Tennessee considering open hunting on sandhill cranes

Tennessee considering open hunting on sandhill cranes

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Some say the population of sandhill cranes can withstand a hunting season. Others say the sandhill crane population is still recovering. Some say the population of sandhill cranes can withstand a hunting season. Others say the sandhill crane population is still recovering.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's wildlife committee voted Thursday to allow the birds to be hunted after listening to the proposed guidelines along with a mix of public opinion. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's wildlife committee voted Thursday to allow the birds to be hunted after listening to the proposed guidelines along with a mix of public opinion.
"I don't think just because a species is doing well is an excuse to hunt it," said opponent Anna Grabowski. "I don't think just because a species is doing well is an excuse to hunt it," said opponent Anna Grabowski.
"There is no reason that the Crane Days Festival and bird watching can't continue along with a hunting season," said supporter Robert Brewer. "There is no reason that the Crane Days Festival and bird watching can't continue along with a hunting season," said supporter Robert Brewer.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Sportsmen in Tennessee could soon hunt sandhill crane. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's wildlife committee voted Thursday to allow the birds to be hunted after listening to the proposed guidelines along with a mix of public opinion.

TWRA is proposing a hunting season with a limit of three cranes from Nov. 26 to Jan. 1. Hunting would be allowed from sunrise to sunset along the region south of interstate 40 and east of Highway 56, mostly in the Meigs County area.

Several people made presentations both for and against hunting the birds. Some say the population of sandhill cranes can withstand a hunting season.

"This is not an either/or situation. There is no reason that the Crane Days Festival and bird watching can't continue along with a hunting season," said Robert Brewer, who supports hunting sandhill cranes.

Others say the sandhill crane population is still recovering.

"I don't think just because a species is doing well is an excuse to hunt it," said opponent Anna Grabowski.

The wildlife committee had to consider several factors including biological, social and economical impacts.

A final decision is expected from the Tennessee Wildlife Commission after a vote on Friday.

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