Sandhill Crane season ends with 87 birds harvested; 75 in Barren and 3 in Allen

   Sandhill Crane season came to an end Sunday, Jan. 12, with a total of 87 cranes reported to have been harvested, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Telecheck site.
   Hunters killed 75 of those in Barren County, while three more were killed in Allen County. The remaining birds were taken in Adair, Hardin, LaRue, and Todd counties.
   The season limit was 400 Sandhill Cranes during the month-long season, that began Dec. 14.
   The limit has not been reached in either of the two previous seasons. There were 50 Sandhill Cranes killed in the first season (Dec. 2011- Jan. 2012) and 92 killed last season (Dec. 2012- Jan. 2013).
   Three-hundred ninety-nine hunters received permits to participate in this year’s hunt. Each permitted hunter may take up to two sandhill cranes.
   This is the third year of hunting Sandhill Cranes in the Commonwealth.
      Hunters were required to use the department’s Telecheck system to register each crane on the day the bird is taken.
   Biologists believe Sandhill Cranes congregate at Barren River Lake because thousands of acres of mudflats are exposed at winter pool.

Sandhill Crane Viewing Weekends
The Barren River Lake State Park will host two Nature Watch Weekends, Jan. 24-25, and Feb. 7-8, to view the migrating Sandhill Cranes.
   For more information, contact Jamie Avery at jamie.avery@ky.gov or 1-800-325-0057.

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