The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will again consider instituting a sandhill crane hunt. State wildlife officials will take public comment, and the commission will decide whether to allow crane hunting when it meets in August. This is the second time in three years that the agency has pondered such a proposal. The Tennessean reports the commission considered a hunt in 2011 but deferred action on the proposal.
Kentucky has a sandhill crane hunting season and is the only Southeastern state among 15 nationwide that allow it. The migratory birds have wingspans up to 6 feet. Tens of thousands of them descend on southeastern Tennessee each winter. The agency will take public comment until August 10th.