after seasoning with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and then baked them at a low temperature for a few hours. The family all enjoyed it.

Re: Sandhill Cranes [Re: Trapper7] #7311829
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Texture of a California Condor, color of a balk eagle's meat, and when aged a decade or more have the flavor of a great awk. Hope they are better than the trumpeter swans we have in Eastern NC. How do you cook the drumsticks?

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