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#3169644 - 11/01/18 12:30 AM Re: Sandhill Crane [Re: Iamjuggernaut]
OKRattler Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 02/17/08
Posts: 3405
Loc: Ok Panhandle
Tried huntin them for the first time last weekend. My best advice is shoot them in the head and neck. I hit one with 3 1/2" Hevi Metal BB out of my 12 gauge from about 45 yards and it took it like a champ and flew away. I shot another one with my buddies 10 gauge from about 35 yards or so and all I did was break both of its legs. It wobbled but other than that it didn't seem too worried about its injuries.

My buddy shot one 4 times with his 10 gauge and it tried to bite him when he finally caught up to it. Not one pellet was in the meat when we cleaned that bird. Sandhill Cranes are like a mix between Robo Cop and Michael Myers. When you shoot them in the body they might stall out but they don't die.

The only thing tougher than a coyote or feral hog is a sandhill crane.

Edited by OKRattler (11/01/18 12:33 AM)
I didn't climb to the top of the food chain to eat carrots.

#3169682 - 11/01/18 11:19 AM Re: Sandhill Crane [Re: Iamjuggernaut]
redhaze Online
Seasoned Member

Registered: 10/03/18
Posts: 130
Loc: Texas
I've hunted them in NE New Mexico and can say they are tough critters. Shot at them with a 12 gauge and could hear the bb's hitting and I guess bouncing off of them. Funny as hades to chase.

#3185000 - 01/13/19 12:50 AM Re: Sandhill Crane [Re: Iamjuggernaut]
Californiadoggers Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 01/07/19
Posts: 58
Loc: California
I have a buddy that hunts them in Wyoming he says they taste great

#3209138 - 08/03/19 11:50 AM Re: Sandhill Crane [Re: Christian30]
22 Chuck Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 08/11/17
Posts: 121
Loc: Montmorency Co, MI
Here in MI there is talk by sportsmen about a season. The anti (bird lovers) have not chimed in, yet, that I know of.

It seems the big brds are just like pheasants in the spring when crops, (corn, soybeans) are sprouting and sending up new growth. The birds love those softened seeds on the bottom of the sprouts.
They will go right down a row and wipe out several feet of the crop. Farmers support a season.

#3209156 - 08/03/19 06:55 PM Re: Sandhill Crane [Re: Iamjuggernaut]
jetman Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/07/11
Posts: 1339
Loc: almost Canada
There a kick to hunt.
Out standing to eat
They get in to the hey stacks to eat the seeds like turkeys
It's all good all the time

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