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Title: YUP Did it
Post by: D45/70 on September 12, 2015, 08:23:36 PM
Two week ago the wife and I went scouting in our sand hill crane unit. We got a good lead and got permission to hunt for Sand Hill crane.
 My boy and I hit it opening day. 2:30 am and I'm loading the suburban and heading to his house to roll down the highway.
 One half hour before the season opened we are standing in neck high grass on the banks of the river with crane in front of us. Darker then But, with no moon we stumbled through the alfalfa field to where we thought we wanted to be.
 I'm very glad we did our home work on this on, it turned out we HAD to fill the tags in one day and would not be able to get back, only a three week hunting season and "THE" moose hunt would take up the next few weeks.
 The pre scouting, looking at the maps, google earth, and boots on the ground talking with the locals . All put us in a drainage in to the river ,with the wind to our backs and 80 crane in front of us, all waiting for the sun.
 When it started IT STARTED. Two minutes after legal shooting time they started to lift off the river in groups of 3 and 4. They headed right over our heads. The first three where just to my side on the right. I took the 870 loaded with my coyote loads and goose loads. I had in two 3 1/2" 1 1/2 oz. of steel BBB and one 1 /5/8 oz. of Lead F for back up. The last two where not needed the crane folded and crashed 30 yards to my right.
 My boy pulled up on the next pair and shot, a miss ( very strange for him ) he racked in another or at least tried ,JAMMED...
 Now it was pandemonium, there was 80 or so crane in the air only yards over our heads.
 He hollered, "DAD give me your gun" which I did with out an explanation. The 870 went off again , the crane hit the ground with an audial thud.
 There! minutes in to the season and we are tagged out.
 GOD I love it when a plan comes together...
 First ever to us crane and back home for lunch.
 Six hours driving round trip, half hour out and back and three minutes shooting PERFICT !




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Title: Re: YUP Did it
Post by: MOSPARKY on September 12, 2015, 11:48:41 PM
Excellent !! Man, you get to hunt some neat stuff. I'm pretty sure Cranes and Swans are off limits all the time here.
Title: Re: YUP Did it
Post by: John Andrews on September 13, 2015, 06:27:10 AM
 O0 You fellas did good, D! Are those birds good eating?
Title: Re: YUP Did it
Post by: D45/70 on September 13, 2015, 09:54:27 AM
There dark meat. Looks like beef roast raw and cooked.
 No plucking , ripped the breast off with a "Wing slinger " and skinned it , skinned the legs and where finished in about 3 minutes each. I BBQ ed one half the breast and a thigh after I marinated in milk for an hour or two , for dinner when I got home. Covered it with some bacon onion, and fresh garlic rapped it in tin foil and cooked it like a beef roast for 45 minutes, To long by the way. It was very good with the left over pasta salad we had in the fridge
Title: Re: YUP Did it
Post by: John Andrews on September 14, 2015, 05:28:16 AM
 O0 Sure sounds good, D!
Title: Re: YUP Did it
Post by: Big58cal on September 21, 2015, 09:28:53 AM
Congrats D!  O0   That's a big 'ol bird!  :o
Title: Re: YUP Did it
Post by: Ks_Sniper on September 23, 2015, 06:02:53 PM
We have sandhill crane season here. I may have to look into it.
Title: Re: YUP Did it
Post by: John Andrews on October 22, 2015, 11:24:28 AM
Soon to be in the oven, BC?  :twisted: