Crane hunting tipsHide well. Sandhill cranes have very good eyesight.
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
Bob Jensen, a North Dakota sandhill crane hunting enthusiast from Grand Forks, offers these tips for pursuing the birds:
- Hide well. They have very good eyesight.
- Be patient. The current flock might present a marginal shot where the next flock could be closer.
- When using decoys, hunters should set up in the same spot in the field where they saw the cranes.
- If the cranes flare, check your setup. “I have had a candy wrapper spook them at 80 yards,” Jensen said.
- Do not “bust” the field. When scouting, birds that are within half a mile will fly if hunters slow down to look, Jensen said. Stay away from them and use binoculars
- Pass shooting is the easiest way to harvest cranes. (See tips one and two.)