Sandhill Cranes return to Barren River Lake; hunting season Dec. 15- Jan. 13

These Sandhill Cranes were enjoying the leftovers of a corn field near Barren River Lake Tuesday afternoon. At dark, they roost along the lake.

These Sandhill Cranes were enjoying the leftovers of a corn field near Barren River Lake Tuesday afternoon. At dark, they roost along the lake.

    The Sandhill Cranes have returned to Barren River Lake for the winter.
   With their arrival, also comes the state’s second Sandhill Crane hunting season, Dec. 15 – Jan. 13, 2013, or until 400 of the cranes have been killed.
   As of today, 28 cranes have been taken, with 15 from Barren County and the remaining from Hardin County, according to statistics from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
   Drawing for the Sandhill Crane hunting permits was Dec. 5.
   The daily and season bag limit is two birds per hunter.
   Hunters are required to telecheck on the day of harvest of their Sandhill Crane. And, by Jan. 25, they are also required to complete a post-season survey.
   They must also monitor the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website daily concerning the season closure and the presence of whooping cranes in the Commonwealth.
   For more information, refer to the KDFWR annual Kentucky Hunting Guide for Waterfowl pgs. 2-3.

SANDHILL CRANE VIEWING WEEKENDS
   Barren River Lake State Park will once again offer Sandhill Crane Nature Watch Weekends Jan. 25-27, and Feb. 8-10, 2013.
   Registration is $30 per adult, $18 per child (8-12 years). The fee includes presentation on the cranes, a box lunch, a T-shirt, and a choice of one viewing- either Saturday sunrise, Saturday sunset or Sunday sunrise.
   For more information, contact Jamie Avery at Jamie.Avery@Ky.gov or call 1-800-325-0057.

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