A scathing editorial in the Courier-Journal.com slams the inaugural season for Sandhill cranes and the writer appears proud that hunters punched only 50 out of 400 tickets. The sole Eastern state to allow Sandhill crane hunting, Kentucky seems to be suffering from a bit of a poor public relations image for opening a season on these birds. The editor writes that Kentucky should be “ashamed” of holding a season on poor, defenseless birds. It is believed that some conservationists bought hunting permits for the birds, never intending to hunt, to keep others from hunting.
Should Kentucky try again next year?
Photo courtesy of Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
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Brian Lovett, Realtree's news blogger, has been an outdoors reporter, writer, magazine editor and book author for 27 years. Spring turkey hunting and autumn waterfowling take up most of his outside time, but he also enjoys fishing, deer hunting and upland-bird hunting. Lovett lives in Oshkosh, Wis., with his wife, Jenny, and their retriever.