Hunting Sand Hill Cranes
Good friend, retired Fish and Wildlife endangered species biologist Ted Cook was living in Albuquerque and was hunting sandhill cranes.
I used these little layout blinds there as low profile as possible when you lay between the rows of winter wheat or whatever the farmer's planted, you know, and there about a foot tall and your laying flat as you can. And then you got your crane decoys and you got your call. And so. The limit is 3 a day, actually, because they're pretty common down there. I shot my limit. I just shot one. But I just remember a friend. It was it was awesome because I'm laying cranes come over and I thought they'd gone by. They call a little bit. And I tried calling and they went past me and I could they were like behind my head and I couldn't see them. And they stopped calling and I'm laying there. And then all of a sudden, I hear a swoosh and then boom and the crane lands eight yards away for me. Really. And I sit up with my shotgun and the crane looks at me for like one second and like whoops And he jumps up, starts flying away. And I dumped them. Yeah. And it was so awesome. My wife was actually sitting in the truck and watched the whole thing to hear her. It was so funny. But a friend of mine described it best. He said Shooting cranes is so exciting. The only thing that can make it more exciting is if they burst into flames on the way down. There are these big, long birds, you know. I mean, they're four feet tall, you know, and wingspan to match. And so, anyway, that was a really thrilling hunt. Great.