TWRA Postpones Sandhill Crane Hunting

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency recently proposed establishing a hunting season on Sandhill Cranes in Tennessee. This proposa lwas presented to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission for approval at the Commission's January 2011 meeting. If approved by the Commission, permits would be issued to allow 733 hunters to harvest each three Sandhill Cranes. The Commission voted to delay further consideration of the hunt for two years.

Sandhill Cranes in Flight
Photo by David Aborn

After extensive research and discussion of this proposed crane hunt and the complex associated issues, the TOS Conservation Policy Committee recommended and the TOS Board of Directors adopted the following position statement on October 2, 2010:

"The Tennessee Ornithological Society believes that the fall arrival and over-wintering of tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes in Tennessee should be celebrated as a wildlife spectacle and a Watchable Wildlife viewing opportunity.

The Tennessee Ornithological Society is presently opposed to initiating a Sandhill Crane hunting season in Tennessee."

Sandhill and Whooping Cranes
Mixed flock of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes (including a juvenile) at Hiwassee Refuge.
Photo by Vickie Henderson.

Links for more information:
List of issues related to the hunt compiled by TOS Conservation Policy Committee members
TOS letter to TN Wildlife Resources Commission opposing the proposed hunt
TOS comments on proposed hunt submitted to TWRA Director Carter

TWRA webpage on proposed Sandhill Crane hunt
Atlantic and Mississippi Flyway Councils Management Plan for the eastern population of the Sandhill Crane
Vickie Henderson's blog entry on the proposed hunt

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