I will take shooting 3 cranes over decoys over and above all other types of waterfowl hunting. There is nothing in waterfowling that compares to shooting three 15 - 18 pound cranes at 40 yards, wings set, with nothing but waves of cranes filling the skyline and their piercing/haunting calls filling the wind swept morning on the prairie. One limit over decoys and you will be forever changed.
I am constantly amazed at how few people actually hunt these birds. The biggest bonus is that other waterfowl species will always utilize a field crane are using for feeding. I guess nothing says protection to a mallard or a Canada goose, like a field of 500 three to four foot sentries.
Mandan huh? Are you a local or a transplant? I am a former N.D. resident who spent the formative years in the confines of the walls and halls of the Mandan Public School District (even an alumni of Mandan High 8) ).
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