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I was up at the Anahuac NWR this morning and was talking to a "whooping crane specialist" when i asked about the incedent that happend on matagorda island last year regarding the crane being killed. She confirmed that a whooping crane was killed and was recovered by a recovery team, and just this past month was shipped off to be examined in Michigan. I was informed that if they can confirm that the crane was shot that there will be a pretty good chance that matagorda island will be closed to hunting due to the person that supposedly shot it said he mistaked it for a goose. She said that the crane was a very young crane and most likely died from some sort of human interaction with being shot the most probable.
How the hell do you mistake a 5ft tall crane for a goose???
Start organizing right now as a preparedness measure. Gather names, contacts etc. Don't wait until they enact the ruling. There should be some sort of contingency plan. We cannot just be reactive to threats to our hunting/fishing. We must be proactive. The consensus among non-hunters is that we as a group only take from the resource when the truth is we fuel conservation of wild spaces more so financially than any bird watching, "nature loving" group there is. There are some yahoos that ruin it for the majority of us but we have to project a positive, actively involved image and cultivate the youth to continue to hang on to what we hold dear. let me know what I can do to help you from Central Texas.
The no snow/blue goose hunting zone would likely expand first and might also be expanded to include no dark geese in the area as well before they stop duck hunting. Just an opinion. Also the state might need to consider waterfowl ID course as a requirement with all the new duck hunters.
This is the second year this issue has come up. Have to keep our heads up on this again.
unfortunatly there is a second case. This one is a confirmed kill by a duck hunter. The article discusses the year old case the cause of death is still unknown, which is interesting as how long does it take to find shot in a bird carcuss? Anyway here is link to the new one.
I shoot every swan I see but would never shoot a whopping crane. It's not so much that their illegal but you would think people would care about an animal that is going extinct. Need to get Anna Paquin to do another Fly Away Home but this time with whopping cranes.