[birdky] Re: Thoughts on Sandhill Crane Hunting issue

There is an identification test crane hunters are required to take to avoid this mistake. Guess some people learn better than others? (other birds included on the test/educational materials have similar markings as the whoopers) The eastern population of whoopers is considered by USFWS as an "expendable experimental population" (since they are being reintroduced to areas from which they were extirpated) so some losses are expected....


Mary Yandell
Louisville

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On Sep 8, 2010, at 1:31 PM, Susan Ammons <susan.ammons@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Since we have evidence of whooping cranes migrating with the sandhills
here, I would be concerned that a hunter wouldn't know the difference
or not realize what he had shot until it fell out of the sky. I wonder
if this is an issue in other states that allow sandhill hunting?

On 9/6/10, Palmer-Ball, Brainard (EEC) <Brainard.Palmer-Ball@xxxxxx> wrote:
For all those interested in the proposed hunting season on Sandhill Cranes, the Ky. Ornithological Society will be formulating a response to whatever
plan ends up being submitted by the Ky. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Resources. We cannot yet get ahold of the proposal, so it is impossible to comment substantively on it. When a copy of the proposal is made available, I will be sure to get a pdf version of it posted on the KOS web site and make an attempt to collect comments for the response. Some brainstorming on the topic will be initiated by the KOS board at the upcoming fall meeting. I believe that some semblance of a public comment period (at least a time when folks can voice their support/opposition/comments) will occur sometime in
2011.

So stay tuned ...

Brainard Palmer-Ball, Jr., KOS Corresp. Secretary


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   From: HapC1@xxxxxxx
   To: birdky@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
   Sent: Saturday, September 04, 2010 10:31 PM
   Subject: [birdky] Thoughts on Sandhill Crane Hunting issue


I asked Jimmy Wilkerson if I could forward his recent email to TNbirds to
Birdky.  This is an issue that is also relevant in KY.
   Hap Chambers
   Murray, KY


   Fellow Birders,
   The Friday's issue of the "Times Free Press" here in Chattanooga
   ran a front page story on the proposed Sandhill Crane hunt.

I did a little research and am able to document that if TWRA does go through with the hunt as planned, there will be 733 drawing winners who will be allowed to harvest 3 cranes each. At least in the first hunt
   season.

   The only way to purchase a license in Tennessee is by buying a
combination hunting/fishing permit. You can't buy just either the hunting

or the fishing license. The cost is $28.00 annually (Feb. to Feb.)

A hunter also has to purchase an additional permit to hunt waterfowl
   which costs an additional $31.00.

Now lets do some math! 733 lucky hunters will be allowed to harvest
   three each cranes.  That's 2,199 total birds.

If the 733 lucky hunters have not already purchased their waterfowl permit
   they would have to do so in order to hunt Sandhill Cranes.

So, 733 hunters multiplied by $31.00 each equals $22,723.00 EXTRA dollars TWRA would stand to earn for the 2011-2012 hunting season. That works
   out to a grand total of $10.34 per bird.

I propose we start a web-site much like Operation Migration has and sponser
a
bird for an X amount of money and send the proceeds to TWRA so they can have their $22,723.00 and stop this non sense about hunting our Sandhill
Cranes
   in The Great State of Tennessee.

   Jimmy Wilkerson
   Hixson, TN




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