The Rocky Mountain elk of migrant birds hunting are meadow crane.
They are about fabled in the eyes of those who have not pursued them because they dwarf ducks and geese, taste better than both, and dwarf both.
Kelly Free, a childhood friend, and his family invited me to go crane hunting next weekend with Twisted Feather Outfitter outside of Lubbock.
We spent two days hunting with a large spread of decoys, an expensive compact blind setup covered in thorny undergrowth, and the conviction that this would be an unforgettable experience.
Due to a mixture of our subpar firing and extremely watchful birds, we had an amazing time and adhered to normal half limits. However, it was the most enjoyable animal hunting experience I’ve always had, and the staff at Twisted Feather Outfitters is skilled and diligent in their work to ensure our success.
Additionally, unlike ducks, you just need a few of these villains to eat.
And that was actually the most thrilling aspect. Because of their delectable breast meat, sandhlil cranes are referred to as the “ribeye of the clouds.”
Although some people may find the idea of eating a hoist repulsive, they should be aware that they are not the native bayou’s fish-eating animals. These are rice eating who are not only fantastic at the dinner table but also extremely intelligent, afraid game birds.
I may understand that combination.
Areas of Hunting
This image depicts the three sandhill hunting areas in Texas. Additionally, there is a locked area as you can see.
Zone C Closed Area: From a column starting at the Kleberg-Nueces County Line and the Gulf of Mexico, north along the state line to Park Road 22, to State Highway. To State Highway 358 286, south to U.S. Hwy. 37, and north to IH 37. 181 to U.S. Highway, north and west. 77 at Sinton, along U.S. Highway, north and east. 77 to US Highway East and south along U.S. Highway 87 in Victoria. 87 to State Highway 35, along State Highways to the north and east. 35 to the southernmost point of the Lavaca Bay Causeway, south and east along the Bay’s sea to reach the Ship Channel, and south-and-east along its send channel until it reaches the Gulf of Mexico.
Dates for the seasons
Zone A: January 28, 2024–Oct 28th, 2023
Zone B: November 24, 2023 through January 28, 2024
Zone C: December 16, 2023 through January 21, 2024.
Areas A and B have regularly bag restrictions of three, while Zone C has a daily cap of two birds.
As someone who enjoys hunting waterfowl, I can say that it’s somewhat similar to going goose hunting, but I think cranes are actually smarter and have amazing eyesight.
It’s a real joy to watch the large birds enter the harpoons, and hearing their distinctive sounds reverberate over the plains made the practice unforgettable.
Do it if you’ve always wanted to hunt crane but have never done so.
Although The Panhandle is far from anywhere, it is worth the trip to practice hunting the sky’s ribeye.
Please forgive me while I go make mine.
Call Twisted Feather Outfitter to book a hunt.
Mr. Chester Moore