Sandhill Crane Population Causes Idaho Hunting Concern
Lower numbers of sandhill cranes has the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reducing the 2013 harvest, according to the Associated Press.
In the Pacific Flyway, more than 15,400 cranes were counted last September, versus a 3-year average of more than 17,000.
The Pacific Flyway Council makes its recommendation taking the 3-year average into consideration for the Rocky Mountain population.
Idaho hunters took an allowed 275 cranes last year, but that number has been greatly reduced. The proposed limit this year is 137 birds. That’s the lowest allocation since 1996.
The public has time to make public comment on the proposal, which would change daily and seasonal limits.