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Sandhill crane ?
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Contributors to this thread:
Scrappy 02-Oct-19
Dirk Diggler 02-Oct-19
TrapperKayak 02-Oct-19
Scrappy 02-Oct-19
fubar racin 02-Oct-19
TrapperKayak 02-Oct-19
Brotsky 02-Oct-19
Scrappy 02-Oct-19
Destroyer350 02-Oct-19
'Ike' 02-Oct-19
JTV 02-Oct-19
Franklin 02-Oct-19
Grey Ghost 02-Oct-19
BigOzzie 02-Oct-19
greg simon 02-Oct-19
Elite 1 02-Oct-19
JTV 02-Oct-19
Norseman 02-Oct-19
Grey Ghost 02-Oct-19
aaron 02-Oct-19
sir misalots 02-Oct-19
JTV 02-Oct-19
Scrappy 02-Oct-19
RK 02-Oct-19
Scrappy 02-Oct-19
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BIG BEAR 02-Oct-19
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APauls 02-Oct-19
gottoohunt 02-Oct-19
South Farm 03-Oct-19
South Farm 03-Oct-19
JTV 03-Oct-19
South Farm 03-Oct-19
SlipShot 04-Oct-19
JTV 04-Oct-19
Woods Walker 04-Oct-19
Woods Walker 04-Oct-19
BIG BEAR 04-Oct-19
JTV 04-Oct-19
Tonybear61 05-Oct-19
Jaquomo 05-Oct-19
Irishman 06-Oct-19
Cheesehead Mike 07-Oct-19
From: Scrappy
02-Oct-19
Elk hunting in heavy timber about 8,500 feet I thought I was seeing things. It was about seven sandhill cranes walking through the woods. I either saw the same group or different one a few days later. Google says they will go in the woods but I was really blown away seeing these things walking through the mountain. Is it just me being new to the mountains or did I see something uncommon?

From: Dirk Diggler
02-Oct-19
Watched a flock of 10 land on a hillside at 9k while migrating a few falls ago. Rubbed my eyes like you did wondering if I was seeing what I was seeing.

From: TrapperKayak
02-Oct-19
What state?

From: Scrappy
02-Oct-19
Montana

From: fubar racin
02-Oct-19
Not all that uncommon in some areas.

From: TrapperKayak
02-Oct-19
Lots of 'em in Montana when I was there. Never saw them in the mountains though, just flying over or feeding in flatlands fields.

From: Brotsky
02-Oct-19
Ribeye of the sky. I would have formulated a stalk if in season and properly licensed.

From: Scrappy
02-Oct-19
Brotsky it crossed my mind but I had no idea if the season was open or if they even had a season. They really didn't seem very spooked after they saw me.

From: Destroyer350
02-Oct-19
I had a few strange encounters with sandhills this year also. They were going through the woods with their wings out walking in circles. I saw them several times this year doing that. I was pretty close and they didnt spook. First time I had ever seen that.

From: 'Ike'
02-Oct-19
So cool...

From: JTV
02-Oct-19
Ive had cam pics of them in the woods before ..they go in looking for small rodents, frogs, salamanders, snakes, etc. is what a State biologist told me .... they pass thru Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife area by the tens of thousands every fall, in AM/PM flights, they are so loud, you cant hear a deer walking in the dry leaves under you ... BTW, no hunting them here either

From: Franklin
02-Oct-19
They are becoming the new "Canadian geese" in the Midwest....they are everywhere now.

From: Grey Ghost
02-Oct-19
FYI, in Colorado, Sandhill cranes can only be hunted east of the Continental Divide from Oct. 5 - Dec. 1. Bag limit is 3 and 9 in possession. A small game license and a federal HIP permit number is required.

So, it may be a worthwhile permit to have, if you hunt eastern plains deer in CO, but not during elk season.

Matt

From: BigOzzie
02-Oct-19
They are ever present around my cabin, which is on the edge of the meadow leading directly up the mountain behind. I love these birds, their vocal range and number of possible sounds is amazing, and loud. The mating dance is a spectacle to watch, way cool as good as the eagles in flight ritual. They will be out in the dense timber frequently. The cabin is at 4K ft elevation so not as extreme as the OP, but they will live mate and raise young right there at the cabin, in the meadow most of the time, but frequently making odd sounds from the deep timber.

oz

From: greg simon
02-Oct-19
I spotted movement on a mountainside in the Yukon and just knew I had located a band of Mountain Caribou. When I put the spotter on it, Sandhill cranes. Damn it!

One of my hunting partners voice called in a flock of them while we were duck hunting in Saskatchewan. They make a strange sound while in the air.

From: Elite 1
02-Oct-19
When I was younger a buddy of mine dad owned a bar. We took the broken pool sticks and tied gummy sacks filled with straw tied them half way up the sticks made great decoys they are a blast to hunt when they hit the ground you know it.

From: JTV
02-Oct-19
Ive known Jim (JP Property Manager) for many years .. he has been at JP for over 20 yrs I believe ...

From: Norseman
02-Oct-19
Global warming...I mean climate change??

From: Grey Ghost
02-Oct-19
They migrate thru my area every October. Their arrival is always a reminder that colder weather is right around the corner. I'm usually too busy hunting mulies to hunt them. They are a very unique and noisy bird. I've never eaten one, but I've heard they are delicious.

Matt

From: aaron
02-Oct-19
I have seen them several years in the general area of the Flat Tops in Colorado during archery and rifle seasons. I saw them in the sky this year but not in the woods!

From: sir misalots
02-Oct-19
taste like chicken

From: JTV
02-Oct-19
GG, its the opposite in the spring when they are going overhead in late March/April on south winds, you know warmer weather is coming ... you can hear their calls, and usually the flock is waaaay up there circling, heading north ....

From: Scrappy
02-Oct-19
I was in Nebraska turkey hunting the first time I was around them. I distinctly remember the racket they made. Couldn't even hear a gobbler in the field.

From: RK
02-Oct-19
We shoot a lot of them when they show up each year. Mostly pass over shooting or from a duck blind.

Hard to decoy. I been on decoy hunts where the guide used dozens of mounted sandhills

Will kill a retriever so no dogs are used

Incredibly good eating. Taste nothing like chicken. Bacon wrapped on grill - medium rare!!

From: Scrappy
02-Oct-19
Will kill a retriever so no dogs are used

??? A wounded bird I'm assuming.

From: RK
02-Oct-19
Exactly. Beak to the head

From: BIG BEAR
02-Oct-19
I just saw on line that there are dogs down in Texas that wear “RexSpecs” goggles while retrieving cranes.... crazy !!!

02-Oct-19
I've seen them in the woods in Wyoming at 8K feet and at 20 feet in the sloughs up hear near Kotzebue. I've gone after them in spring while duck hunting up here after seeing them from the boat and never been able to get a shot. When they fly around up here, they're generally just out of shot range.

From: BIG BEAR
02-Oct-19
I could hear a few here from my tree stand last night.... They roost here all summer. You can’t hunt them here.....

From: oldgoat
02-Oct-19

oldgoat's Link
I used to see them in one location I elk hunted, so I researched it and found out mountain meadows are a normal nesting area for them. Link is a Google page with maps showing their breeding ranges etc

https://www.google.com/search?q=sandhill+crane+breeding+range&client=ms-android-verizon&prmd=isvn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjSp4GGq_7kAhVGJTQIHdSRBbMQ_AUoAXoECA8QAQ&biw=360&bih=512&dpr=4

From: Elite 1
02-Oct-19
Big Bear that’s exactly what they go for first there eyes.

From: fubar racin
02-Oct-19
In Colorado east of the divide except north park and the San Luis valley in Colorado starting oct 5

From: APauls
02-Oct-19
We have them thick here in Manitoba in places. Within a few miles you can see hundreds.

From: gottoohunt
02-Oct-19
Just spent 8 days in the Thorofare wilderness area of Wyoming and heard some Sandhill cranes one day. Later that same day while riding back to camp in the evening jumped three just off the trail. Watched them make a big circle and land back where they started at around 8,000 feet elevation. They sure are loud especially when you are close.

From: South Farm
03-Oct-19
Up to 50,000 at peak time (which is now until the snow flies) here in Crex Meadows near Grantsburg Wisconsin. They have a very prehistoric sound to them that can't be mistaken for anything else on earth! Actually got lucky the other night and spotted my first ever Whooping Crane mixed in with them...one of only 102 east of the Mississippi, and only 500 or so in all of NA, so says Google...so VERY RARE indeed! Anyway, hoping we get a season here one day so I can see what they taste like.

From: South Farm
03-Oct-19
I want to try a Sandhill on the grill, not Whooping! Thought I better clarify..

From: JTV
03-Oct-19
yea, Ive seen Whoopers mixed in with the Sandhills here before ... they are even a larger Crane ... neat bird to see ... a buddy of mine got pics of a leg tag and sent it to a Whooper research group, they sent him back info on the bird.. really cool ....

From: South Farm
03-Oct-19
Cool! My whooper had 2 red tags and 1 green, but too far to read unfortunately.

From: SlipShot
04-Oct-19
I hear and see them fly over every year while hunting. I hunt between 7500 and 8500 feet. It usually takes awhile to find them in the sky once you hear them. They fly very high and are small v shapes, with each individual looking like a small pencil dot in the sky. Very cool to hear.

From: JTV
04-Oct-19
Yep, every spring ^^ .... love that call that time of year... not so much when deer hunting and they are at tree top level by the thousands ... ;0(

From: Woods Walker
04-Oct-19
Frruuu......frruuu.......frruuu.........

From: Woods Walker
04-Oct-19
It's amazing how you can sometimes hear them, but they're so high up you can't see them without really pinpointing the specks they are in the sky.

If you've ever read Aldo Leopold's "Sand County Almanac", you've probably seen the piece he wrote about the Sandhill crane.

From: BIG BEAR
04-Oct-19
Heard the Sandhills.... a couple of owls..... and a flock of turkeys tonight while on stand. The turkeys start making a racket cutting and purring before flying up to their roost and I can hear their wingbeats flying up one by one....... Oh,,, And I saw a few deer too. My new house is near an Audubon preserve that has roosting cranes. I see them flying just above the treetops of my house headed for the preserve frequently. We even have a “Sandhill Crane” winery down the road a bit..... that the wife likes to visit..... Ha !!

The migrating cranes that you guys see down there in Indiana JTV are the same ones that migrate through here. The most counted in our preserve was over 8,000 in November of 2010.....(The Audubon Preserve is only 1,000 acres). I think only about 20 birds actually roost on the sanctuary property all summer but you can see them in farm fields for 10-15 miles from here regularly throughout the summer.

From: JTV
04-Oct-19
Cranes .. saw at least 1000 tonight (JP), 5 turkey, 1 spike and a Doe still nursing a fawn ... that Doe and fawn was at 14 yds, fun to watch the fawn running, bucking, playing "reindeer games" .. ;0)

From: Tonybear61
05-Oct-19

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Had a sand hill walk up on me one spring while turkey hunting. I thought it was a silent tom, kept calling waiting for him to appear. Then the crane called about 10 yds away. I about jumped out of my skin.

Their little ones are about the weirdest chick out there.

From: Jaquomo
05-Oct-19
Whooping cranes taste very similar to spotted owls...

An old rancher pointed out some sandhills to me once on his high mountain pasture and said, "Now don't you tell anybody about 'em because next thing we'll have a bunch of them city people up here a wantin' to watch them cranes have sex".

From: Irishman
06-Oct-19
I've seen sand hill cranes around 8,000 ft in Montana many times over the years. However, they have been in meadows, not walking through the forest. They do seem to be a lot more common in the last few years though.

07-Oct-19
Yep lots of them in Wisconsin. I read somewhere once that they have the loudest call in the animal kingdom.

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