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Kentucky to hold first sandhill crane hunt

November 14, 2011 at 01:41 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

The permit application period opens Nov. 15 for Kentucky’s first sandhill crane hunting season to run from Dec. 17 - Jan. 15.

The season may close earlier if hunters take the quota of 400 cranes before Jan. 15.

The application period runs through Nov. 30.

The drawing is scheduled for Dec. 5.

Applications are only available online at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources website, http://www.fw.ky.gov.

Each application costs $3 and a hunter may only apply once.

Four hundred hunters will be selected by random drawing.

Each permitted hunter may take up to two sandhill cranes.

Hunters must register each crane on the day the bird is taken.

Hunters will also be required to monitor the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website daily for notices of season closure and notifications of the presence of whooping cranes in Kentucky.

For more information, call (800) 858-1549 during normal weekday working hours.

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