Thursday, August 22, 2013



The TWRA commissioners in Nashville voted unanimously to hold the sandhill crane hunt this Fall to coincide with the migratory bird season.  I personally view this as a terrible venture as the general non-hunting public as well as a huge portion of hunters are against killing cranes.  I don't understand why the relentless push to hunt cranes.  It's senseless.  Pray the whooping cranes don't fall in this hunt as they are clinging to existence and almost extinct.  The Whoopers flock with the sandhills and they are very difficult to distinguish apart.  I'm sure the expert, well informed hunters can easily tell the difference.  It's a damn shame!  A damn shame.

8:40PM  OK.  I just read another article about the killing of cranes.  I'm trying to empathize with both interested factions here but am finding it difficult to do.  I am really against this killing of cranes.  Read this article.  The link is below:

The following statement, among other things, is what cements me on the non hunting side.  It is an irresponsible attitude toward the wildlife in question and proves that the hunter is more interested in pulling the trigger than he is about the animal who's head is on the block.  It's all about the hunter, and this is all my opinion:

 "Twelve hundred birds shot out of a population of 89 to 90 thousand birds. What does it hurt? It gives the hunter another opportunity to hunt. It brings money to the game and fish with the permits. Why not?" questioned Larry Jones, a hunter from Kingston.

 The attitude expressed by the above hunter is one that boasts irresponsibility on the part of someone who is interested in only one thing - his own enjoyment..  There's 12,000 birds so what's killing a few going to hurt?  It hurts because we are supposed to be caretakers of these wild animals.  We didn't bring them back from the edge of extinction for the purpose of shooting them.  We brought them back because it's the wise and correct thing to do.  We didn't bring them back for the enjoyment of hunters to slaughter them.  They are defenseless.  They fly slow and they are big and ungainly yet gorgeous to watch in flight.  The attitude in that statement is typical of the modern "sportsman."  It's the same with trapping.  There's a lot of otters so we can trap them.  There's a lot of beavers so we can trap them.  The license fees don't even come close to the costs of reintroduction of these critters back into the wild element.  Otters cost TWRA $450 for each otter released.  Trappers can kill them in an unlimited quantity for 28 bucks a year.  What the hell kind of stewardship is that?  Now its the cranes.  How long will it be before gulls and great blue herons make the death list.  Sorry, but I'm pissed!  The cranes are a success story and yet they must pay for their success with their death.  It's nuts!  Hunters don't need to kill cranes.  Is nothing sacred in the wild places?  The bird watchers and anti hunters had three years to prepare for this and they all dropped the ball.  They didn't organize, they didn't enlist the cooperation of the professional ornithologists in the state and they did not put their money where their hearts and minds are.  They dropped the ball big time and they let the cranes down.  Sorry but it's true.  What did they think would happen after three years from the first proposal when the crane hunt issue would be tabled again?  Well, it was tabled, voted on and it passed.  I don't agree at all with it but it's passed.  Now, think of what you all could have done, but didn't.