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SANDHILL CRANE

Hunting, shooting, fishing for Sandhill crane

Wildfowling, Hunting from a Blind


A definite change of pace from other game birds, hunting for the uniquely large birds coined the “Ribeyes in the Sky” is something you do more than just for their tasty meat.

A “crane wreck”, or perfect day hunting for sandhill crane might be sunny or clear, with a slight breeze, maybe in the fall or winter, but always with a rush of in-tuned cranes, diving and presenting themselves only in front of a perfectly well-concealed blind. Goose and sandhill decoys as well as a good, loud call will bring them in. However, they are a hard shot, an extreme challenge to aim for, their delicate legs and large, slender wings owing much to their large and lanky body frame make them difficult to take down easily. If they even get close enough in range that is.

Any twitch, shift or adjustment in the blind may have the shifty birds spooked, gone and out before you have a chance. But, if calm, patient and simultaneously moving, shooting and hitting and bringing the dinosaur-like bird down to earth, be prepared for their aggressive reaction to you on the ground.

A true aviary challenge!

Basic Info


Scientific name: Grus canadensis 

Size: length: 94 cm, wingspan: 1.6 m

Weight: 2.7 – 3.1 kg

Lifespan: 20 years or more

Methods Hunting from a blind, Wildfowling, Wing shooting, Stalking, Walked Up

Countries: North America, North-Eastern Asia