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#6996999 - 12/14/17 09:08 PM I was on the X but........
DWADR Offline

Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 605
Loc: Aledo, Texas
The winds shifted overnight and the Cranes flew south off of the roost and missed me by one field in which of course I did not have permission to hunt. Iíve never really talked about it on the forum but I guess Iíll go ahead and tell my story about my passion for hunting Sandhill Crane. Starting off at about the age of 5, I was on the treck for Sandhill Crane out in West Texas with my dad and grandfather every season. My grandfather was a federal judge and we hunted with a good friend of his that was a federal game warden. We pretty much got to hunt cranes wherever we wanted to until my grandfather was too old to make the trip anymore. Iíll never forget sleeping in the back of Don Kriebles (the game warden) jeep Cherokee, wrapped up in the decoy bags and waking up to him handing me an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen during a hunt that was too cold for me to be in the field. I learned so much from them during those years hunting Sandhills and they are absolutely my favorite bird to hunt. Anyway, we had a lot of hunts where the wind was not in our favor but being that we hunted with a game warden, we could usually correct that problem quickly. Man I miss those days!

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#6997077 - 12/14/17 09:49 PM Re: I was on the X but........ [Re: DWADR]
beaversnipe Online   crying
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Registered: 01/17/10
Posts: 18922
Loc: Uranus
Went twice this year so far.
First hunt 33 cranes last week in wichita falls -was my best hunt in 20 years by far-
Second 2 cranes (they went to different field)
Third and fourth hunt will be in the panhandle mid jan
Cant wait.
Shot them with 3 inch tungsten nr 5 in the lips with patern mastern goose tube
Very effective.

Edited by beaversnipe (12/14/17 09:51 PM)

#6997092 - 12/14/17 09:59 PM Re: I was on the X but........ [Re: beaversnipe]
DWADR Offline

Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 605
Loc: Aledo, Texas
They are so much fun to hunt! I ran into another large group of them today but had to get home. Hopefully I can get back out there in January.

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#6997095 - 12/14/17 10:00 PM Re: I was on the X but........ [Re: DWADR]
rickym Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 5847
Loc: texas
Have never been but its something I have wanted to give a go. Sounds like you have great memories!
Originally Posted By: Grizz
Wingshooting is like sex for me - I love doing it but I'm just not that good at it.

#6997579 - 12/15/17 10:54 AM Re: I was on the X but........ [Re: rickym]
john paul Offline
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Registered: 12/19/09
Posts: 1232
Loc: beaumont
Probably my 3rd favorite bird to hunt behind mallards and snow geese. By far my favorite migratory bird to eat.
Originally Posted By: garrett
I'm with GK because I like salty old dudes.


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