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Ok tell me and don't say Chicken either.

We can't hunt Cranes cause our DNR is afraid that we are going to blast a Whooping Crane. We always wondered what they taste like and why they are such stupid birds!
 

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They taste like goose to me.The legs have the tendons like a turkey or pheasant.
 

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Actually, I think they taste much different than goose and duck. In contrast to geese, they eat grain rather than grass and the meat is a lot stringier (is that a word?). Also, the breasts aren't as oily. My hunting party used to make jerky out of the meat, but we have since switched to sausage. Found an excellent recipe that is mixed with pork and various spices.
 

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I ate some sandhill crane a couple of months ago in Canada.......and I'll tell you what, it tasted great!! It tasted like wild turkey to me......maybe just the way it as cooked, but it was excellent!!
 

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I was talking to a guy today and he called crane "ribeye with wings." He swore they tasted like/better than ruffed grouse. I told him I would have to see this fall. He said pluck 'em and bake 'em.
 

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Heard this from a buddy of mine,, Take the crane stuff a brick in it wrap it with bailer twine put it in the oven for a couple of days take it out. Then you take the twine off and the the brick ouot of the crane, keep the twine and brick then throw the crane away. That is a big jok with guys out in the mclusky area of ND :lol:
 

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Ribeye in the sky! We ate a bunch of them last year in Canada and they tasted awesome pan fried with butter and lipton onion soup mix in the butter. We cubed the meat up and just fried it in the butter/onion soup mix and it tasted great!
 

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Well Brent your the only one ive ever heard liking them dang things. As my dad would say " They taste like bloody cardboard." Hope that answers your question drew. Bye the way how are things out in Wisco?
 

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I love the cranes as well. Slow cook in the crock pot. Put a little water, salt and pepper in there. When the meat strings apart make some beef gravey. Put the meat on a slice of bread, pour on the gravey, and then put on a couple slices of swiss cheese. Thats some tall eating!
 

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Yeah my point exactly :) You have to cover them in gravy and everything else to make them edible. I think they are as bad as swan.
 

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They are my favorite bird to eat that you shoot over decoys. Hands Down.

You just have to know how to cook em... crock pot is ancient chinese secret.....

Tom
 

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Had some last year for the first time. We pan fried it in butter and it was awesome. Had no need to "cover" the taste with any gravy or anything, although we did add some lowry's while cooking it.
I would not hesitate to shoot some again after such a good taste.

On another note, why does it seem that many dislike the taste of sage grouse? When we have pan fried it with butter it was like cutting into a peice of filet mignon. Very tender and VERY tasty...

Slider_01 out.
 

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I kind of thought hey taste half way between a Bald Eagle and a Whooping Crane.

Oh, oh, I didn't see all the posts, and notice that somebody beat me to the humor.

Seriously the young of the year are very tasty, but if you shoot and old one they have the consistency and taste of an old rubber ball. For an old boy the crock pot is the only way to go.
 

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So Tyler why dont you tell me what im supposed to do with after i shoot it and take the band and collar off it? Got any suggestions?
 

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Rio- I had it for the first time two years ago and it was great. The guy we were with put it( the breast) in a Crock Pot along with water, some chicken broth, a whole yellow onion, a single stick of celery and slow cooked it all day. Put it on when we left to hunt and then had it that evening when we returned. It was as good as any beef or waterfowl that I have ever had. Meat of course just fell apart from the slow,all day cooking. It was great.
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Marinate, wrap with bacon and cook on the grill as good at steak. No kidding, try it you will like it!
 
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