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Do Sandhill Crane eat cotton #7658985 11/11/19 11:17 PM
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When scouting for crane I always look for peanut, wheat, millet, etc fields but will the Crane land and feed in cotton fields as well? Not sure if they eat cotton seed or not? Anyone know if Sandhills like cotton?


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Yes. I am not a Crane hunting expert but can attest we had a awesome hunt over a cotton field.

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No. They are either being lazy and loafing, scratching up weeds and eating the root system, or there has been winter wheat sewn in and they are eating it.

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They will land in cotton by the thousands but they don't eat it..

Re: Do Sandhill Crane eat cotton [Re: RcostaK] #7659575 11/12/19 03:55 PM
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There ya go.

Re: Do Sandhill Crane eat cotton [Re: RcostaK] #7662522 11/15/19 04:37 AM
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They will eat the rye grass and other crap weeds that are first back up after defoliating cotton.... I don't think they are actually eating the cotton, rather the fresh growth under it

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Originally Posted by john paul
No. They are either being lazy and loafing, scratching up weeds and eating the root system, or there has been winter wheat sewn in and they are eating it.



Wrong. I hunted 7 cotton fields last season and shot limits every time. No wheat drilled in the field. Cotton seed is 20% protein. Ranchers feed It to cattle, hunters feed It to deer. Cranes eat It too. Times are changing, especially when food is in short supply. Number one rule of bird hunting, be where they want to be. Take advantage of the situation, it’s really easy to get permission for a cotton field.

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^^^^^This^^^^^

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No. They are either being lazy and loafing, scratching up weeds and eating the root system, or there has been winter wheat sewn in and they are eating it.



Wrong. I hunted 7 cotton fields last season and shot limits every time. No wheat drilled in the field. Cotton seed is 20% protein. Ranchers feed It to cattle, hunters feed It to deer. Cranes eat It too. Times are changing, especially when food is in short supply. Number one rule of bird hunting, be where they want to be. Take advantage of the situation, it’s really easy to get permission for a cotton field.


You show me a crane with cotton seed in his craw and I will believe you. I guess they could be gritting out there also?? It is my understanding that it is very difficult for all birds to digest cotton seed, hence the reason they don’t eat it. Maybe a crane every now and then eats a cotton seed but that is not the main reason they are out there, even when some type of cover crop isn’t sewn in on top.


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